Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Armchair Travel:The Gilmore Car Museum

Vintage Hearse at the Gilmore Car Museum
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Are you wondering why I put an old hearse at the top of the page? Well, in case you didn't know it, my family was in the funeral business. Growing up as a funeral director's daughter, I had plenty of fodder to write a mystery that takes place in a funeral home! Deadly Undertaking was so much fun to write drawing upon my experience. Readers enjoy the twists and humor I wove into this quirky murder story set in an unusual location. Having funeral director brothers for resources was a bonus! Thank you Jim and John. 

I found this gorgeous old hearse at the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, Michigan. If you live near the area or if you have time to take a day off, please make the trip to visit this amazing place. From my video, you'll see it isn't a stuffy old museum full of dinosaur cars. My daughter was delighted she came along and of course, my grandsons and son-in-law were in heaven seeing all the cars and engines.

The museum's mission is "to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of transportation in America; to connect people with the heritage and social impact of the automobile; and to provide an understanding of the past, embrace the present, and imagine the future."

They certainly deliver on their mission displaying "Ford Model A's to Cadillacs, Pierce-Arrows to Duesenbergs, Studebaker to Chevrolet, and more." 

Even if you aren't a car buff, I think you'll appreciate the beauty and art work of these magnificent vehicles. Here are just a few of the models we saw and appreciated.

Now relax and enjoy a short video I made when we visited the museum in September with our daughter and her family.

You Tube VIDEO: A Stroll Through the Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo, Michigan

You Tube VIDEO: A Stroll Through the Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Check out the earlier blog post I wrote about the museum here.
Do you love the old cars? What's your favorite? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.


  1. JQ,
    I've never read any of your fiction and this sounds like one that I would enjoy reading. So you've have convinced me and I will purchase it. I also I went to school with a young man whose father own a funeral home.
    Shalom aleichem,

  2. Great photo, JQ. That looks a fascinating place to visit. I expect that vintage hearse has many a tale to tell. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks amazing! We've got to get down there someday soon. Loved the hearse tie-in with Deadly Undertaking, too!

  4. Thank you, Helena. The hearse was a pretty fancy ride to the cemetery.

  5. Thanks, Nan. Ray would love the place. I forgot to mention they have a building with old motorcycles too!

  6. How fascinating! Love the picture, JQ. Have a lovely week.

  7. Hi Nicola. Glad you like that photo. Thanks for stopping in.

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