Edsel Ford’s 1934 Ford Luxus is on display at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. The museum’s “Auto Wars: Then & Now” exhibit opens on June 29. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

‘Auto Wars’ exhibit opens

TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum is celebrating its new exhibit “Auto Wars: Then & Now” with a free public reception on Wednesday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m.

Part of the Acadia Centennial celebrations, the exhibit commemorates the historic debate a century ago about whether to allow cars on Mount Desert Island.

“Auto Wars” is presented in a choose-your-own-adventure style, with visitors electing to follow either the pro- or anti-auto factions to explore the impact that community decisions can have upon the cultural, economic and geographic landscape. The exhibit additionally goes beyond the walls of the museum through public programs and educational outreach. Visitors can offer their own voice to the discussion, contributing to the debate about transportation on MDI today.

There are a number of antique and classic cars in the exhibit have never been seen at the auto museum previously, such as the 1934 Ford Luxus, the very car owned and designed by Edsel Ford, Henry Ford’s son.

This and more than 50 other autos from the early 1900s illustrate the exhibit and will be open to explore at the exhibit celebration.

The mission of the Seal Cove Auto Museum is to tell the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 31. Call 244-9242, email [email protected] or visit www.sealcoveautomuseum.org.

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