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Model A Museum

Creating A Place of Honor

Larry Jewett - September 08, 2011 05:44 AM

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  The Model A Ford is still alive and is eager to move into a new museum home.  There is no museum wholly dedicated to this storied car, even though over four million As were produced from 1927 through 1931.  Now, more than 80 years later, the establishment of a permanent Model A Ford Museum at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan is in the works.

The Model A Ford Foundation was established to preserve the Model A era (cars, fashions, historic events) and 100,000 Model As are said to be in garages and still ready to roll today. The Foundation finds itself short of the amount needed to break ground on a Model A museum.  Over the years, the Foundation has raised $700,000 of the $900,000 needed to build a museum on the campus of the multi-brand Gilmore Car Museum.

The fund raising effort has slowed and time is short. Like WWII servicemen, the original Model A owners and early collectors are thinning out and this is the critical time to build the museum.  The Foundation decided to turn to the public and perhaps reach people who want to help commemorate the car and their own memories.
In addition to making a cash donation, engraved bricks for the museum walkway are available for donors to record the love and enjoyment they had in the Model A.  There is space on each brick for a 60 character message to demonstrate that love forever.

The Model A Ford Foundation encourages admirers of the Model A to visit its website at maffi.org to learn more, get an order form, or simply send a tax deductible, receipt-acknowledged cash donation to the Foundation at PO Box 95151, Nonantum, MA 02495. The Model A Ford Foundation is a public, 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage Model A Ford automobile.

The Foundation is confident that with the help of enthusiasts, a ground breaking on the Gilmore campus for the all-new Model A Ford Museum will take place in the spring of 2012.

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