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Annual Meeting Screen ShotJust a snapshot of some of the virtual attendees of the 2020 Michigan Auto Heritage Day. 

Our seventh annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day took place November 18, 2020. For the first time ever, the event was combined with MotorCities National Heritage Area's Annual Meeting -- and took place virtually via Zoom.

It is a day where supporters of automotive heritage preservation come together in celebration of the state’s unique history of automotive industry. 

We honored U.S. Congressman Fred Upton and seven finalists who distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with our 7th annual Awards of Excellence.

A winner in each of the three categories -- revitalization, education and tourism -- was announced during the event. 

Congressman Upton was honored with MotorCities’ annual Milestone Award. He has supported MotorCities from its beginning, co-signing the original authorizing legislation in 1998.

The winner of the award for Revitalization was:

·        Steve Shotwell, Board President of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit.

The winner of the award for Interpretation and Education was:

·        The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant for their Early Ford Dealerships 1903-1927 exhibit.

The winner of the award for Heritage Tourism was:

·        Bailey Sisoy-Moore of Detroit History Tours, LLC.

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Michigan Auto Heritage Day and the Awards of Excellence launched in 2014.

Click here for photos from the 2019 event. 

Sponsors for our 2020 Michigan Auto Heritage Day were the following:

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  • Doreen Mayhew
  • Don Nicholson
  • The Helppie Family Foundation
  • Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Annual MotorCities National Heritage Area Awards of Excellence recognize organizations and individuals who have delivered oustanding projects in the areas of auto or labor heritage tourism, education/interpretation and revitalization.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards of Excellence

9/7/21 - Award Nominations Open
10/8/21 - Nominations Close
10/15/21 - Finalists announced
11/17/21 - Awards Ceremony

BEGIN YOUR NOMINATION HERE

 


 

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  •     The 2020 winner of the award for Revitalization was Steve Shotwell (center in the photo above), Board President of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit.
  • The winner of the award for Interpretation and Education was  The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant for their Early Ford Dealerships 1903-1927 exhibit.
  • The winner of the award for Heritage Tourism was  Bailey Sisoy-Moore of Detroit History Tours, LLC.

Award winners were announced on November 18, 2020 during our annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day

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 2021 Sponsorship Levels

Visionary-$24,000 

This sponsorship package includes:

Purchase of 3 MotorCities Highway Signs
Your Company/Organization's Ad in every weekly issue of e-newsletter, "You Auto Know"
Exclusive Company/Organization Feature as a Story of the Week in an issue of our weekly e-newsletter (Over 6,000 distribution)
Your Company/Organization's Ad in 4 of our "MotorCities At Home" Webinars
Recognition at our annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence
Acknowledgment for your support of our Highway Signs
Company logo and link on our website
Recognition on social media
Acknowledgment in press releases
Company name in our annual report

Champion- $15,000

This spsonsorship package includes:

Your Company/Organization's Ad in every weekly issue of e-newsletter, "You Auto Know"
Exclusive Company/Organization Feature as a Story of the Week in an issue of our weekly e-newsletter (Over 6,000 distribution)
Your Company/Organization's Ad in 4 of our "MotorCities At Home" Webinars
Recognition at our annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence
Acknowledgment for your support of our Highway Signs
Company logo and link on our website
Recognition on social media
Acknowledgment in press releases
Company name in our annual report

Racer- $10,000

This sponsorship package includes:

Exclusive Company/Organization Feature as a Story of the Week in an issue of our weekly e-newsletter (Over 6,000 distribution)
Your Company/Organization's Ad in 4 of our "MotorCities At Home" Webinars
Recognition at our annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence
Acknowledgment for your support of our Highway Signs
Company logo and link on our website
Recognition on social media
Acknowledgment in press releases
Company name in our annual report

Rally- $5,000

This sponsorship pacakge includes:

Your Company/Organization's Ad in 4 of our "MotorCities At Home" Webinars
Recognition at our annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence
Acknowledgment for your support of our Highway Signs
Company logo and link on our website
Recognition on social media
Acknowledgment in press releases
Company name in our annual report

A La Carte Options:

  1. $300 -- Company/Organization Name on our website
  2. $300 -- Quarterly mention on social media
  3. $300 -- Acknowledgment in 4 press releases
  4. $300 -- Company/Organization Name in our annual report

All 4 A La Carte Options available for $1,000!

See our 2021 Sponsorship Packet! (PDF)


Click here for a list of our 2021 sponsors.

 

BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!

Online sponsorship form

 

file 20160524140943 volunteerVolunteer for MotorCities
Are you passionate about auto culture and history? Are you interested in engaging with folks about our rich automotive heritage and how ‘We Put the World on Wheels?’ MotorCities has a perfect volunteer opportunity for those interested in car culture and local history. 

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, we are not seeking new volunteers at this time.

Please contact us at 313.259.3425 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Ambassadors are asked to speak on MotorCities’ behalf at special events throughout the year. Volunteers must be prepared to promote the MotorCities NHA and our mission, as well as engage with the public about the region's rich automotive heritage. Whether helping at an event such as Michigan Auto Heritage Day, or presenting to community groups about storied automotive past, your time and talents would be valued.

Benefits of volunteering for the MotorCities include:

  • You are contributing to the preservation and promoton of the automotive story in southeast Michigan
  • Exclusive access to MotorCities special events
  • Volunteer T-shirt and other MotorCities SWAG
  • Special recognition at end of season

Forms and resources
All volunteers must complete and return a liability waiver form; please click on the link below to print out the form:
Volunteer waiver form

For more information on joining the MotorCities Ambassador team, please read the following resources:
Volunteer position description
Training Presentation

To get started, please fill out the volunteer registration below: