Exhibits So Special,
They’re Only Here For A Short Time.

 

 

The Green Book. Decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery, African Americans continued to suffer unequal treatment, especially in the South. Jim Crow Laws discriminated against blacks in nearly every aspect of public life, including travel. Although the roads and highways were free for all to use, doing so was not easy for blacks.

The Green Book, written by Victor Green, provided guidance for African American travelers to find safe locations to sleep, eat, shop and purchase gas and was used by Bus Lines, Travel Bureaus, AAA Clubs, the US Travel Bureau, and the Idelwild Chamber of Commerce in Michigan to assist black American travelers. This exhibit is an educational addition to the Museum that you won’t want to miss!


 

EXHIBITS - American Legends, Hot Rods & CustomsAmerican Legends: Hot Rods & Customs. You can almost hear the walls rumble with the memories of these great cars from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Guest Curated by Dennis Lesky from the Ionia Hot Rods Shop, this exhibit includes the 1941 Ford purple tail dragger, which inspired one of Mattel’s “First Edition” Hot Wheels toys and the famous Lil Deuce Coupe that appeared on the cover of the 1963 Beach Boys album.


Dust Bowl A

The Great Migration. You may have seen the images from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s – long lines at soup kitchens, farms buried by dirt, and gaunt faces peering from dilapidated vehicles. But these illustrate only part of the story. While desperate families were migrating west, automotive designers were creating luxury cars for the ultra-wealthy. This special exhibit takes visitors beyond the dust bowl, with a revealing display of automobiles from the era, including an extraordinary Duesenberg, custom-built for Hollywoods elite, displayed next to an ancient Ford Model T covered with a family’s only belongings.

Coming Soon…..

Mid-Century Performance – Featuring automobiles of the late 1960s and early 1970s and astounding original artwork from illustrator Art Fitzpatrick.