MotorCities National Heritage Area

Site 8 I 96 EB ramp to I 75 SB Detroit CROPPED and RESIZEDI-96 Eastbound ramp to I-75 Southbound in Detroit
Drivers around the Michigan are likely to notice something new along the highways -- those familiar brown National Park Service signs with a message welcoming them to the MotorCities National Heritage Area! The first nine signs were installed in November and December 2019 and are the culmination of many years of work with the Michigan Department of Transportation. An additional five signs were added in the Spring of 2020 to bring the total to 14!

Site 6 WB I 96 before US 127 RESIZEDWestbound I-96 before US 127 near Lansing

You can find the signs at the following locations: 

  • Southbound I-75 before the Mt. Morris exit north of Flint;
  • Eastbound I-69 near Lansing Road northeast of Lansing;
  • Eastbound I-96 near the I-69 interchange northwest of Lansing;
  • Eastbound I-96 near the US 127 interchange southeast of Lansing;
  • Westbound I-96 near the US 127 interchange southeast of Lansing;
  • Westbound I-94 before the M-59 exit in Chesterfield Twp.;
  • Eastbound I-96 on the ramp to southbound I-75 in Detroit;
  • Northbound I-75 on the ramp to westbound I-96 in Detroit;
  • Northbound I-75 near Monroe-Wayne County border;
  • Northbound US-23 near Exit 15 in Dundee;
  • Northbound I-75 just south of the Michigan Ave. exit in Detroit;
  • Southbound I-75 just north of West Grand Blvd. in Detroit;
  • Northbound I-275 at the Michigan Ave. exit in Canton;
  • And Northbound US-23 just south of the I-94 interchange in Ypsilanti.

Site 3 EB I 96 SB I 69 RESIZEDEastbound I-96 near the I-69 interchange

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Join us for our next Lunch & Learn Panel on Wednesday, September 29 at 12 PM EST

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"Building the Auto Industry: The History of Organized Labor"

This panel will discuss critical moments over a century of organized labor examining lessons from our past which shape our present and drive our future.
Gavin Strassel, UAW Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library
The official archivist of the UAW, Strassel has been a labor archivist since 2014. He is active in both the Michigan Labor History Society and Metro Detroit Archivists League.

  • Panelists:
    Jeannette Bradshaw, Recording Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
    Bradshaw is the Recording Secretary and Registrar for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58 in Detroit. A 20 year member, and journeyman electrician, she currently is the elected Financial Secretary of the  Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO.
  • David Elsila, Retired UAW Education Dept.
    Elsila worked as editor of the UAW Solidarity magazine from 1976-1998, and is a member of the Program Committee of the Michigan Labor History Society.  He is a former board member of MotorCities National Heritage Area.
  • Sandra Engle, Office of the President, UAW
  • John Lepley, Department of Education & Membership Development, United Steelworkers (USW)
    Lepley works in the United Steelworkers’ Department of Education and Membership Development. Prior to that, he organized for other unions in Connecticut, Alaska, and Colorado. John is a graduate of the MA program in labor and reform movement history at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. 



Watch our most recent session:

MotorCities Grant Training Workshop
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 

Watch the May session here.

Individual Members 2021

Bruce Annett
Susan Avery
Paul Ayres
Donald Baron
Michael Bauman
Joanna Becker
John Begg
Robert Benko
Scott & Maryne Bentley
Patrick Bisson
Charles Blackman
Sabin Blake
Constance Bodurow
John Bomarito
Mallory Bower
Jonathan Boyd
Mark & Anne Campbell
David Cartwright
Robert Causley
Ed Clemente
John Clor
Richard Coleman
Thomas Coles
Arnold Collens
Sarah Cook
Terri Coppens
James Curran
Thelma Davis
Robert Degenhart
Mary Anne Demo
Jaqueline Dick
Rich Dobson
William Donnelly
Russell Dore Jr.
Larry Doyle
Jim Dyar
Douglas Elfring
Mary Elton
Dave Engel
Sandra Engle
W. Howard Erickson
Reynolds Farley
Lila Fedokovitz
Louise-Helene Filion
David Flatt
Frederick Flock
James Fry
Robert Gerometta
John Gilbert
Peter Glendinning
Donald Graham
Ronald Grantz
Dean Greb
Stuart Grigg
Elayne Gross
Gary Gudes
Gerald Haller
Patricia Hallman
Jack Harned
Deborah Hartwick
Gerald Haycock
Roger Hayman
Gerald Heath, Jr.
Margaret Hehr
Charlie Henry
Mark Heppner
Joseph Hines
Fred Hoffman
Sandra Horton
Dan Hughes
Ronald Hutchins
Lisa Imbrunnone
Charles Jeffrey
Wayne Johnson
Chantal Kalinowski
David Kalinowski
Larry & Eleanor Kelsch
Richard Kinsey
Kevin Kirbitz
Jean Knowles
Greg Kowalski
Richard & Barbara Krueger
William Krueger
Michael Lamm
Will Lawson
Keith Leigh-Monstevens
Wade Leonard
Wade Leonard
Joseph Lewis 
Franz Lieder 
Terry Lindsey
David Lorenz
Kevin Luedtke
Roger & Joan Luksik
David Marold
Michael Mazor
Kevin McCabe
Lynn McClenaghan
Michael McGuinness
Richard & Jeanne Micka
Stephen Misterovich
Thomas Mudd
Michael Mumaugh
Mark Mundorff
Kathleen Mutch
John Neilson
Bruce Nelson
Joseph Neussendorfer
Don Nicholson
Edward Nicholson
Gayle Nicholson
William Nickels
David & Joyce Novak
Michael O'Callaghan
Mark Pischea
Christopher Pokorski
Shawn Pomaville-Size
Arthur Pope
J. Jeffrey Pregler
Steve Purdy
Lynn Raade
Richard Ray
Brian Raymond
Thomas Remington
John Revitte
James Ridge
William Romanaski
Susan Rowe
Annie Rubel
Richard Rubens
Richard Russell Jr.
Bernard Santavy
Majorie Sawruk
Martin Scott
Sharon Scott
Glenn Shagena
Steve Shotwell
Bill Sidwell
Pam Sienkiewicz
Charles Sinche
Michael Skinner
Todd Slisher
William Smith
Robert Sovis
Dale Stephan
Gary Stroze
Gillian Talwar
Amber Taylor
Tammy Taylor
Mark Thomas
Clay Thompson
Nancy Thompson
Bob Triplosky
Richard Tweedle 
Michael Twomley
James Varty
Roberta Vasilow
Douglas Wallace
David & Cheryl Walmsley
Ed Weichsler
Christopher Welborn
John "Jay" Wetzel
Elizabeth Wild
Sue Willis
Edward Winkes
Thomas Winkes
Gary Witzenburg
Brian Yopp
Paul Zatyko
Nelson Zuchetto

Organizational Members 2021

ASBE Foundation
Antique Touring Company
Automotive Hall of Fame
Automotive History Preservation Society
Back to the Bricks Inc.
Bomber Liberatories, Inc.
Dearborn Historical Museum
Don Nicholson Enterprises
Ford House
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA)
Genesee County Historical Society
Gilmore Car Museum
Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society
The Henry Ford
Henry Ford Heritage Association
Henry M. Leland Chapter, Society of Automotive Historians
Lambda Car Club International-Detroit Region
Lamm-Morada Publishing Co., Inc.
Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. 
Motor City Rockets
Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society
Oh These Irish Hills
Old Mill Museum/Historical Preservation Society, Dundee
Packard Motor Car Foundation, Inc.
Plymouth Owners Club, Detroit Region
Romeo Historical Society
SAE International, Mid-Michigan Section
Saline Area Historical Society
Shunpiker Productions LLC
Stahls Automotive Foundation
Tecumseh Area Historical Society, Inc.
Waterford Hills Road Racing Corporation
Ypsilanti Historical Society

MotorCities Automotive Themed Tours Now Available!

MotorCities is partnering with three Detroit-area tour operators to offer public tours related to the automotive or labor heritage of Michigan.  The partnerships are intended to serve as a pilot program that can be expanded in future years both in metro Detroit and in other communities around the 16-county National Heritage Area. 

Tour experiences available vary from riding in a vintage Ford Model A to pedaling a bicycle – all while visiting key automotive historical sites and learning the story of how the region put the world on wheels.

We are proud to offer the following experiences:

Antique Touring Company
ntique Touring Company - Tinkerers to Titans in the Auto Age Tour  
Antique Touring photo RESIZED 450Hop in a Ford Model A and explore the "coming of age" story of the automobile during the first decades of the 20th Century from the vantage point of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Tours are offered every day, except Tuesdays, May 1 through October 31. Additional information can be found on their website:
Detroit Experience Factory
etroit Experience Factory - MotorCities Auto Heritage New Center Walking Tour
On this walking tour, guests will experience the past, present and future of the Detroit area, going back in time with a visit into the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and speak with some of the innovators who now call these neighborhoods home. The tours are offered monthly May through September. For more information, please visit

Wheelhouse Detroit

Wheelhouse Detroit - Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour 
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n this 15-mile tour, guests will discover how Detroit became the center of industry. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, Milwaukee Junction, New Center (old GM Headquarters and Fisher Building), and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. Tour dates are available seasonally one day each month. For more information please visit


GLAD Tours - REO Town Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of REO Town with our newest MotorCities tour operator partner, GLAD Tours. Tickets are available for $10. Before there was a REO Town, there was REO City. Take a walk down the main drag with GLAD Tours and see where Ransom Eli Olds started the auto industry. Tours are available by appointment by clicking here: