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Free Lecture Series - Bill Durant: The Father of General Motors

March 11, 2019
Free Lecture Series - Bill Durant: The Father of General Motors
Like R.E. Olds, Billy Durant put his own special mark on the auto industry in Lansing, Michigan, the nation, and ultimately the world. Durant’s creation of General Motors in 1908 in the tumultuous early days of the auto industry was driven by a vision which differed strongly from the individual entrepreneurs, like Henry Ford, who founded early car companies.

In his talk, Russell Doré will explore the life of Billy Durant, a somewhat unknown icon in the early development of the auto industry. He will explore Durant’s life to see how this high school dropout became a millionaire, but died penniless. Doré will discuss the role that all the early pioneers- David Buick, Ransom Olds, Walter Chrysler, Charles Nash, and Louis Chevrolet- played with Durant in the creation and rise of General Motors.

Dr. Russell Doré is a board member of MotorCities - The Automobile National Heritage Area.

Free and open to the public.

Doors to the Museum will open at 6pm.

 
Location Information
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
240 Museum Drive
Lansing, MI 48933
 
Contact Information
Email: autos@reoldsmuseum.org
Phone: 517-372-0529
   



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