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The Joy of Automotive History

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The youth groups start with a tour of the music room and a chance to hear some of our marvelous automated mechanical music machines.

The youth groups start with a tour of the music room and a chance to hear some of our marvelous automated mechanical music machines.

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.

Museum visitors of all ages appreciate a glimpse of a sought-after Tucker Torpedo, one of only 51 ever made!

Museum visitors of all ages appreciate a glimpse of a sought-after Tucker Torpedo, one of only 51 ever made!

And of course the he Whoville Family Sedan from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" is another huge hit.

And of course the he Whoville Family Sedan from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is another huge hit.

1 comment to The Joy of Automotive History

  • Wally H.

    That looks like a great place for kids to learn about vintage cars, and automobile history. You never know- it may inspire some of them to become automotive engineers, or just inspire a love to work with cars (like a lot of us!)

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