The Joy of Automotive History
This past weekend we had approximately 300 people visit the Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield, MI, as it’s open to the public on the first Saturday of every month. This was a big crowd and we were happy to see that the demographics included many young families with children. We are glad to see the growing interest, since the purpose of the museum is to educate, motivate and inspire young people with a passion and appreciation for vintage vehicles, as well as help them to understand the automobile industry’s impact on society, history and everyday life. Toward this end, the museum also hosted 80 students and 13 adults (teachers and chaperones, many were dads ) from Great Oaks Elementary of the Anchor Bay School District on Jan 6, 2016. While the kids were here, our Docent Bob Brisson talked to them for about 15 minutes in the music room and showed them how some of the automated musical instruments worked. After a quick rundown on what they would see in the museum, the kids were free to roam and explore. The highlight of the day was when the kids were given a sheet with photos of 12 distinctive hood ornaments or vintage logos and they had the chance to complete a “scavenger hunt” to find them all. If you are ever in the Chesterfield, MI area, please keep in mind that the museum is open to the public every Tuesday afternoon as well as the first Saturday of every month.