Driven to Collect is located in the Automobile Gallery, which is a reproduction of the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village.
Driven to Collect marks the return of Heritage’s permanent collection of antique and classic automobiles with a whole new look and new interpretive theme, plus a carload of interactive fun! Discover how Heritage founder Josiah K. Lilly, III collected American automobiles in much the same way as collectors of all kinds assemble their collections of many types of objects. All have great passion for the objects they collect and some have a desire to share their collections with others. What Americans collect says a lot about our culture. What people of other cultures collect similarly defines their shared experiences.
The exhibit will bring Mr. Lilly as a person and his passion for collecting into the forefront of the visitor’s experience. It will highlight the process Mr. Lilly chose to find, restore, and think about what he called a “selective and outstanding” collection of vintage cars, as a proxy for everyone who collects.
Driven to Collect will feature the finest cars in the Heritage collection, including a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster owned by Gary Cooper, a 1913 Ford Model T Touring car, a 1915 Stutz Bearcat, a 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster, and a 1909 White Steam Car Model M owned by President Taft.
We are grateful to our sponsors:
Additional Support Provided By:
Peter R.H. Atherton
Dean A. Larson
John H. Tweed
Mary P. Wysocki
Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for a tour of our antique auto collection storage. Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories about the twenty cars in this area, while participants have the opportunity to closely examine the vehicles. Participants will also learn how the collection was formed, the original purchase price of each vehicle, the work that goes into maintaining this world-class collection, and the ins and outs of moving the cars and preparing them for exhibit. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited.