MotorCities National Heritage Area

MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan. MotorCities was designated by U.S. Congress in 1998 to preserve the cultural and historic landscape associated with the automobile in Southeastern and Central Michigan.

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MotorCities featured in Pure Michigan blog
See our blog on the Top-5 Auto Heritage destination sites in the MotorCities National Heritage Area at the Travel Michigan website:

MotorCities assists preservation at the Vincent Voice Library

Thanks in part to a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area, the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University was able to digitize and catalogue more than 100 audio recordings of interviews with auto workers from two storied factories in Lansing. Click below for more information on the Lansing Auto Town project:

2015 Awards of Excellence seeks applicants

The 2015 MotorCities National Heritage Awards of Excellence will take place on Nov. 10, 2015 in a celebration at the State Capitol in honor of Michigan Auto Heritage Day. We are looking for outstanding individuals and projects in the fields of historic preservation, tourism and education. Click below for more and to fill out an online application:

Remembering the “Mod Top”, Plymouth's Floral Top Car Design

The Chrysler Corporation’s Plymouth division introduced a new design for their Barracuda line which offered many great performance options as standard equipment. The Barracuda series featured a 318-cubic inch engine along with a 340-inch V8 standard engine or a 383- cubic inch V8 optional. The “Mod Top” was a special model designed for a more youth-oriented consumer market and for young women as well. The “Mod Top” was a sun-fire yellow color combination that offered a floral print design which some consumers did not like. However, it proved to be an iconic vehicle that made history.

Autopalooza events all summer long

Autopalooza is a celebration of auto culture and heritage in southeast Michigan promoted through a series of major cruises, races and shows throughout the summer.

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