Posted on November 14th, 2018

Exhibit Recalls An Era When GREEN BOOK Helped Ease The Way For African-American Travelers

Exhibit Recalls An Era When GREEN BOOK Helped Ease The Way For African-American Travelers

 

  • “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book” was compiled by a New York City postman with help from postal carriers around the country

 

  • Black travelers faced “whites only” lodging, restaurants, even gas stations

 

  • Rockefeller’s Esso brand sold gas, franchises to African-Americans

 

 

Hickory Corners, MI –

In the spring of 1946, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, former multi-sport standout at UCLA and a U.S. Army veteran, and his bride of two weeks Rachel, were flying from Los Angeles to Florida for baseball’s spring training season. Yet twice along the route they were bumped from flights so their seats could be occupied by passengers with white skin. During a stopover in New Orleans, they were not allowed to eat in the “whites only” airport restaurant. After arriving in Florida, the driver ordered them— yes—to the back of the bus.

The Robinsons, Jackie — soon to wear the Brooklyn Dodgers’ No. 42 on his back — and Rachel, were not alone. African-Americans faced discrimination in many aspects of life, including lodging, dining, when trying to find a drinking fountain or a restroom or even when trying to buy … Read More


Posted on November 9th, 2018

“It’s a DUESY!” New Exhibit Showcases Most Valuable American Car Ever Built

By Jay Follis – Director of Marketing
jfollis@GilmoreCarMuseum.org
269-671-5089

FAST FACTS

  • Duesenbergs were American-built motor cars from Indianapolis, IN produced by the Duesenberg brothers of German heritage.
  • 1920s & ’30s Duesenbergs became a status symbol as the choice of not those simply rich, but of the ultra-wealthy.
  • The Duesenbergs Model J was the biggest, fastest and most expensive American automobile of the Classic™ era of the 1920s and ’30s.

It’s a Doozy–the slang phrase used for something extraordinary and unequalled—certainly describes the newest exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum: “Duesenberg – Celebrating an American Classic.”

Perhaps the largest, most prestigious public museum exhibition of Duesenberg Motor Cars held in decades will showcase up to 20 of these rare cars in rotation at the Gilmore Car Museum. The exhibit of these extraordinary vehicles will run until fall 2019. The Duesenberg has long been considered by many historians, automotive journalists, and collectors as the greatest American car ever built and caused, with a slight twist, a resurgence of the popular phrase: It’s a Duesy!

The original slang appeared decades before the famed motor car but the Duesenberg, produced between 1920 and 1936, quickly gathered a list of its own accolades!  It … Read More


Posted on October 5th, 2018

Gilmore Gears Up For Annual Family-Friendly Halloween Event

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Halloween Spooktacular is a FUN and SAFE place to have a GHOULISHLY great time with the entire family! The open-house style event will be held on Thursday, October 25, from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine.

The Gilmore SPOOKTACULAR is an event exclusively geared towards kids ages 12 and under and draws thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters throughout the museum galleries. Another much anticipated highlight— along with the candy, costumes and fun— are the FREE antique truck rides (weather permitting) within the Museum’s 90-acre campus.

Several members of community fire departments also bring out many big rigs and enjoy answering questions and taking photos with kids of all ages. You’ll be able to grab FREE cider, donuts and hot cocoa (while supplies last) in the museum’s 1941 Diner or purchase pizza by the slice in the Heritage Café.

With all the activity around (and likely a few surprises), if anyone needs to rest their feet or just take a break there will be a kid-friendly feature film playing in the Heritage Center Theater.

It’s always a HOWLING good time for the whole family!

The Gilmore Car Museum, as a non-profit organization, would like to thank the many volunteers, … Read More


Posted on August 29th, 2018

Gilmore Car Museum Receives $115,000 Grant from Margaret Dunning Foundation

 

Museum receives $115,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support youth-centered exhibits

The Gilmore Car Museum has grown to be North America’s largest automobile museum with 90 acres and over 189,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan has received a grant of $115,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support youth-centered exhibits.

The funding will be used to design and fabricate a new exhibit pathway located throughout the Museum. Five new interactive exhibits will employ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) core concepts with the goal of developing the next generation of car enthusiast. The new exhibits will merge history and science to help young visitors learn about the evolution and social impact of the automobile.

The Dunning Foundation Grant team will consist of leadership from the Gilmore Car Museum, Good Design Group, and Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency. From left to right: Chris Shires (Executive Director, GCM), Mary Burke (Science Specialist and Curriculum Consultant, KRESA), John Metcalf (GDG), Stacie Longwell Sadowski (Development Manager, GCM), Brittany Williams (Collections Manager, GCM), Jennifer Beyer (GDG), and Fred Colgren (Education Director, GCM)

“We are excited and extremely grateful to have received this grant from … Read More


Posted on July 3rd, 2018

‘Vettes on View at the Gilmore Car Museum, July 22nd

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan has announced a new event for its 2018 car show season that is sure to get engines revving into Michigan from across the Midwest. The museum will open their 90-acre historic campus for their very first All-Years Corvette Show and Swap Meet on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Show your Corvette – any year – for $20 (includes driver and passenger admission). Admission will be $14 per person for the public, children 11 and under and Gilmore Car Museum members as spectators are free of charge. All admission includes access to the museum’s 90-acre historic campus and over 24 different buildings and galleries of automobile displays.

“We are the nation’s largest car museum and on July 22nd we’ll be featuring one of the nation’s favorite sportscar,” said Chris Shires, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum.

The Gilmore Car Museum currently features over 18 unique car shows and club meets, plus a weekly Wednesday night Cruise-Ins throughout the summer. The Corvette Show, the first show of its kind for the museum, has show organizers anticipating a large turnout both on the show field and in numbers of spectators.

“We are very excited … Read More


Posted on June 12th, 2018

2018 Vintage Motorcycle Show Winners Announced

While the threat of rain attempted to put a damper on the Gilmore Car Museum’s 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Weekend, die hard spectators and vintage motorcycle owners made the most of the museum’s first two-day motorcycle event. 

Special thanks to our 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Weekend sponsors:
Zeigler Motorsports
Battle Creek Harley Davidson
BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
NAPA of Delton
Dirty Boyz Motorcycles
Custom Connection
Perrigo
NEDs
Discover Kalamazoo
Crown Advertising
and Klinger Trailers

On Saturday, the Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet area open a day early than years previous, giving vendors and spectators alike the opportunity to shop leathers, products, and bike parts all weekend. Nearly two dozen dedicated riders braved the torrential bouts of rain on Saturday to participate in the 10th annual Vintage Motorcycle Ride through scenic Barry County for a chance to add an additional 5 points to their exhibitor-judged scores for Sunday’s show. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Master’s Class winners, Joe Blaha (R) and Graham Cousens (L). (not pictured, Randall Stroup)

Sunday’s 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Show brought exhibitors from as far as Minnesota, Ohio, and Illinois to the show field. Over 160 bikes 25 years and older – and nearly two dozen 35 years … Read More


Posted on June 4th, 2018

Motorcycles Overtake Gilmore Car Museum June 9-10th

Hickory Corners, MI – Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

The Gilmore Car Museum, well known for its world class collection of nearly 400 historic automobiles and as North America’s largest auto museum, will shift its focus entirely to motorcycles on Saturday June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.

What makes this year stand out is that it marks the very first time the popular annual event has grown to encompass two days by extending the Swap Meet into Saturday. The Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet held at the Museum has been considered one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest for several years.

“Over the last several years this event has just been busting at the seams,” stated Chris Shires, Museum Executive Director.

Hobbyists have indicated they wished they had more time to search out that elusive restoration part in the swap meet and take in the ever-growing show field of vintage cycles.

The Saturday Vintage Motorcycle ride originated a few years previous with just a handful of owners wanting to explore the back-country roads near the Museum on their vintage bikes.  Last year, however, they saw nearly 150 cycles join in.

“We knew … Read More


Posted on June 1st, 2018

Best-selling novelist Clive Cussler Grand Marshal at Museum Event

BEST-SELLING NOVELIST CLIVE CUSSLER GRAND MARSHAL AT CAR MUSEUM EVENT

Hickory Corners, MI – Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

Best-selling novelist Clive Cussler will be at the Gilmore Car Museum this weekend as Grand Marshal of the Classic Car Club of America Museum’s Experience Concours car show.

The Classic Car Club of America, dedicated to fine or unusual motor cars which were built between 1925 to 1948, established their museum on the Gilmore campus in 1985.

The annual Experience Concours takes place this Sunday June 3, 2018 and draws some of the nation’s highest award-winning automobiles, including such makes as Auburn, Bentley, and Packard. Also featured at this year’s event will be Cadillac and LaSalle autos built between 1915 – 1965.

Carol Vogt, Director of the CCCA Museum at the Gilmore pointed out that one of the cars on display will be a very impressive 1931 Cadillac V-16 auto owned by Grand Marshal Clive Cussler.

“We are thrilled to have this incredible author and fellow car collector joining us as our Grand Marshal this weekend” she continued.

Cussler is the author of more than 70 books and has reached the New York Times Best Sellers List over 20 … Read More


Posted on May 9th, 2018

Extraordinary Opportunities to “Time Travel” at the Gilmore Car Museum on May 19th

Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

The Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, MI puts more than a hundred pre-WWII vehicles in motion during its annual Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show held on Saturday, May 19th.

The show is dedicated to all motor vehicles built in 1942 and earlier representing both the first fifty years of the automobile as well as cars that established the Gilmore Car Museum collection when it opened to the public in 1966.

This show is NOT your typical car show and is not like any of the other 18 car shows held at the Museum each summer!

With the growing popularity of TV shows and movies featuring time travel, such as Doctor Who, Timeless, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to name a few, spending the day on the Gilmore Car Museum’s historic campus during Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase is an opportunity to see “AUTHENTIC TIME TRAVEL”!

At the Pre-1942 Showcase you’ll enjoy seeing several unique cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles from the earliest days of motorized transportation. What makes this event unique is that rather than remaining static in one parking spot all day, most of the vehicles at this show will … Read More


Posted on May 9th, 2018

Members of Six Local Attractions Share Membership Benefits in May

Six area attractions offer FREE ADMISSION during the month of May to each other’s members.

“By partnering in the Cultural Exchange,” says Christopher Shires, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum, “we all feel that we can make each organization more accessible to a broader segment of our community.”

The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are once again partnering for a fifth year as part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange.

New this year, the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Bird Sanctuary and Manor House will also be joining the Membership Exchange.

Guests presenting a membership card from any of these organizations can enjoy FREE admission at all participating locations May 1–31. Participating families who use the passport card and visit all six attractions will be entered to win a set of annual memberships to each organization. Cards are available at all participating locations. 

Activities throughout the month of May at participating organizations will include:

Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with more than 100 rare air & space craft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, a state-or-the-art theater, full-motion flight simulators, science-based classes & … Read More