FLINT — Sloan Museum has received a grant of $250,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support re-imagined Carriage to Car exhibits in the new Sloan Museum of Discovery, opening in late 2021.
As Sloan Museum renovates and expands, every aspect of its 25-year-old static history exhibits will be re-imagined in an interactive and immersive style. While the story of Flint’s industrial history will remain a central theme of the exhibits, the cultural revolution that accompanied the transition from carriage-making to car-making in Flint will be re-interpreted through a lens of inclusion and justice. Flint stories and Flint people will take the spotlight in the new Carriage to Car exhibits, with community involvement central to the exhibit development process. “This generous grant from the Margaret Dunning foundation will help us tell dynamic stories about Flint’s early automotive history,” Sloan Museum Executive Director Todd Slisher said. “Visitors will learn not only about the emerging car industry and its leaders, but also about the people who worked in the factories and their communities.” With the community’s input, approximately 3,000 square feet of dynamic history exhibits will explore industrial stories, beginning with logging, next carriage-making, then car manufacturing. Using interactive exhibits and real historical artifacts and vehicles, visitors will be able to step back in time and witness the birth of Flint’s auto industry. In addition, Sloan Museum has received a grant of $4,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support the maintenance of its collection of over 100 historic vehicles. This grant was used to purchase Go-Jaks, a set of four vehicle dollies, which allow staff to transport vehicles with less chance of damage.