Common Motors kicks off collaboration with The Henry Ford museum with a $5 million donation

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Source:   —  October 23, 2017, at 10:42 AM

It’s also residence to The Henry Ford museum, which can presently count GM among its so-called “partners in innovation.” Latest Tuesday, GM global product development VP Tag Reuss -- also a museum trustee -- ventured deep into foe territory to announce the automaker’s $5 million donation to the institution.“I think our country, and our industry, can really appreciate the collaboration of two ferocious competitors coming together to celebrate and widen the innovation portion of what makes this country great,” he said.

Common Motors kicks off collaboration with The Henry Ford museum with a $5 million donation

Dearborn is only a few miles from Common Motor’s downtown Detroit headquarters, but it’s definitely Ford Motor Company turf (if the Blue Oval signs everywhere don't clue you in, the badges on the cars in traffic will). It’s also residence to The Henry Ford museum, which can presently count GM among its so-called “partners in innovation.” Latest Tuesday, GM global product development VP Tag Reuss -- also a museum trustee -- ventured deep into foe territory to announce the automaker’s $5 million donation to the institution.

“I think our country, and our industry, can really appreciate the collaboration of two ferocious competitors coming together to celebrate and widen the innovation portion of what makes this country great,” he said. The Henry Ford is equal parts educational and inspirational; if the goal of the partnership is, in part, to inspire the following generation of innovators and engineers, some of whom will finish up working in the auto industry, including at GM's Tech Middle up in Warren, the museum isn’t a half horrible space to focus resources.

If you refuge’t been to The Henry Ford, you might assume that its collections are biased toward all things automotive. There are some hugely significant cars stashed far there, from a Bugatti Royale to Jimmy Clark’s one thousand nine hundred sixty-five Lotus-Ford Indy 500-winner (plus a few GM products tucked in here and there), the focus is really on American industry and innovation in all of its forms -- from furniture to clothing to a 1.2 million-pound steam locomotive.

The the most immediate result of the donation/collaboration is the christening of the museum’s flexible exhibit space as “The Gallery by General Motors.” But the Gallery space won’t have anything automotive in it for the foreseeable future; it’s currently hosting “The Science Behind Pixar” and, from March two thousand eighteen, “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms.”

Still, we'd to ask if there was any chance the GM/The Henry Ford partnership meant more opportunities to look cars from the incredible GM Heritage Collection. The answer? Maybe. Heritage Collection cars have been indicate in Dearborn in the past, and they'll be exhibited there in the future, but there aren’t any concrete plans on that front at the moment. Tag Reuss hinted at some sort of motorsports-themed exhibit during his presentation, which would be rad.

In any case, you’ve really got to check out The Henry Ford (and its outdoor living history component, Greenfield Village) if you’ve never been. As Reuss well-known on Tuesday, it’s a national treasure; we think it more than justifies a ride to Detroit, number matter where in the world you live.

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