Happenings at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Preservation Center

As an organization we are very lucky to have an extensive workshop to take care of our ever-increasing fine collection of transportation artifacts. We not only take care of the daily needs of the static items on display, but we also currently maintain a significant group of vehicles that run, drive and head out into the public at various events, car shows and public engagements. This is no easy task for a non-profit and we rely heavily on the help of many skilled volunteers and their experience to do the ‘heavy lifting’ at the center. The volunteers bring a skill set that is as broad as it is deep. We have multiple engineers from all fields, skilled trades of all types, architects, dentists, machinists, machinery builders, painters, etc.  These fine people are the engine that continues to drive the machine at the center and enable us to continue to push forward with new and exciting additions to our collection. With a collection surpassing 175 transportation items in addition to the aircraft and motorcycles this is no easy task as far as upkeep and repair.

One of our items that needed major restoration and preservation work was our White Motors M2 Half Track from WWII. White Motors from Cleveland, Ohio started as a sewing machine company and eventually spread into an automotive company with their introduction of a steam powered automobile and heavy trucks for industry. As all major manufactures during this time period, war time production took precedence and White Motors built vehicles for the war effort churning out thousands of vehicles including various versions of half-tracks. The first thing we needed to do was asses the situation and formulate a plan to tackle the repairs. The situation was dire in some respects as we are always battling time and the availability of parts. The longer an item goes before having work performed, the harder, longer and more costly it is to locate the requisite parts.  With this piece of history approaching its 80th birthday, time was not on our side. 

Our inspection of the vehicle indicated quite a few areas that needed addressed initially. We had no operational power brakes and the unit had been bypassed for some reason in the past. All the grease fittings, bearings, spindles and rotating assemblies had grease that had hardened to the consistency of a solid resin. The drivetrain including the engine, transmission / transfer case and radiator was leaking profusely and required immediate attention. None of the gauges worked, the wiring was a disaster and was completely frayed, corroded or even nonexistent.  To add to those problems, various incorrect modifications were done to the armor and frame of the vehicle making it miss the mark of being a true example of a White manufactured war time M2 track. This vehicle was going to need some help, but luckily, we are equipped with an extensively equipped facility and an extremely enthusiastic crew. 

Exhibit Opening | Electric, Steam, or Gasoline

Electric, Steam, or Gasoline | About the Exhibit

Today’s automobile designers and manufacturers are focused on adjusting to increased demands for power and fuel alternatives. The hope is that pollutant-free, long range, and efficient vehicles are just over the horizon.

But that’s not new!

As the Twentieth Century dawned, only 20% of American cars ran on gasoline! Come to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum and see over 100 years of technological innovation. Learn how our current thoughts regarding the future of transportation are firmly rooted in a fascinating past.

Schedule of Events

8:00-11:00am | Crawford, Coffee & Cars

1:00-2:00pm | Under the Hood: Behind-the-Scenes Exhibit Tour

2:00-3:00pm | The Story Behind Alternative Power (Speaker: John Lutsch, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum Programming Manager)

(PREREGISTERED GUESTS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A FAST LINE FOR EASY CHECK-IN!)

 

Proceeds from this event benefit the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

Questions? Contact Whitney Stalnaker at 216-721-5722 x1307 or wstalnaker@wrhs.org.

Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Join us for Crawford, Coffee & Cars at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s Preservation & Storage Facility in Macedonia Ohio.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 8:00am to 11:00am

Experience the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection like never before

  • Enjoy coffee and pastries
  • Admission includes access to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum Preservation and Storage Facility
  • $5 for WRHS Members, $10 for Non-Members

 

Proceeds from this event benefit the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

 

Questions? Contact Whitney Stalnaker at 216-721-5722 x1307 or wstalnaker@wrhs.org.

EVENT ADDRESS: 7950 Empire Parkway, Macedonia, OH  44056
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Talk & Tours: Cleveland – Setting the World in Motion

Join us at 2:00pm every Wednesday and Saturday from June through August at the Cleveland History Center to enjoy highlights from some our favorite Cleveland stories followed by a short gallery tour to learn more about some of the real-life artifacts that inspired these programs!

FREE with museum admission; Members FREE.

 

THIS TALK& TOUR: Cleveland – Setting the World in Motion

Walk the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection and hear tales about the cars, the entrepreneurs who made them, and how they shaped Cleveland.

 

Interested in learning and hearing more about Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River or other fascinating pieces of Northeast history? Click here to book a Speaking of Cleveland program today

Talk & Tours: Cleveland – Setting the World in Motion

Join us at 2:00pm every Wednesday and Saturday from June through August at the Cleveland History Center to enjoy highlights from some our favorite Cleveland stories followed by a short gallery tour to learn more about some of the real-life artifacts that inspired these programs!

FREE with museum admission; Members FREE.

 

THIS TALK& TOUR: Cleveland – Setting the World in Motion

Walk the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection and hear tales about the cars, the entrepreneurs who made them, and how they shaped Cleveland.

 

Interested in learning and hearing more about Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River or other fascinating pieces of Northeast history? Click here to book a Speaking of Cleveland program today

Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Join us for Crawford, Coffee & Cars at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 8:00am to 11:00am

Experience the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection like never before

    • Enjoy coffee and pastries
    • Admission includes access to the exhibits in Cleveland History Center, including the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
    • Parking included with ticket price
    • $5 for WRHS Members, $10 for Non-Members

Proceeds from this event benefit the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

 

Questions? Contact Whitney Stalnaker at 216-721-5722 x1307 or wstalnaker@wrhs.org.

EVENT ADDRESS: 10825 East Blvd| Cleveland OH 44106
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Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Join us for Crawford, Coffee & Cars at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 8:00am to 11:00am

Experience the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection like never before

    • $5 for WRHS Members, $10 for Non-Members
    • Enjoy unlimited coffee and pastries
    • The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s restoration shop will be open. Attendees will get to see the shop and see the projects Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum volunteers are working on, including the restoration of a Baker Electric.
    • Admission includes access to the exhibits in Cleveland History Center, including the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, the historic Hanna and Hay-McKinney Mansions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
    • Parking included with ticket price

**PLEASE NOTE: If you plan on attending this event please expect road closures due to a 5k being held at the same time in University Circle. Click here to see course map.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

 

Questions? Contact Whitney Stalnaker at 216-721-5722 x1307 or wstalnaker@wrhs.org.

EVENT ADDRESS: 10825 East Blvd| Cleveland OH 44106
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Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Join us for Crawford, Coffee & Cars at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 8:00am to 11:00am

Experience the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection like never before

  • Enjoy unlimited coffee and pastries.
  • $5 for WRHS Members, $10 for Non-Members
  • Admission includes access to the exhibits in Cleveland History Center, including the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, the historic Hanna and Hay-McKinney Mansions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
  • Parking included with ticket price

 

Proceeds from this event benefit the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

 

Questions? Contact Whitney Stalnaker at 216-721-5722 x1307 or wstalnaker@wrhs.org.

EVENT ADDRESS: 10825 East Blvd| Cleveland OH 44106
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Behind The Wheel: The Music of RADwood

This month’s Behind The Wheel event at the Crawford Auto-Aviation is the final chance to get your RADwood fix! In this final installation of the RADwood programming you’ll experience the history of the music that set the tone of the 80s and 90s. We’ll be joined by one of our friends from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, curator Amanda Pecsenye.

Admission to program is FREE with paid admission to the Cleveland History Center.

Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Join us for Crawford, Coffee & Cars at Hale Farm & Village in Bath Ohio.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8:30am to 11:00am
Experience the beauty of Hale Farm & Village in the fall, and join us for the final Crawford, Coffee & Cars of the season.

Bring your favorite prized vehicle and enjoy a cup of coffee on us as we share a morning of all things cars and coffee.

RSVP today!

Admission: FREE |  RSVP below

NOTE FOR ATTENDEES: For the safety of our guests and their vehicles, we ask that cars must remain parked/stationary at all times. This includes no display mode for electric vehicles. 

Questions about the event? Contact Marketing Manager, Katie Kukwa, at kakukwa@wrhs.org

EVENT ADDRESS FOR GPS: 2686 Oak Hill Road | Peninsula OH 44264

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need a car to attend this event.

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The Crawford is on the road this summer. Check out the 2018 CAAM Calendar

 

 

Crawford, Coffee & Cars

Driving Season Starts Here!

Join us for the inaugural Crawford, Coffee & Cars at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

 Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 8:30 am to 11:00 am

Enjoy a morning sharing stories with other connoisseurs, showing off your prized vehicle, and experiencing pieces of the Crawford Collection like never before. Get an up close look at some of our most prized autos, and kick off the driving season with us.

RSVP today!

RSVP below or to Margaret Gorbett at mgorbett@wrhs.org
216-721-5722 ext 1404

#CAAM | #CrawfordCoffeeCars

 

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The Crawford is on the road this summer. Check out the 2018 CAAM Calendar