Save the Date 2018

Model T Birthday Celebration: Sunday, September 23                                                                                  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Event! Join us for Model T Rides from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, free admission to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, cupcakes, music and more! Piquette Pre 48′ Car Show will be highlighting Ford’s and Ford Products pre 1948 models.

If you are an owner of a pre 1948 Ford or Ford product and want to participate you can register online at or by phone at 313-872-8759.  Registration is free! If interested in lunch option registration is $10.00.

Check-In for car owners participating in the show is 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Visitor Choice Award Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!!

Lunch will be provided for Model T owners providing Model T Rides!

Speakers That Will “Pique” Your Interest                                                                                                          Ticket Sales Begin August 1, 2018                                                                                                                     Tickets Available Online, By Phone, and at the Door                                                                                       Prices: $6.00 Members $12.00 Non-Members                                                                                       Special Offer: All Three Series $15.00 Members $30.00 Non-Members

“Stories from the Men that Made Henry Ford Famous”                                                                        September 6, 2018, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm                                                                                                      Online Tickets Available At:

In the early 1950s the Ford Motor Company’s History Department interviewed over 200 people about their experiences with Henry Ford. A number of them worked with Henry at Piquette Avenue Plant. Join Don LaCombe, on September 6, 2018, as he tells these stories from 1904 to 1910 that gives both a serious and humorous perspective on what it was like to work with Henry here at Piquette.

Don is a docent at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. He spent 36 years in Ford Product Department, taught a course in Automotive Product Development at the University of Michigan, and was a frequent lecturer at other universities and automotive conferences.

Enjoy Detroit made snacks sponsored by Better Made!

“Crossing the Northern Border: Undocumented Immigrants in the Motor City”                                       October 11, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                                                                                                      Online Tickets Available:

On October 11, 2018, Ashley Johnson Bavery will explore how America’s earliest undocumented immigrants crossed America’s northern border through Detroit for work in America’s automobile plants. Their surreptitious entry created a demand for border patrol and policing that stigmatized thousands of Poles, Ukrainians, Hungarians, and Italians across America’s Motor City. This talk will provide an early look at Detroit’s immigrant communities and those who wanted them out of Detroit.

Ashley is a historian of American immigration and ethnicity, urban space, and foreign policy in the American 20th century, and an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University.

Enjoy Polish cooking sponsored by Szegedi’s!

“Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring ’20s”                                                                                         November 8, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                                                                                                    Online Tickets Available:

Join us on November 8, 2018, as Joel Stone will discuss how from the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight during the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew at an incredible pace. Adding to the excitement, nation prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rum-running became the region’s second largest industry. Boom town meets the Wild West.

Joel is the senior curator for the Detroit Historical Society. His research has focused on North American frontier and maritime cultures and has published works on such topics.

Enjoy beer tasting sponsored by Atwater Brewery!

Atwater Beer



Ghosts of Piquette Tours: October 27 & 28
Hear fascinating stories told by the characters that once worked at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

Veterans Day: November 11         Free admission for current and retired military service members and their families.

Holiday Open House: December 8
Celebrate the holiday season with hot cocoa, cookies and shopping in the Jerry & Dorene Hammes Museum Store.