The Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum opened its doors in 2009, giving visitors, near and far, a look into the 1932 to 1953 “Flathead” era of Ford automobiles. Since its beginning, the museum had intentions of expanding to add more space for early Ford memorabilia and vehicles. Numerous donations have made the museum a notable destination for car enthusiasts and history buffs. Plans are in place to receive more artifacts for the future, including a 17 car collection from New Mexico, making the expansion necessary for these contributions. It was recently announced that construction is expected to begin in spring 2016, dependent upon monetary goals being reached.
The current expansion plan consists of an 8,700 square foot addition to be added to the West side of the existing building. After the completion, prospective plans include a Rotunda to be used as a multi-purpose room and event center.
This expansion will not only allow more artifacts to be displayed in the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum, but it will also have a positive effect on DeKalb County at large. It will enable the Ford impact to grow in the area, and increase the museum influence altogether.
The plans, though exciting, are very costly. That said, the Foundation has launched a “Buy the Foot” capital campaign that enables the public to make a donation, and in return, donors will receive a certificate and their name on a plaque that will hang in the new addition. The form to donate can be found here.
Stop by the museum Monday through Saturday (click here for hours and admission) and enjoy the remarkable pieces of history, including 17 Ford automobiles, ranging from 1930 to 1950, engines, and countless banners and other memorabilia of the early Ford era.