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 National Heritage Area Partnership Reauthorized By Congress till September, 2021
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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTNERS, PROGRAMS, STEWARDSHIP COMMUNITIES, MEMBERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, LEADERSHIP COUNCILS, FRIENDS, PARK SERVICE OFFICIALS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS!

"Where In the World Are the Wayside Signs?"

Join in the fun as we feature some of the 250 Wayside Signs located throughout the MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Follow the clues to help figure out “Where in the World Are the Wayside Signs?” Each week between now and the New Year we’ll choose one sign and give you three clues to its location. At the end of the week, the location will be revealed and a winner will be drawn from among the correct responders. You could win a free, one-year membership to the MotorCities National Heritage Area!

2014 MotorCities Grant Program

Challenge Cost Share Program provides up to 20% match for projects. Projects can be phased over multiple years with a more complex funding strategy. Applicants must be Michigan based non-profits. They must become active members of MotorCities National Heritage Area and maintain membership for the duration of the grant award period. The next application deadline is February 2014.

The Legacy of Raymond Loewy, Industrial Designer

Mr. Raymond Loewy, a very gifted and talented designer began his industrial design journey in Paris, France. He was educated at the University of Paris in 1910 and later received his engineering degree in 1918. As his career continued, he would later be known as the “father of industrial design”. His early career was filled with everything from window designs for Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue to becoming a fashion illustrator for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Mr. Loewy had designed everything from Studebaker models to railroad products and even Coca Cola bottle packaging designs.

Inaugural Michigan Auto Heritage Day

MotorCities National Heritage Area gathered with members of the community and leaders of the State legislative and executive bodies to kick off the first annual “Michigan Auto Heritage Day” on November 13, 2014 in Lansing Michigan.