Looking for a unique gift for mom this Mother's Day in Oshawa? Join us for a Mother's Day talk & tour highlighting women's influence in the car industry including a special exhibit on the GM Design Dome and the Feminine Auto Show of 1958. This special event is great for mom and the kids.
Opened in 1955, the Design Dome at General Motors’ Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, was inspired by their legendary vice president of design, Harley J. Earl. It was the first secret internal room for GM executives to evaluate and approve newly designed vehicles for mass production, and other major car companies later followed suit.
In 1958, the Spring Fashion Festival of Women Designed Cars, known as the “Feminine Auto Show” was viewed by executives at the Design Dome. It was a dazzling display that showcased ten redesigned vehicles by six female members of Earl’s design team - Suzanne Vanderbilt, Ruth Glennie, Marjorie Ford Pohlman, Jeanette Linder, Sandra Longyear, and Peggy Sauer. The show included flowing red drapes, hundreds of chirping canaries, and the scent of fragrant hyacinth flowers. The public promotion of female designers was short lived – after Earl’s retirement in 1958 their contributions were no longer showcased.
Today the GM Design Dome continues its original function as well as hosting charity events, internal meetings, and movie productions.
Make a day trip out of your visit by combining it with brunch in downtown Oshawa. Regular admission rates apply, members free.
Can't make the tour? A Canadian Automotive Museum Gift Pass is the perfect present for all occasions. Stop by the museum gift shop to pick one up, order one over the phone at 905-576-1222, or purchase one online.