MotorCities National Heritage Area
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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1905 Cadillac "Osceola" Coupe
  • Event Date(s) Extended through June 2023
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description This automobile was specially made for Henry M. Leland, general manager of Cadillac Motor Car Company. The car is the first Cadillac built with a fully enclosed body and was made under the supervision of Fred Fisher, one of the brothers who later founded Fisher Body. After leaving Cadillac, Leland went on to found the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917. Leland enjoyed this vehicle so much that it remained his personal runabout for years. He called it "Osceola" to honor a Florida Seminole chief he admired, but due to its unusual appearance, the rest of his family called it the "Old Plug Hat.” The vehicle is the best representation of a "horseless carriage" in the Detroit Historical Society collection and will be on display through Summer 2022.

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  • Event Title Driven to Win: Racing in America
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Event Description Presented by General Motors, the first comprehensive exhibition covering various forms of American auto racing, including stock car, sports car, drag racing, Indy car, hill climb and land-speed racing, is now open in Dearborn. The 24,000 square-foot exhibit provides visitors an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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  • Event Title The Greatest Generation Corvette Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now through March 2023
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum
  • Event Description This exhibit features a dramatic presentation of Chevrolet Corvettes from all eight generations of GM’s legendary American sports car. Through the years, Corvettes have developed from early fiberglass-bodied roadsters with 150-horsepower inline six-cylinder engines and two-speed transmissions, to today’s fire-breathing, mid-engined C8 Corvettes with more than 600 horsepower and 200+ mile per hour top speeds.

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  • Event Title Body By Fisher Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum
  • Event Description Out of the thousands of parts that make up a car, the body is the first thing we see. It is critical to safety, comfort, styling and corporate identity. Perhaps the most prominent auto body producer – Fisher Body Company – grew from a family business, operated by a close-knit group of brothers, into a central pillar of General Motors. From early enclosed car bodies through 1950s tailfins and beyond, “Body by Fisher” indicated a quality product, and their iconic coach emblem on every door sill was a reminder of that pedigree. Though Fisher was dissolved in the 1980s, the name endures through the company’s legacy, the family’s philanthropic efforts, and current ties to the industry.

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  • Event Title Young Modelers Club
  • Event Date(s) Saturdays Running October 1 thru April 22, 2023 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Event Location Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society, Eastpointe
  • Event Description Ages 8 to 16, parents welcome to join in. For those who have never built a model, we give you a free snap-together kit to build and take home! All supplies such as tools, paint, glue, etc will be provided for those who bring their own model to build Members of IPMS Warren model club will be there to help and teach modeling techniques For more info, contact Jim Ashford, 248.399.2386, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • Event Title "Restoring Clara & Henry's House" Lecture
  • Event Date(s) Monday, February 6, 2023 at 7 p.m.
  • Event Location McFadden-Ross House, 915 S Brady St, Dearborn
  • Event Description Cynthia Sohn, Director of Operations, and Austin Eighmey, Senior Project Manager of Preservation and Restoration at the Fair Lane Estate, will speak at the Preservation Dearborn meeting. The lecture will feature ongoing work inside the mansion, what has been accomplished to date, and what remains. Fair Lane was the Dearborn estate of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and his wife, Clara. The 1,300-acre estate along the Rouge River included a large limestone house, an electrical power plant on the dammed river, a greenhouse, a boathouse, riding stables, a children's playhouse, a treehouse, and extensive landmark gardens designed by Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen.

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  • Event Title "Willow Run Boys Camp to Bomber Plant" Lecture
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, February 12, 2023 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
  • Event Description This lecture on the history of Ford's Willow Run Bomber Plant site is presented by historian Rick Cahow. Admission is FREE for Gilmore member and included with Museum admission. $5 admission applies if you're coming just for the lecture. Gilmore's Winter Lecture Series is not streamed via Facebook, YouTube or any other means.