MotorCities National Heritage Area
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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 2020
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description Widely criticized when it debuted for its bold snub-nosed look, the Airflow is now revered by historians as a quintessential representative of an entire movement in automotive styling: but it is not just a great body design. It also possesses a myriad of noteworthy engineering advances under its Art Deco façade. Completely restored by the Chrysler Corporation in 1952, this vehicle was donated to the Detroit Historical Museum in 1959, with 28,443 original miles on it. It recently underwent a cosmetic restoration with support from the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

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  • Event Title All American Wayne Road Cruise
  • Event Date(s) June 20, 2020
  • Event Location 35752 Farragut, Westland, MI 48186
  • Event Description Car enthusiasts must put this event on their calendar! This event will be five miles of parties, car shows, and other community events. There will also be auto history displays throughout the five-mile stretch. This is a great event to enjoy food, family, friends, and car fanatics alike. The night will end with a concert and a drive-in movie.

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  • Event Title Cole Motor Company: The Standardized Car
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, January 19, 2020 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners
  • Event Description The auto industry had many manufactures and many supplies with thousands of ways of doing things. This lecture will cover the origins of standardization and specifically focus on the Cole Motor Car Company that trademarked the term "standardized car" in 1913. Cole went on to work with a who's who in the automotive industry and organized the million dollar standardization conference that same year to drive increased standards and approaches for the industry. This lecture will give the history of early standardization approaches and share the evolution during the 1910's and 20's. Speaker: Kevin Fleck is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH), founder of the Cole Motor Car Registry, guest curator of the previous Cole Motor Car Exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum, author of several automotive articles, and a pre-1930s automotive collector and enthusiast.

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  • Event Title The Ford Model T, How It Changed the World
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, January 26, 2020, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners
  • Event Description Automotive historian Don LaCombe spent 36 years in Product Development at Ford Motor Company and is now affiliated with Detroit’s Ford Piquette Plant Museum, the birthplace of the Model T. Admission to each lecture is included in general admission and is just $5/person if you're only coming to take in the lecture!

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  • Event Title Driving Through the Jim Crow Era
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, February 2, 2020 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners
  • Event Description Presenters are historian John Burton and musician Robin Nott. Nott has been a Fine Arts educator for over 42 years, teaching and directing theatre in public school, community theatre, and university theatre settings. He holds a Master's degree in Developmental Drama/Theatre for the Young, and has had a storytelling business since 1983. Nott has been a musician since his early garage band days in 1964, playing in bands, folk singing with children, and leading adult education learning gatherings for Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assn. For the program "Driving Through The Jim Crow era," Nott brings together classic blues, country, folk, and spiritual music to accompany the educational road trip. Admission is included in general admission and just $5/person if you're only coming to take in the lecture.

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  • Event Title The Hackett Automobile Museum: A History
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, February 9, 2020 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners
  • Event Description Ted O'Dell, Founder & Executive Director, shares the under-told story of Jackson, Michigan -- America’s Original Car Capital. In an age where many car museums are going out of business, the Hackett Auto Museum is a new museum and event venue being created in Jackson. Onetime home to a documented 33 car manufacturers, this presentation will give the viewer an understanding of the vision and passion behind the creation of the “Hackett Auto Museum” its preservation, restoration and the history. The presentation will share some basic information about early industrialist and automotive titans Charles H. Lewis, Benjamin Briscoe, Byron J. Carter, Horace Mansell Hackett and the men behind the marketing and manufacturing of many of the now orphaned automobiles to come out of Jackson. Admission is included in general admission and just $5/person if you're only coming to take in the lecture.

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  • Event Title Behind the Scenes at the Yankee Air Museum
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Yankee Air Museum, Belleville, MI
  • Event Description Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Space is limited for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and each spot is just $12 per person. This event includes a tour of the museum, workshops, and an inside look into the Textile and Equipment Collections Rooms. There are 4 different tour times: (only 20 guests for each tour) 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The tours last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. To find out more about the Behind the Scenes Tours, call 734.483.4030.

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  • Event Title National Engineers Week Celebration
  • Event Date(s) February 16-23, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Event Location The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Event Description Engineers transform big dreams into remarkable realities. Salute the dreamers and doers who solve problems and make our lives better at The Henry Ford as we join the national celebration of Engineers Week. Discover historic inventors and past challenges like powering industries and designing homes, then try your hand at today’s engineering trials in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Pop the hood on vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and check-out Dream Big in the Giant Screen Experience to see the many ways engineers make an impact on the world today. Roll up your sleeves for a week of hands-on inspiration at the museum, factory tour and giant screen — and a bold start to engineering your own story.