MotorCities National Heritage Area
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Our 8th annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day took place November 17, 2021 at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing. 

It is a day where supporters of automotive heritage preservation come together in celebration of the state’s unique history of automotive industry. In honor of the occasion, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued this proclamation, and additional recognition came from the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. 

We also honored U.S. Congressman Debbie Dingell and seven finalists who distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with our 8th annual Awards of Excellence.

The annual Milesone Award recipient for 2021 was Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
Debbie Dingell
The following were the winners of MotorCities 8th annual Awards of Excellence:
 
In the Heritage Tourism category - 
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for the recently opened Ford House Visitors Center (pictured below).
 Ford House new visitors center
In the Interpretation/Education category:
  • Detroit Historical Museum for their "Body By Fisher" exhibit (pictured below).
 Detroit Historical Museum Body by Fisher exhibit RESIZED
In the Revitalization category:
  • Fort-Rouge Gateway Partnership for the Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park.

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

Click here for photos from the 2021 event. 

The Sponsors for our 2021 Michigan Auto Heritage Day were the following:

 

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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.

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The annual Milesone Award recipient for 2021 is Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
The winners of MotorCities 8th annual Awards of Excellence are the following:
 
In the Heritage Tourism category -
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for the recently opened Ford House Visitors Center (pictured below).
Ford House new visitors center
In the Interpretation/Education category -
  • Detroit Historical Museum for their "Body By Fisher" exhibit (pictured below).
Detroit Historical Museum Body by Fisher exhibit RESIZED 
In the Revitalization category -
  • Fort-Rouge Gateway Partnership for the Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park.
 Ribbon Cutting RESIZEDThe ribbon cutting at the Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park in October 2020
The winners were announced during MotorCities' 8th annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day on November 17 at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing.

 Awards of Excellence Winners 2021 RESIZEDRepresentatives from the Winners of the MotorCities 2021 Awards of Excellence: from left to right, Bill Pringle, Assistant Curator, Detroit Historical Society, who accepted the award in the education & interpretation category for the Detroit Historical Museum’s recently opened “Body by Fisher” exhibit; the R.E. Olds “Big Head,” since the event was hosted at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing; Clare Pfeiffer, Director of Communications & Engagement, Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, who accepted the award in the heritage tourism category for the attraction’s new visitors center; and Dr. Paul Draus, Professor Sociology, University of Michigan-Dearborn and a member of Fort-Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership, who accepted the award in the revitalization category for the building and opening of the Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park in southwest Detroit.

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 2022 Sponsorship Levels

Visionary-$25,000 

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 two issues of our weekly e-newsletter (Over 6,000 distribution)
Half page ad in both our printed and online Passport booklet (7,500 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 two issues of our weekly e-newsletter (Over 6,000 distribution)
Half page ad in both our printed and online Passport booklet (7,500 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)
Half page ad in both our printed and online Passport booklet (7,500 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

Marathon - $5,000

This sponsorship pacakge includes:

Half page ad in both our printed and online Passport booklet (7,500 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 - $1,000

This sponsorship package includes:

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

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Click here for a list of our 2021 sponsors.

 

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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: