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Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 10:22 PM

Detroit Toy Stories, Detroit's Destinations now open at the Historical Museum

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Memorabilia from Eastern Market is included in the new Fabulous 5: Detroit's Destinations exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- Five new exhibits are now open inside the Detroit Historical Museum in the city's cultural center. Detroit Toy Stories, Fabulous 5: Detroit's Destinations, 1914 Anderson Detroit Electric, William B. Stout and 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age are all on view. Free admission is being offered on the third Sunday of each month: Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Mark your calendars to check out these five, new amazing exhibits.

The latest installment of the most popular Fabulous 5 exhibit showcases "Detroit's Destinations." These five random destinations include the Heidelberg Project, Eastern Market, Campus Martius, Belle Isle and the Franklin Cider Mill.

The main attraction is the museum's new exhibit called Detroit Toy Stories. It features over 7,000 items on display such as the teddy bear, which was named after Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. There are a variety of toys from multiple generations including toy soldiers, dolls and dollhouses, their wardrobes, a pedal fire truck, hula hoops, games and more. Some toys are interactive for visitors such as the Etch A Sketch, checkers, Operation game and a dress-up section.

There is also a television where children can watch old fashioned toy commercials. Several TV screens also show personal stories of metro Detroiters actually playing with their toys. This exhibit will bring back your childhood memories.

A 1914 Anderson Detroit electric car is the next vehicle displayed in the museum's Automotive Showplace. Mrs. Helen Newberry Joy purchased this car on October 11, 1921. She loved it because it was more reliable than a gas car and she didn't have to crank it to start. Also displayed is the electric charging station that was used for this car. It is a lot larger than the ones used today. The vehicle averaged 80 miles per charge with a top speed of 20 miles per hour, which was adequate for that time in history.

Another new display is the William Bushnell Stout exhibit. He was an inventor and designer who worked in the automotive and aviation fields. This exhibit shows some of his illustrations, design drawings and models of some of the most innovative automobiles and aircraft. His most prominent vehicle was the Sky car, which is an airplane with many wheels. By shedding the wings, it can be used as a car.

In 1919, he started the Stout Engineering Company in Dearborn, Michigan and built the Stout Scarab car in 1932. In 1934, he founded the Stout Motor Car Company. The car looked like today's VW beetle, but longer in length, and featured an all-aluminum tubular airframe, with the engine in the rear. Only nine Scarabs were built because no one had an interest in them. He retired in Phoenix, Arizona and died on March 20, 1956 at the age of 76.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center exhibit is on the third floor of the museum. It is about the 1950's atomic age and the fears of the Cold War on society. Visitors can see a real life depiction of a bomb shelter displayed here.

All of these exhibits will be displayed until Memorial Day 2012 with the exception of the Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit. That one will be ending in two months.

However, this fall, free admission will be offered every third Sunday on October 16, November 20 and December 18.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum is not open to the public but available for group tours by calling (313) 833-7979. Adult admission is $6. Seniors (60+), college students with valid college ID, and youth ages 5-18 pay $4. Admission for children ages four and under is free. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $4 at all times. For more information, call the Museum at (313) 833-1805 or check out their website at www.detroithistorical.org.

Related Story: The Detroit Historical Museum celebrates the city's birthday with free admission


PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Heidelberg Project sign

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Artifacts from the Heidelberg Project

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Campus Martius Park sign

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Memorabilia from Detroit's Campus Martius Park

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Detroit's Eastern Market sign

 

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