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Shawn Pomaville-Size, Executive Director, MotorCities National Heritage Area

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Brian Yopp, Director of Programs & Operations, MotorCities National Heritage Area

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Bob Sadler, Communications Manager, MotorCities National Heritage Area

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Here, you will find our press releases, links to recent media coverage, answers to frequently asked questions and our media library.


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20th Anniversary Reunion Gala

It was an exciting night at MotorCities’ 20th Anniversary Reunion Gala event on August 22, 2018 at the historic and picturesque Packard Proving Grounds.

Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, special guests including Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congressman Paul Mitchell, and a program paying tribute to two decades of MotorCities’ success.

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2018 Michigan Auto Heritage Day & Awards of Excellence

On Thursday, December 6, the MotorCities National Heritage Area will celebrate its annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and recognize nine finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage at the 2018 Awards of Excellence.

On that date at the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda, we will recognize nominees and winners in each of the three categories - preservation, education/interpretation and heritage tourism. 

The deadline for the 2018 Awards of Excellence nominations is Tuesday, October 30. Self-nominations are accepted.  


Vintage Car Map DetroitWhat is a National Heritage Area?
A National Heritage Area can be described as an identified place in the United States that best represents a specific theme and story in American history.

How many National Heritage Areas are there?
There are currently 55 National Heritage Areas in the United States.

What is the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service. We preserve, interpret and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor heritage.

MotorCities National Heritage Area partnership inspires residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. This rich heritage will be a source of pride for our communities and a positive influence on our region’s future.

When was the MotorCities National Heritage Area founded?
MotorCities National Heritage Area was designated by U.S. Congress in 1998 to preserve the cultural and historic landscape associated with the automobile in southeastern Michigan.

What kind of programs does MotorCities National Heritage Area provide?
The programs and activities of the MotorCities National Heritage Area are designed to increase heritage tourism throughout the State of Michigan; develop and deploy educational and informational programs that tell the story of the automobile industry and the labor movement in our region; and encourage revitalization through conservation and preservation.

How large is the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
The regional boundaries cover 10,000 square miles and portions of 16 counties in southeast and central Michigan.

What is in the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
There are hundreds of auto and labor related sites and events in the heritage area. They include museums and historic homes; auto restaurants and shopping; motorsports events; parks, gardens and cemeteries; arts and entertainment venues; libraries and archives; car shows, meets and cruises. It is the largest concentration of auto-related sites in the world.

How can I contact MotorCities National Heritage Area?
2937 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: 313.259.3425