MotorCities National Heritage Area

Travel Michigan Radio Show (Bob Sadler guests in the final segment at 29:00)
News/Talk 760 | 7.19.2020

Auto Heritage Nonprofit Accepting Grant Applications (scroll all the way down) | 7.16.2020

Bob Sadler Talks About the Automobile Heritage Hunt (MP3 sound file)
WWJ Newsradio 950 
| 7.13.2020

The Chevy Impala Isn't Completely Dead Yet (Includes a link to our 2019 Story of the Week on the Impala) | 7.1.2020

Shake Up Your Daily Steps with These Hiking & Walking Spots (See West Bllomfield Entry) | 5.22.2020

MotorCities At Home Series: Billy Durant, Founder of General Motors | 5.18.2020

New "MotorCities At Home" Virtual Zoom Programs Debut Friday | 5.14.2020

Pokorski Elected to MotorCities Board of Directors
Macomb Daily | 5.5.2020

Arsenal of Democracy Website Adds Auto Industry's Coronavirus Efforts
Detroit Free Press | 4.18.2020

March On! Blues Collar Poetry and Music Fest
Downtown Monitor | 3.5.2020

MotorCities Announces 2020 Lunch & Learn Series 
Detroit Auto Scene 
| 2.24.2020 

March On! Music Festival in Dearborn Benefits Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park project
Dearborn Press & Guide | 2.19.2020

New Highway Signs Highlight Michigan's Auto History
WLNS-TV Lansing | 1.29.2020

Those Big Brown Signs Along I-96 and I-69 Were 20 Years in the Making
Lansing State Journal | 1.29.2020

Henry Ford Highlighted in Documentary
Detroit Auto Scene 
| 1.6.2020

Travel Michigan Radio Show with Dave Lorenz (Bob Sadler guest in opening segment)
News/Talk 760 WJR | 1.5.2020

Local Organizations Approved Grant Money for Preserving Car Culture | 12.30.19

Film Exploring Henry Ford's Complicated Legacy Awarded Grant
Detroit News | 12.28.19

Local Organizations Get Grant Money for Preserving Car Culture | 12.20.19

New MotorCities Speakers Bureau
Detroit Auto Scene | 11.14.19

Cherry Hill Ford Factory Project Wins Honors
Associated Newspapers (Canton Eagle) 
| 11.14.19

Back to the Bricks Claims National Award for Promoting Heritage Tourism (from MotorCities) 
WJRT-TV ABC12  (Flint) | 11.4.19

Back to the Bricks Receives Heritage Tourism Award (from MotorCities) 
My City Magazine (Flint) | 11.7.19

The Road Trip That Wasn't: What UK Fans Lost with Football Game's Move to Lexington (Story about Ypsilanti & Eastern Michigan University)
Lexington Herald-Leader | 9.6.19

National Heritage Areas and Partners Embrace "Operation Pollination"
National Park Service NHA Blog | 8.30.19

Businesses Are Getting Involved with a Movement to Protect Pollinators 
WDIV Local 4 News | 7.26.19

Grant Applications Are Now Open for MotorCities Programs | 7.19.19

Check Out These New Automotive History Tours Around Detroit | 5.30.19

New Kayak, Bike Tours Cover Detroit's Auto History
Detroit Free Press | 5.30.19

This Detroit Event is Getting Local Kids Outdoors | 5.22.19

Wilson Foundation Grant Spearheads Improvements to Downriver Trails
News-Herald | 5.14.19

Downriver Iron Belle Trail Projects Get $2.4 million in Grants
Detroit News | 5.14.19

Wilson Foundation Provides $1.9 million in Grants to Connect Trails in Detroit and Downriver
Curbed Detroit | 5.14.19

Wilson Foundation Finances Effort to Connect Trails in Detroit & Downriver (& Build Fort Street Bridge Park)
Crain's Detroit Business | 5.14.19

MotorCities Hosts the Alliance of National Heritage Areas
National Park Service Blog | 5.10.19

Trump Signs Public Lands Package Honoring John Dingell
Dearborn Press & Guide | 3.13.19

Congress Names Public Lands Conservation Bill After the Late John Dingell
Detroit News | 3.5.19

March On! Blues Collar Poetry & Music Fest Benefits Fort Street Interpretive Park
Dearborn Press & Guide | 2.27.19

National Heritage Area Act of 2019 Introduced in House
Congressman Paul Tonko | 2.14.19

Senate Passes Stabenow-Peters Legislation Supporting MotorCities National Heritage Area
Senator Stabenow's Website | 2.14.19

MotorCities Now Offering New Mini-Grants
Detroit Auto Scene | 2.4.19 

Restoration of Durant-Dort Factory One Nets GM a Preservation Award
Hemmings Daily | 12.11.18 

What Are the Top Auto Stories of the Last 20 Years?
Detroit Free Press | 11.20.18 

Travel Michigan Show with Dave Lorenz: Interview with Shawn Pomaville-Size  
News/Talk 760 WJR | 11.18.18

Small Talk with Mark S. Lee: Interview with Shawn Pomaville-Size  
WXYT AM 1270 | 11.11.18

Frank Beckmann Show: Interview with Shawn Pomaville-Size  
News/Talk 760 WJR | 10.18.18

MotorCities Receives Grants to Advance Fort Street Bridge Park  
Detroit Auto Scene | 09.17.18

Pollinator Pledge Looks to Save Habitats for Butterflies and Honeybees
WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit, MI | 07.27.18

Dearborn Rotary Greens City With Trees, Shrubs 
Dearborn Patch | 06.26.18 

Tourism Professionals come to Flint to Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week
WJRT-TV ABC 12 Flint, MI | 05.10.18

Street Beat: Michigan History
The CW50 | 03.22.18

Take warning: Janesville’s tragic GM plant closure
Lansing City Pulse | 03.22.18

Meet the latest tourist attractions: Abandoned factories
The Washington Post | 03.09.18

MotorCities National Heritage Area Awards $70,000 in Grants
Detroit Auto Scene | 02.26.18

Nonprofit awards grants to auto, labor history projects
Fox47 News | 01.30.18

Nonprofit awards grants to auto, labor history projects
The Seattle Times | 01.29.18

One-Tank Trips: Future rolls into view at auto show
The London Free Press | 01.12.18

Local Automotive Heritage Group Gets National Honor
Detroit Auto Scene | 01.08.18

People: New Appointments and Promotions
Crain's Detroit Business | 01.07.18

MotorCities National Heritage Area Wins National Park Service Award

Dearborn man hired as MotorCities National Heritage Area’s communications manager
Press & Guide | 01.03.18



MotorCities 20th logoTwenty years ago, Congress and the National Park Service recognized the significance of the American automobile and the people and places that shaped its history by creating the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership. Throughout a region of 10,000 square miles in 16 Michigan counties with a population of more than six million people, we tell the stories of how this area put the world on wheels. These stories are our stories: the stories of a region where people grew up with the automobile; where its heritage lives in our neighborhoods to this day; and where an industry begun by a few hundred changed the world for millions. For a complete history, please click here.


Enjoy this brief video looking back on our first 20 years:


1996 American automobile industry celebrates its centennial anniversary and a coalition rallies for designation of various automotive heritage landmarks.

1997 Feasibility study conducted by Wayne Counts Parks and Rec for National Park Service Heritage Area consideration.

1998 Signing of Automobile National Heritage Area Act by President Clinton; MotorCities becomes the 28th National Heritage Area in the country

2001 The General Management Plan is submitted to the Secretary of the Interior and the boundaries of the National Heritage Area are drawn.

2002-2018 Implementation of the General Management Plan and its mission ”to preserve, interpret and promote the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan by encouraging revitalization through conservation, increasing auto-related tourism, and developing and deploying educational and informational programs”.
     Sub-grants totaling $1.5 million.
     Number of grants awarded: 295.
     Investments in programs:  $1.1 million.

2013 Evaluation conducted by U of M Dearborn

2014 Inauguration of Michigan Auto Heritage Day & Awards of Excellence

2014 MotorCities National Heritage Area is reauthorized by Congress

2015 Evaluation by Weststat completed and presented to Congress

2016 Economic Impact Report concludes a $410 million impact annually and support of over 4,000 jobs by the MotorCities National Heritage Area

2018 20th Anniversary

2018 Revamped website launched

2019 Highway Signs Installed
MCNHA Highway sign 400

2019 Ground broken for Fort Street Bridge Park 


2021 Reauthorization Due!

Explore and Record your MotorCities Adventure!

MotorCities National Heritage Area encourages you to explore our region with our annual Passport book. Stand in the footprints of automotive pioneers and legends of the labor movement. Learn the stories of the people, place, ideas and innovations that shaped America’s history and put the world on wheels. Explore and Enjoy!

Watch a video featuring many of our Michigan passport sites.

Passport 2020 coverOur Michigan passport books (click on the picture at left to page through!) are available at the following sites in these cities:

Belleville: Yankee Air Museum

Brooklyn:  Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

Chesterfield: Stahls Automotive Foundation

Dearborn: Automotive Hall of Fame
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Detroit: Detroit Historical Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Historic Fort Wayne

Dundee: Old Mill Museum

Eastpointe: Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society

Flint: Durant-Dort Carriage Company/GM Factory One
Sloan Museum

Grosse Pointe Shores: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Hickory Corners: Gilmore Car Museum

Lansing: Michigan History Museum
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Livonia: Roush Automotive Collection

Plymouth: Plymouth Historical Museum

Rochester: Meadow Brook Hall

Shelby Township: Packard Proving Grounds

Westland: Nankin Mills

Ypsilanti: Michigan Firehouse Museum
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum 

OR email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a copy mailed to you.

image 20110131153453 nps passportThe National Passport Stamp Program was created in 1986. It is designed to serve as a log of the unique experiences that a visitor encounters as they visit national parks, landmarks and heritage areas across the country. The National Park Stamps can be found and acquired at no cost at National Parks participating in the Passport program.

The passport book can also be purchased from the National Park Service's store website ($9.95 plus S&H) or can be purchased at local National Parks and/or Heritage Areas' visitor centers/gift shops.