Antique Cars Discussed at CLP
October 11, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Char Lautzenheiser, director of the Canton Classic Car Museum, presented on Tuesday morning at the University of Mount Union as part of the Continued Learning Program (CLP).
From the time she was little, she had always loved cars. Lautzenheiser grew up as an only child and learned about cars from her father and cooking from her mother, but cars were always her passion.
Her knowledge and love for cars led her to the museum where she has worked for 31 years. Although, she admits she got the job by chance.
“It was truly by fate that I got that job,” Lautzenheiser said. “I saw a paper and it said help wanted, old retired man to help at car museum; of course, I applied.”
It took some convincing for her to get the job, but she was eventually hired and has continued to work for the museum.
“I could talk about cars for hours,” she said as she opened her presentation.
Her discussion focused around the history of the museum itself. The building where it is located was built by George Monnot. In 1914 when the Lincoln Highway was constructed, Monnot had the idea to turn the building into a 24-hour service stop for people traveling across the country. Soon after, he had the idea to build and sell the Ford Model T in the back of the shop. He contacted Henry Ford, who started to send the parts to Canton.
For years, the building was home to the largest Ford dealership in the country. The museum was established in 1978.
While the focus of it is antique cars, it features more than that. It is the home of many antique items such as an RCA Nipper Dog which was made in Louisville by the Old King Cole company before it became Trilogy Plastics. The museum also has a collection of clothing women and men used to wear while riding in their cars.
“If you came in you’ll see things you had, things your parents had and some your grandparents might have had,” Lautzenheiser said.
After telling about the history if the museum, she went into the history of some of the cars they own and loan from people. With each car she discussed, the audience was shown a photo of it at the museum.
“Cars evoke emotions,” she said. “Cars make you smile.”
She had the audience think about their first car, the first time they drove fast and all the other memories the audience had with their cars over the years to show just how special each and every car is.
The museum is home to models both new and old including Camaros, Plymouths and a one of a kind 1937 Packard.
The museum is located at 123 6th Street SW, Canton, Ohio. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLP presentations take place in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s Campus in October, February and April.
The next CLP will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. in the Newbold Room. The speaker will be Mandy Altimus Stahl, an archivist at the Massillon Museum. She will discuss Stark County in the Great War.
For more information about CLP, contact Abby Honaker Schroeder by phone at (330) 829-8168 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.