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MOTOR Speakers Bureau

    At the Museum of the Open Road, our passion is the American highway and what we can learn of this nation simply by driving the interstates and paying attention. We'd like to share what we've learned with your group and so we have created the MOTOR Speakers Bureau. Presentation topics are as follows:   

The Interstates at 50

    The year 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System, signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, 1956. In this program we’ll consider how a Republican president with a distrust of big government came to promote the biggest public works project in the history of the nation. We’ll look at how this system was created and consider its effects—positive and negative—50 years later.

Ohio from the Interstates

    The Interstates cast a net of sameness over the nation. But if we know how to look, we can still catch clues that tell us of America's diversity, even from the Interstates. In this presentation, we take a look at Ohio--a state of remarkable contrasts despite how it may look from the Interstates. The Virginia Military District? One of the 12 "Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere?" The Cowboy Corridor? We pass through all these while driving Ohio's interstates. In this presentation we offer some highlights from MOTOR's Ohio programs.

Northeast Ohio from the Road

    We can learn much about Northeast Ohio just by driving its highways and paying attention to what we see. We'll find something of Northeast Ohio's history, the businesses that have developed here, the social movements that have claimed people's commitments. We'll see what remains of our agricultural and industrial past as well as catch glimpses of the new economic base that is developing. We'll learn about the people who came through here, those who settled, and those who stayed. In this presentation, then, we'll consider some of the things we can learn about Northeast Ohio from the road.

    The MOTOR Speakers Bureau is available for service clubs, church groups, libraries, historical societies, users groups, and others. Give us a call (216-751-8280); we'll work something out.

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