2017 Awards of Excellence


On Nov. 1, the MotorCities National Heritage Area recognized nine finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage at the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

Below are the nominees and winners in each of the three categories - preservation, education/interpretation and heritage tourism 




Heritage Tourism


WINNER  Marge Sawruk - Haven Hill

Don Nicholson – Cruisin Hines

Don Sommer




WINNER Uncle Jessie White – Portrait of a Delta Bluesman Documentary

Kettering University Archives

Secret Experimental Room - Ford Piquette Avenue Plant



WINNER Yankee Air Museum – Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant

Dana DeCoster

The Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society


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