New Exhibit Exploring Roadside America Opens Next Week at Henry Ford Museum


Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum’s newest exhibit opens next week, which follows photographer John Margolies’ travels documenting America’s vanishing roadside attractions.

“This isn’t the quiet, contemplative exhibit,” says Marc Greuther, curator at the Henry Ford Museum. “It is vibrant, it is dynamic, and it reflects some of the kinetic and lively quality of roadside America in itself.”

Greuther says the exhibit will feature a variety of different photographs of unique road signs, diners, bars, and motels. There will also be different items collected on Margolies’ journeys, including a map filled with pennants from all over the country. The exhibit also will feature photographs of roadside attractions in both Detroit and Dearborn.

Three vehicles will be on display for the exhibit: 1950 Buick Roadmaster, 1950 Chrysler New Yorker, and 1963 Studebaker Avanti.

Margolies, an author, lecturer, and photographer, has photographed America’s highways for the past 25 years. He’s also written books on American architecture, tourist attractions, and American history.

Roadside America: Through the Lens of John Margolies opens at the Henry Ford Museum on June 20.  â€‹