Museum of Science and Industry Duesy?

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16 Oct 2006 22:32 #5593 by Chris Summers
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Received the following reply today:

Dear Mr. Summers,
Thank you for contacting the Museum and sharing your concerns. Due to
exhibition space, it is difficult to display the entire collection at one time.
I am sorry you are not happy with our current display of racing cars, located on the ground floor of the Museum's East Pavilion. You may not be aware, however, that we also have a couple cars on exhibit throughout the building. In addition, the Collections Department is home to the "Milburn Mob," a group of very hard-working volunteers who painstakingly restore our cars to working order. After restoration, they demonstrate the cars during Museum events, at classic car shows, and even drive them in local parades! In fact, just last month the "Mob" completed the restoration of our 1896 Benz and took it offsite
to a classic car show. Also, some of our cars are currently on loan to other institutions, where they are exhibited and made available to visitors who may not otherwise be able to visit them here.
Thank you again for your concern; please do not hesitate to contact me with
additional questions or comments.
Sincerely,
Lindsey MacAllister
Archivist
Museum of Science and Industry

So it looks like MSI's cars might be in good hands after all; it's just taking a while. That's the first time anyone at a museum I've contacted has bothered to respond, by the way.

In the meantime, let's hope that they get the Rolls and the Cadillac V-16 up and running soon! :D

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17 Oct 2006 02:29 #5594 by Randy_G
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That is pretty much the same response I got as well. All you can do at this point is hope for the best.

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20 Oct 2006 06:26 #5614 by 1930 Jordan
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I to am sending out a hand written letter. Letting them know that they (MSI) should as a MUSEUM let the cars be seen, and not hide them away. Also if they need money for something at the facility they should think of having some kind of auction (with the cars), and raise some funds. If the can't keep all of the cars that they have. It is not a good thing to hoard the spectacular cars that they have and not have them on display. I worked over at the ART Museum in Chicago and let me tell you they do Hoard the items and don't tell what they have hidden over their. So why would the other Museums be any different including MSI?? Or do they just like being piggy with the stuff that they have??

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20 Oct 2006 20:19 #5619 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic: Hmmm...
They've sold a handful of cars over the years (Randy Ema has an electric car that used to be in their collection, it was featured in Cars & Parts recently) but none recently, to my knowledge.

Another possibility may be that some of these cars were donations. The Detroit Historical Society has a similar problem--a wonderful car collection with no place to put it, and they cannot sell the cars because they were donated with the expectation they be put on public display for all eternity. I know for a fact that the Rolls-Royce Phaeton and Cadillac V-16 on display currently were donations, as was late MSI director Lenox Lohr's entire collection.

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23 Oct 2006 04:55 #5632 by Duesey
Duesey replied the topic: Re: Hmmm...

CMHSDuesy wrote: Another possibility may be that some of these cars were donations.


Many of the cars came from the D. Cameron Peck collection, so you're right int hat the museum didn't pay for most of them.

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28 Oct 2006 23:51 #5668 by mason maynard
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yes its a shame the car collection is down. the comments regarding the past at s&i are correct. at one time the museum had at least 2 people working on cars in the 1950's, rube delany and jack roush. they were both in their 70's. jack participated in the first automobile race in the us, held where? chicago. i think it was mechanics illustrated that published a hard cover book on how to restore your antique car in the 1950's covering their work. many cars, unfortunately, were modified to use tires that were available at that time, along with later carbs,etc. reproduction parts were not available then. the museum had a foundry and a small machine shop mostly devoted to restoring the cars. i rather casually know Keith Gill curator of transportation at s&i. i'll have to stop and visit him to find out whats going on. he's mostly a submarine guy,but does enjoy the cars. what i do know is unless things have changed, not too many people involved at the museum know very much about cars.

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