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MotorCities National Heritage Area--exploring southeast Michigan’s automotive history

The MotorCities National Heritage Area is a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and heritage tourism for the automotive industry in southeast Michigan. MotorCities is an affiliate of the National Park Service that safeguards and celebrates the story of how the automobile industry transformed and impacted the region, the entire country and across the globe.

  MotorCities destinations include the historic circa-1904 Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit where the Model T was born, to the state-of-the-art Ford F-150 Truck plant in Dearborn.    

There are numerous other historic sites, and destinations around the region, such as the Gilmore Car Museum on the outskirts of Kalamazoo that includes a fully restored vintage Shell gas station and Model T driving experiences where you can get behind the wheel of a Tin Lizzie and go for a spin.

The MotorCities National Park affiliate, encompasses more than 10,000 square miles across southeast Michigan spotlights the historic preservation, history and culture of the automobile and offers an array of self-guided tours on their website

Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Brian Yopp, Director of Programs and Operations for MotorCities National Heritage Area.

The National Heritage Areas Program, headquartered in Washington D.C., “Furthers the mission of the National Park Service by fostering community stewardship of our nation’s heritage”. Click here for a complete list of the 49 National Heritage Areas around the country


Music used in this show includes:

Dinah Shore “See the USA in Your Chevrolet’

Toby Keith “Made in America”

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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