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Wayside Exhibit Program

MotorCities was the proud recipient of a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation through the Michigan Department of Transportation . The grant was for the creation of a Wayside Exhibit program across the MotorCities region.

Over the course of the grant, the Wayside Exhibit program created a comprehensive system of  outdoor exhibits in communities throughout central and southeastern Michigan. Each sign commemorates Michigan’s automotive heritage in order to increase public awareness on a community and regional level.

To date, almost 300 exhibits have been installed across the region including Detroit, Flint, Ypsilanti, Lansing, Middle Rouge, Macomb County, Flint, and many cities in between. If you have an idea for panels in your community and would be interested in being involved in upcoming cycles, contact Brian Yopp at (313) 259-3425 x307,

New wayside exhibit signs come to Sylvan Lake!

Information about the history of Sylvan Lake is featured on 5 new signs posted in the community. A dedication ceremony in the form of an ice cream social was recently held and Civic Center TV’s George Moore was there. This project is part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area and 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.