MotorCities National Heritage Area
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  • Event Title MotorCities Car Culture Tour
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Meets at 1 Hart Plaza (by the electronic sign)
  • Event Description Detroit is called the "Motor City" for good reason. The city is synonymous with cars. Detroit put the world on wheels and totally revolutionized society. In fact, one can’t go very far in any direction without being reminded of this industry's enormous legacy, its continued presence, and the early pioneers who made it all happen. MotorCities Car Culture Tour covers significant and forgotten or little known Downtown and Midtown sites related to Detroit's automotive heritage. From the route Charles Brady King took when he drove the first car on the streets of Detroit to the birthplace of the Model T which changed the world, former Cass Avenue automobile dealerships - many selling cars whose names are unfamiliar today - which once dominated the Midtown area now occupied by trendy condos, restaurants, and retail shops to beautiful public art and architecture commissioned by wealthy industrialists or their heirs and much more. We'll talk about the role labor unions played in giving a voice to autoworkers and elevating the middle class into a powerful socio-economic demographic wielding incredible political and economic clout. Along our tour route, we'll encounter multiple examples of the ancillary new industries, organizations, and products the auto industry gave rise to such as lodging, insurance, travel clubs, car washes, the nation's first coast-to-coast highway organized here in Detroit, stop lights, concrete highways, etc. We'll see examples of massive culture shifts brought on by the auto industry such as a sense of self reliance and freedom once enjoyed primarily by the wealthy but now available to the masses, Sunday drives, affordable cars, one-stop-shopping, suburbanization, and more. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to rediscover Detroit's fascinating automotive heritage. This tour has been made possible in part by a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area. Tour price includes transit tokens, admission to Ford Piquette Plant, and an early autoworkers favorite lunch - a coney dog and soft drink. Note: This is a walking tour with emphasis on walking although we do travel aboard the Detroit People Mover and QLine. Minimum attendees (4) are required for tour to be a go.Check your email or check back with City Tour Detroit 48 hours prior to tour for confirmation.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 2020
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description Widely criticized when it debuted for its bold snub-nosed look, the Airflow is now revered by historians as a quintessential representative of an entire movement in automotive styling: but it is not just a great body design. It also possesses a myriad of noteworthy engineering advances under its Art Deco façade. Completely restored by the Chrysler Corporation in 1952, this vehicle was donated to the Detroit Historical Museum in 1959, with 28,443 original miles on it. It recently underwent a cosmetic restoration with support from the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

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  • Event Title All American Wayne Road Cruise
  • Event Date(s) June 20, 2020
  • Event Location 35752 Farragut, Westland, MI 48186
  • Event Description Car enthusiasts must put this event on their calendar! This event will be five miles of parties, car shows, and other community events. There will also be auto history displays throughout the five-mile stretch. This is a great event to enjoy food, family, friends, and car fanatics alike. The night will end with a concert and a drive-in movie.

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  • Event Title Noon Year's Eve
  • Event Date(s) December 31, 2019, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Event Description Do you want to celebrate the new year with the kids but end up falling asleep before midnight? Join our partners at the Detroit Historical Museum for Noon Year’s Eve! This event is a celebration to ring in the new year for parents and children who want to have some family fun. The event will have a DJ, complimentary drinks, cookies, and a balloon drop at noon. Tickets are $10 for adults and children.

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  • Event Title Christmas Open House at the Durant Dort Carriage Company
  • Event Date(s) December 11, 2019, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Event Location Durant Dort Carriage Company Headquarters, 316 Water St, Flint, MI 48503
  • Event Description Decked out and twinkling merrily for the holidays, the beautifully constructed Durant-Dort Carriage Company Headquarters is open for a celebration! Come visit the office that William C. “Billy” Durant–the creator of General Motors–and his partner, J. Dallas Dort, headquartered the world’s foremost carriage company from, helping to earn Flint the moniker of “The Vehicle City”! Enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres while visiting with other folks who appreciate Flint’s rich and influential history! Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

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  • Event Title Santa Visit at the Yankee Air Museum
  • Event Date(s) December 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Event Location Yankee Air Museum, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
  • Event Description Join our partners at the Yankee Air Museum to visit the one and only Santa. His reindeer have taken the day off, so Santa will be flying in by helicopter thanks to the museum! The event will be free to the public and will include hands on activities with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Santa arrives at exactly 11 a.m. and will be around until 2 p.m.