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. Next 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.