Thursday, February 3, 2011

Flint Michigan's Third Gem

If the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) is Flint Michigan's first gem and the Longway Planetarium is it's second gem, then the Sloan Museum is Flint's third gem. Most people in this area only visit these three gems as children, never to return once they leave elementary school. What a shame, they are missing so much.

Tonight we went to a members only preview of their latest exhibition, CSI...Crime Scene Insects. It was an interesting evening of interesting facts and ironically tasty tidbits catered by Fandangos.

After we had a nosh, we walked around the new exhibit looking at various insects and photos of decomposition. It was very interesting despite the subject matter.There was also a painting of Alfred P. Sloan and a little paragraph or two about his life. He was Chairman of the Board of GM from 1937 to 1956, the golden years of GM. Along with being Chairman of GM, he also set up the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Through his foundation he donated millions and set up the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Research Institute.
The Sloan Museum also has one of the greatest car collections available to the general public. It also has a large collection of photos showing the Flint area over the years. Some of the photos reminded me of places I hadn't thought about in years.

There were photos of long ago drive in restaurants, drive in movie theaters, and clothing stores. But most important...there was a lot of Buick related items. You just can't be from the Flint area and not love your Buicks.