Museums: Woman Workers of the Auburn Auto Company

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Exhibit photo circa 1925; women in the upholstery shop | ACD Museum Photo

On display through September 15, 2016, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is hosting its traveling exhibit, “The Women Workers of the Auburn Automobile Company,” at the museum in Auburn, Indiana.

The exhibit is composed of photographs of women working in the Auburn factories and has been traveling around the local community for the past 12 months, an effort that focuses on having some of the women in the photographs identified so their legacies could be preserved.

“Overall, it’s nice to be able to celebrate Hoosier women in an accurate and appropriate manner,” Ethan Bowers, Archives Manager of ACD museum said. “I believe many Hoosiers have the feeling that women were often powerless and not influential in the early 20th Century, which is simply untrue.

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Subaru’s in Subaru exhibit at SImeone Museum | Simeone Museum Photo

“When you take a closer look at the role of women in the Indiana workforce at companies such as the Auburn Automobile Company, you see that their mere presence wielded influence and altered their role in the community. For something to be historically significant it doesn’t always have to be revolutionary or extraordinary. In fact, it is perhaps the ordinary Hoosiers and their struggles to make a living that we should highlight.”

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, is throwing it back to the ’80s with their “Back to the Future” month. Celebrations begin April 20 as the museum becomes the new home of the Back to the Future DeLorean.

Museum members can attend the unveiling of the car, followed by a panel discussion with Bob Gale, the writer and co-creator of Back to the Future, and John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood creative director, in addition to the movie car builders and technicians who worked to restore the DeLorean back to its on-screen condition.

The following Saturday, April 23, the Petersen invites guests 21-and-older to wear their best ’80s outfits to the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance and party, a re-creation of the dance from the Back to the Future movie.  Missing Persons and a Back to the Future tribute band, The Flux Capacitors, are set to play live music.

DeLorean owners are encouraged to show their cars on April 24, from 8 to 10  a.m., at the museum for a DeLorean-themed Breakfast Club Cruise-in.

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Subaru exhibit at museum | Simeone Museum Photo

While the Petersen celebrates the ’80s, the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia opens its 18-car tribute to Subaru on Saturday. The exhibit will include both road-going and competition cars, and it runs through May 1.

Set to run from April 23 through September 11, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento provides museum goers with a new exhibit, “The Pickup Truck: where utility meets the everyday.” The exhibit looks at the transition of the American pickup truck as a work vehicle to a personal vehicle with examples from the 1920s through modern day.

Running through April 25, the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville presents its annual, limited-run exhibit, “Hoods Up,” which provides museum goers with a look under the hoods of 40 museum cars, among those, a 1962 Renault Dauphine, a 1967 Toyota Sports 800, a 1933 Panhard-Levassor, a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo, a 1974 Citroën DS21 Rally Car, a 1938 BMW 320 and a 1934 Aero 30.

Car shows (with and without coffee):

This Saturday, the Simeone Automotive Museum is a “demo day” that showcases the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit. The four cars being demonstrated include a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe, 1958 Aston Martin DBR1, 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe, and 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO.

This Sunday is Muscle Car City’s monthly auto flea market and car corral, on Punta Gorda, Florida.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has its first car show of the season, Cars 4 Critters, on April 23 to benefit homeless animals.

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Mini and Metro | British Motor Museum Photo

This weekend the Kansas City Auto Museum is holding a “Scavanger Cruise” from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cruise will send participants on a drive around Kansas City by solving a series of local car related tasks.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, holds its third annual Carroll Shelby Memorial Car Show on May 7.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is set to hold its annual C4 Gathering at the museum, May 12-14. The gathering features seminars, tours, and other actives that will be specific and appeal to models produced between 1984 and 1996. Online registration is available through the museums website.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a car show May 21 to honor its founder. The show, “the Donald Gilmore Classic,” showcases cars from 1896-1942 and includes a driving tour May 20 and a swap meet May 21.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento plans a Memorial Day car show May 30 featuring Corvettes and other American muscle cars. The museum also hosts “Cruise Fest on Fulton Avenue” on September 10. The show is set to include live music, a beer garden and food trucks.

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Layfayette Escadrille | OHTM Photo

The British Motor Museum is holding the “National Metro & Mini Show” on June 5, at the museum. The show is set to include a “Car Gymkhana,” allowing participants to match a pre-set time around a track, other highlights include a concours, a non-cours with classes including Most Non-Functioning Accessories, Worst Interior, Biggest Area of Rust, Craziest Engine Bay, and more.

LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has announced its 2016 cruise-in dates. The cruise-ins are free and feature a DJ, food and the option to enter to win prizes and the people’s choice award. The dates are May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 13.

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan is holding Cars and Coffee on June 18, August 27 and October 15.

And it’s not just cars:

On Saturday, the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, celebrates its birthday with birthday cake for all visitors and a toast with the museum’s founders and staff. Members also will have access to the learning center to view slot-car racing and Pinewood Derby action.

The museum holds its 2016 Spark Gala on September 17. The event is an effort to raise funds for the museum’s educational programs.

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Dillinger 1933 Essex Terraplane | ACD Photo

Early registration for the fifth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival, the MEET, at the LeMay-America’s Car Museum, has opened. The festival is July 30, and early registration is $15 through July 15, after which it will be $20.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds the Michelin NCM Bash on April 28-30. Attendees will be able to get up close to the next-model-year Corvette as well as hear from the engineers and designers of the car.

On June 18-19, the museum will host a live feed of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the museum theater with live timing and scoring along with refreshments and hourly updates from the Corvette race team. Registration is $100.

Educational opportunities:

The next class in a six-part series on the foundations of automotive photography at Simeone Museum is this Saturday, and will look at composition. Classes follow June 4, July 30, September 17 and October 29.   The museum has announced it was awarded the AACA Plaque Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the preservation of automotive history.

On April 24, the Gilmore Car Museum, in Hickory Corners, Michigan, holds the next class in its 2016 lecture series, “Runabout Renaissance – The Rebirth of the Wooden Pleasure Boat,” with the following class, “The Earliest and Oldest Automobiles Dealerships in Michigan” set for May 1.

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Flux Capacitor on DeLorean | Petersen Photo

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, is holding a curator talk on April 26 that will go over the science and symbolism of Silver.

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum’s series of monthly “Sprint Car 101 forums” has scheduled the following events: “An Evening with Duane ‘Pancho’ Carter and Steve Stapp to benefit Racers at Rest,” hosted by Brian Gerster on May 5 at the American Legion Post in Speedway, Indiana; and remaining forums held at the museum in Knoxville, Iowa, on May 21, June 11 and July 16.

The final class in the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s 2016 Winter Education Series is set for April 30 at 1 p.m. at the museum, located in Owls Head, Maine. The discussion will focus on the Lafayette Escadrille, with historian, writer and museum professional, Mark Wilkins walking guests through the history of this group of pilots.

The League of Retired Automotive Designers, an informal group of mostly retired automobile designers, will be a part of a panel discussion held on April 20, moderated by collections manager Sam Gate, at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The designers are set to discuss their ideas, concepts and renderings, and the inspirations for their drawings.

Model T Drivers’ Ed registration is open at the LeMay Marymount in Tacoma, Washington. The first class will be April 23, followed by May 14, June 4, July 9, August 13 and September 10.

The next speaker-series discussion at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, is scheduled May 7 with Allen Grant discussing the 1965 Shelby Team Driver.

The California Automobile Museum offers a Mother’s Day tea and talk on May 8.

The next Science Saturday at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, is “Exploring planet Earth” on May 14, followed by “Roving Marz” on June 11, “Journeying to the moon” on July 9, and “food in space” on August 13.

On tour:

The California Automobile Museum has several car-themed tours scheduled. The next trip is May 14-21 and goes to Cuba. Another museum tour goes to France from June 15-24 for the 24 hours of Le Mans, including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ford’s victory and the 25th anniversary of Mazda’s victory in the race.

“Museum in Motion” tours by the National Corvette Museum have begun. The next tours include the Tail of the Dragon on May 1-4 and the Marble and Glass tour through New England from May 19-22.  The museum holds its seventh annual “One lap of Kentucky” fund-raising event in October over the course of three weeks: October 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29. The event previously has been a one-day Corvette excursion led by the state troopers, but the event this year is open to enthusiasts of all different years, makes and models, and it is a multi-day drive visiting Kentucky’s significant landmarks.

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