Â 02/19/14 Diners, Drive-ins and Dives of Marshall County are being featured with the traveling â€śAuto Indiana Exhibitâ€ť and the new â€śTribute to Bill Wagoner Exhibit.â€ť Â Not only is the museum showcasing the influence of the automobile in Marshall County, but also the musical impact of the late, Bill Wagoner, of Wagoner Music Shop, on the development of young area musicians! Â Â Ever since the installation of the first car radio in the 1930â€™s, music has become an important part of the driving experience!Â Music and cars just seem to go together!
Â The Marshall County Museum hosts the â€śAuto Indiana Exhibitâ€ť from March 8 â€“ April 2.Â The exhibit takes visitors on a ride through Indianaâ€™s rich automotive past illuminating ties between â€śthe automobileâ€ť and the development of many other economic opportunities for the â€śCrossroads of America.â€ťÂ It explores how the automobile became part of the American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.Â
Locally, car dealers, service station owners and those involved in the auto industry, (whether as business owners, mechanics or laborers, past and present), will gather for an open house on Tuesday, March 11 from 4-7 PM to enjoy vintage automobile memorabilia, photographsÂ of Marshall County shops, service stations, and diners, drive-ins and dives that popped up along historic Michigan Road and Lincoln Highway.Â Any â€ścar buffsâ€ť and car enthusiasts are encouraged Â to attend the open house and reminisce about Marshall Countyâ€™s deep-rooted ties with the automobile industry!
Â Jan Wagoner, widow of the late Bill Wagoner will be on hand to introduce and answer any questions about the new â€śTribute to Bill Wagoner Exhibitâ€ť from 4 -7 PM during the open house on March 11. Â Discover Bill Wagonerâ€™s passion for music and how it shaped our communityâ€¦.Visually, the display transports you back to the early rock & roll era, showcasing his personal collection of customized guitars, vintage performance costumes and memorabilia from the 60â€™s and 70â€™s.Â Â An audio component of the exhibit spotlights music from his self-produced CD, â€śNew Rules,â€ť made with his wife, Jan in 1995.Â
Bill Wagoner not only leaves a musical imprint as a rock & roll lead guitarist and later as an independent music retailer that mentored young musicians, but as an animal lover and collector of Porsche cars.Â The museum exhibit explores the many different avenues in Bill Wagonerâ€™s life and the contributions he made sharing his music with others.Â Music is a powerful thing.Â It touches us in different ways.Â Bill Wagoner still touches many lives with his magical musical memories.
So, what is it with cars and music?Â They naturally go together!Â Â Enjoy a unique historic Â look at the influence of â€ścarsâ€ť and â€śmusicâ€ť in Marshall County from March 8 â€“ April 2, or at the March 11 open house from 4-7 PM at the Marshall County Museum, 123 N. Michigan St. in Plymouth.Â For more information on the exhibit or open house, call 574-936-2306.