Museum of Science and Industry Duesy?

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08 Sep 2006 20:52 #5380 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic: Location, location, location
Although I am on the car guys' side here, I think that one of the main problems with MSI's car collection is its location. Lenox Lohr (who ran the museum from the early '40s to the late 1960s) was a car guy's car guy and originally used the transportation section to house he and D. Cameron Peck's car collections during World War II to keep them from being crushed. The public liked them and he thought cars were important to history, so they stayed.

With Lohr and Peck gone, the museum's focus has gone back to "science and industry," and while cars may fit into that I think they're out of place at that particular museum, especially with its new, "socially-conscious" (blah) image. I would like to see them sold to a charitable organization (say, the local AACA or CCCA chapter) and put on display at a separate museum in one of Chicago's many nice old buildings. A big dream, but then, so was the ACD Museum. :)

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09 Sep 2006 16:57 #5392 by Duesey
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Cars are as much a part of MSI as anything, after all the museum dedicates much of its spcae and money to the history and evolution of transportation. Personally, I think the collection should be regrouped and displayed in some form, it is such a waste to box them up like that. Maybe they could buy one of the old dealerships along South Michigan Avenue and put them in there. Or at least give me a few cars to break in!

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22 Sep 2006 06:42 #5460 by 1930 Jordan
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Could someone from the Auburn Museum get over to MSI and see if they would let us have the cars on loan. Instead of letting them rot over there. I to was out to the MSI and was lost with out seeing the cars that they had there. I WILL NEVER go back for they just are in for the NEW things that are out there to bring in the people. This is why NO Young kids know about this old stuff, they(MSI) just don't care to let them know about it. What about us that REALLY spend the money for the donations and to join the Museum. They should be catering it us because we spend the money over there!! If they don't want the cars any more let them go to someone who wants them. <!-- s:x --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mad.gif" alt=":x" title="Mad" /><!-- s:x -->

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22 Sep 2006 15:36 #5463 by Duesey
Duesey replied the topic:
I can't diagree with you there, but MSI, which is one of the most popular museums in Chicago, needs to cater to the consumer. It would be nice if they would at least loan their collection out for display purposes to someone though. I'd really like it if they kept it in Chicago since there really aren't many decent car museums here. We should start a 'Save the Peck Collection' movement to rescue the reclusive MSI collection!

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22 Sep 2006 16:23 #5468 by DJT
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Anyone have some pictures of these autos so we <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> know what these wonderful cars look like that all of you are talking about? I was at MSI this past year, but hadn't been there since the 6th grade and that was quite a few years ago :(

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22 Sep 2006 16:30 #5469 by Duesey
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There are some great shots of the collection in Flyod Clymer's book 'Those Wonderful Old Automobiles.'

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