MotorCities National Heritage Area

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Shawn with Lilly Tate and McMorrow RESIZEDCo-Chairs of the Michigan Legislative Auto Caucus from left to right: Rep. Jim Lilly, Rep. Joe Tate and Senator Mallory McMorrow with MotorCities Executive Director Shawn Pomaville-Size.  

Our seventh annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day is coming up Wednesday, November 18, 2020, and for the first time ever, the event is going to be combined with MotorCities National Heritage Area's Annual Meeting -- and take place VIRTUALLY via ZOOM from 10 a.m. to Noon!

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It is a day where supporters of automotive heritage preservation come together in celebration of the state’s unique history of automotive industry. 

We will also honor U.S. Congressman Fred Upton and seven finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with its 7th annual Awards of Excellence.

A winner in each of the three categories -- revitalization, education and tourism -- will be announced during the event. 

Congressman Upton will be honored with MotorCities’ annual Milestone Award. He has supported MotorCities from its beginning, co-signing the original authorizing legislation in 1998.

The finalist for the award for Revitalization is:

·        Steve Shotwell, Board President of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit.

Finalists for the award for Interpretation and Education include:

·        Russell Dore of Dore Productions;

·        Henry Ford Heritage Association for their Henry Ford Quiz Show;

·        The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant for their Early Ford Dealerships 1903-1927 exhibit.

Finalists for the award for Heritage Tourism are the following:

·        Bailey Sisoy-Moore of Detroit History Tours, LLC.;

·        Don and Gayle Nicholson of Don Nicholson Enterprises for organizing numerous car cruises in the metro Detroit community;

·        and William Adcock of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing.

October 30, 2019 was the sixth annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day (see the photo above). It took place at the State Capitol in Lansing. 

Michigan Auto Heritage Day and the Awards of Excellence launched in 2014.

Click here for photos from the 2019 event. 

Sponsors for our 2020 Michigan Auto Heritage Day include the following:


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  • Doreen Mayhew
  • Don Nicholson
  • The Helppie Family Foundation
  • Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau