Our Activities & Programs: Ongoing Events: Motor City Exhibit
The Detroit Historical Society received a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area towards the Motor City Exhibit. The Detroit Historical Society was established in 1921, and its mission is to educate and inspire our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences.
The Motor City exhibit is one of the Detroit Historical Museum’s most highly visible exhibitions, of interest to school groups, families and auto enthusiasts alike. Opened in December 1995, the goal of this exhibit was to provide a permanent display that would tell the stories of both how cars built metro Detroit and how metro Detroit built cars!
The Motor City exhibit depicts the early years of the automobile industry, including Henry Ford’s famous “$5 Dollar a Day” offer and the huge migration of workers to the region. Along the way, it focuses on our region’s labor unions and the role they played in the development of the industry and the city. The exhibit also touches on the families who both worked at the factories as well as enjoyed their automobiles. This exhibit is updated regularly, keeping up with the ever-changing industry as well as its impact on Detroit and its people.
The MotorCities grant will enable the Detroit Historical Society rework and build the Motor City exhibit. The grant is currently underway and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Stay tuned for news updates, pictures, and completion information!
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