McPHERSON, KAN. – Join McPherson College “Wheels of Change: How the Automobile Shaped Our Lives,” a six-week summer experience that explores the people, innovations, and art of the automotive industry. This week’s session on Thursday, July 9 at noon CDT is titled “Thar be Giants in them Thar Hills! – Henry Ford, Billy Durant, and the mega-corporations,” with special guest Bob Casey, retired curator of transportation, Henry Ford Museum.
Casey worked for the Henry Ford Museum for 21 years before retiring. During that time, he wrote “The Model T: A Centennial History,” co-authored “Driving America: the Henry Ford Automobile Collection,” and was lead curator on the “Driving America” exhibition. He judges at a number of car shows and has appeared in several auto-related television documentaries. After retiring from the Henry Ford Museum, he served on the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum board of trustees. He helped design and build Piquette’s re-creation of the “secret room” where Henry Ford and his associates created the Model T. He has a mechanical engineering degree and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. He currently serves as the secretary of the Society of Automotive Historians.
Professor Ken Yohn, chair of McPherson College’s Department of History and Politics, serves as host and instructor for the webinar. For more than 20 years, Professor Yohn has taught courses on the social history of the automobile at McPherson College and has led student study trips to Europe and South America.
Each week on Zoom, Wheels Change will focus on fascinating topics from the advent of the automobile to its impact on war, globalization, and design. There is no cost for the series but space is limited and registration is required for each session. For more details about the series or to register go to https://www.mcpherson.edu/autorestoration/wheelsofchange/.
ABOUT McPHERSON COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE RESTORATION
The McPherson College Automotive Restoration program began in 1976. It has evolved into the only award-winning four-year bachelor’s degree program for automotive restoration technology in the country. The program offers student experience outside of the classroom at some of the most prestigious car events in the United States, like Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the program was featured in a spotlight on Fox Business. The college also has a growing alumni base who work in all facets of the car collecting world including Hagerty, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Historic Vehicle Association, RM Sotheby’s, in their own shops, at museums, and private collections. Learn more about the program at https://www.mcpherson.edu/programs/auto-restoration/.
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