Greenfield Village Stages First Early Gas Engine Exhibit

Greenfield Village holds the first early gas engine exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum with promise of making this an annual event.


| March/April 1967



E Allis Chalmers and Model L Case tractors

Photo courtesy of Robert Gray, Eldora, Iowa.

ROBERT GRAY

Greenfield Village stages the first early gas engine exhibit at Henry Ford Museum. 

Dearborn, Michigan. — "The response was so great, we hope to make this an annual event," was the comment of Frank Davis, curator of communications and industrial arts for the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village of the first early gas engine exhibit.

The day-long event held on the grounds of this world famous indoor-outdoor museum of Americana started with a steam parade through the Village. Visitors, many of whom came from various parts of the United States and Canada, were amazed and awed by the performance of the beautifully restored engines.

For the younger generation, it was complete amazement since they little realized that giant engines of this type were made a hundred years ago. Their thinking of modern technology couldn't comprehend that our forefathers were quite inventive and ingenious.

Famed radio and movie star, Edgar Bergen, along with his wooden friends, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, spent the day with the engine club members. Bergen, who is a steam engine collector himself, was starring at one of the Detroit area night clubs at the time, and thoroughly enjoyed the day off to be with the early engine buffs.

The setting at Greenfield Village made an outstanding showplace for the Michigan Early Engine Club members. The history of America and many of its developers can be traced here by visiting the homes and shops where they once lived or worked. The buildings are all originals and were moved to this 260-acre shrine by the late Henry Ford, one of America's great industrial pioneers.