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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Watch our most recent session:

Building the Auto Industry: The History of Organized Labor
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Watch the September session here.

Individual Members 2022

Robert Andersen
Bruce Annett
Michael Arcy
Lisa Austin
Susan Avery
Paul Ayres
Larry Baber
Gail Bagale
John Baker
Larry Baker
Donald Baron
Robert Barr
Michael Bauman
Richard Beauchamp
John Beck
Joanna Becker
Nathaniel Bell
Robert Benko
John Bernath
Patrick Bisson
Charles Blackman
Sabin Blake
Todd Bryan
Constance Bodurow
Mallory Bower
Terry Boyce
Robert Burch
Stephen Burton
Robert Bury
Mark & Anne Campbell
Dr. Carolyn Carter
Chris Causley
Robert Causley
Jaclyn Clark
Ed Clemente
Thomas Coles
Arnold Collens
Terry Connolly
Frank Coyle
Halle Czechowski
Chuck Dalton
Michael & Nancy Darga
John Dau
Thelma Davis
Robert Degenhart
Mila Demiene
Mary Anne Demo
Jaqueline Dick
James Dimond
Rich Dobson
Russell Dore Jr.
Larry Doyle
Paul Draus
Jim Duvall
Jim Dyar
David Egeler
Kenneth Ehrenhofer
David Elsila
Dave Engel
Sandra Engle
Lila Fedokovitz
Nancy Finegood
Michael Fleischer
Frederick Flock
Jay Follis
Gerard & Livia Franchina
Roger and Henrietta Fridholm
James Fry
Lloyd Ganton
Randy Gasperin
John Gilbert
Donald Graham
Dean Greb
Joel Grgurich
Stuart Grigg
Elayne Gross
Jeannette Gutierrez
Theresa Hall
Gerald Haller
Patricia Hallman
Jack Harned
Deborah Hartwick
Gerald Haycock
Roger Hayman
Margaret Hehr
Charlie Henry
Mark Heppner
Arthur & Sally Howland
Daniel Hughes
Brian Johnson
Tom Johnson
Wayne Johnson
Bill Jones
Cynthia Jones
SGM Fark Jones
Larry & Eleanor Kelsch
Mary Killeen
Richard Kinsey
Kevin Kirbitz
Gerald Klein
Jean Knowles
Greg Kowalski
Robert Kreipke
Richard & Barbara Krueger
William Krueger
Robert Kull
Lori Lanspeary
Sandra Lapadot
Will Lawson
Keith Leigh-Monstevens
Wade Leonard
Christine Lezotte 
Arthur Liebler
Ted Ligibel 
Terry Lindsey
George Linker
Dave Lorenz
Kevin Luedtke
Roger & Joan Luksik
John Mack
David Marold
M. Peter Martin
Jerry McClain
Lynn McClenaghan
Tim McGrane
Anne Michelis
Stephen Misterovich
Thomas Mudd
Thomas Mullin
Mark Mundorff
Peter Murdoch
Kathleen Mutch
Michael Nackerman
Bruce Nelson
Joseph Neussendorfer
Don Nicholson
Edward Nicholson
Gayle Nicholson
William Nickels
David & Joyce Novak
Michael O'Callaghan
Brenda Ozog
Tim Pawl
David Pettengill
David Pierce
Mark Pischea
Christopher Pokorski
Shawn Pomaville-Size
Arthur Pope
Ken Poynter
John Pregler
Jerry Preston
Steve Purdy
Shelton Randy
Richard Ray
Brian Raymond
Thomas Remington
James Ridge
Terenence Robinson
Tom Rolands
William Romanski
Joseph Ross
Susan & Ed Rowe
Richard Russell
James Saliba 
Diane Sanborn
Bernard Santavy
Rick Schrage
Sharon Scott
Jack Seavitt
Irene Shelley
Steven Shotwell
Charles Sinche
Michael Skinner
Robert Slazinski
Ted Smith
Harvey Snitzer
Ed Solt
Robert & Diane Sovis
Dale Stephan
Chris Talwar
Gillian Talwar
Amber Taylor
Tammy Taylor
Mark Thomas
Clay Thompson
Nancy Thompson
Robyn Tonkin
Bob Tripolsky
Richard Tweedle 
Michael Twomley
James Varty
Roberta Vasilow
John Viviano
Douglas Wallace
David Walmsley
Louise S. Warnke
Charles Watson
Robert Weidendorf
Christopher Welborn
John Wetzel
Kevin Wilson
Thomas Winkes
Gerard Wino
Geneva Wiskemann
Gary Witzenburg
David & Mary Wood
Jerry Worful
Ada Wright
Mark Wrobbel
Patricia Yongue
Dennis Zaluski
Paul Zatyko
Nelson Zuchetto

Organizational Members 2022

American Rosie the Riveter Association
Automotive Hall of Fame
Back to the Bricks Inc.
Bomber Liberatories, Inc.
Dearborn Historical Museum
Digital Arts Film & Television (DAFT)
Don Nicholson Enterprises
Fair Lane, the Home of Clara & Henry Ford
Ford House
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Friends of Durant Park
Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA)
Genesee County Historical Society
Glenwood Cemetery Association
Gilmore Car Museum
The Grassroots Historian
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grigg Graphic Services, LLC
The Henry Ford
Henry Ford Heritage Association
Lambda Car Club International-Detroit Region
Lincoln Motor Car Foundation
Meadow Brook Estate
Michigan Firehouse Museum
Michigan History Center
Michigan Labor History Society 
Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society
Motor City Rockets
Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society
Oh These Irish Hills
Packard Motor Car Foundation, Inc.
Pierce-Arrow Museum
Project Arts & Ideas
Pontiac Transportation Museum
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Romeo Historical Society
Roush Automotive Collection
SAE International, Mid-Michigan Section
Saline Area Historical Society
Shunpiker Productions, Inc.
Tecumseh Area Historical Society, Inc.
Waterford Hills Road Racing Corp.
William J. and Kathleen A. Donnelly Foundation
Woodward Dream Cruise, Inc.
Workers Row House 
Ypsilanti Auto Heritage Museum

MotorCities Automotive Themed Tours Now Available!

MotorCities is partnering with five Detroit-area tour operators (and one in Lansing, too!) to offer public tours related to the automotive or labor heritage of Michigan.  

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
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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 Mondays, May 1 through November 1. Additional information can be found on their website:
City Institute
City Institute
 - MotorCities Auto Heritage New Center, Pontiac and Dearborn Walking Tours 
On the New Center 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 New Center tours are offered monthly May through September. New for 2022 are one-time walking tours of downtown Pontiac and Dearborn. For more information, please visit

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Magical Michigan Tours - Henry Ford: From Farm to Factory Tour

Learn about the life of Henry Ford--an auto pioneer and titan of industry is known as inventor of the Quadricycle, Model T, and the moving assembly line. This bus tour connects visitors to actual historic sites that reveal Henry Ford’s life from his farming roots to becoming an industrial magnate. Bringing Ford’s story alive, while visiting locations important to his story, will give tour-goers a personal view of his life and the impact the introduction of the Model T automobile and how it revolutionized transportation and American industry. This tour not only covers Mr. Ford’s greatest achievements, but it will also cover some of his greatest challenges. The perspective presented in the tour will also look at the impact he had on society in the 20th century. For more information, visit

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Russell Brothers City Tours – Customized Automotive History Tours 

Get on board for a fun-filled tour of automotive landmarks in the city of Detroit.  Your guide, Emmy-winning TV and radio personality Greg Russell, takes guests to places they may know and some sites they might not. If guests have particular sites they’d like to see, just let Greg know. The tours are informative, insightful and most importantly, fun! Russell Brothers City Tours also offers virtual tours online. Guests can visit via their computers or other devices some of the fun and historical places from Detroit’s automotive history.






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

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GLAD Tours - REO Town Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of REO Town with our Lansing 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: