Wheels of Change Exhibition
The Elliott Museum owns the most comprehensive assemblage of Model A trucks in the world.
To present this collection in an innovative and exciting new way,
this exhibit’s robotic, three-story stacking system will allow visitors to select one of these 55 vehicles for closer viewing and then watch as it moves from its storage slot onto a custom turntable. The vehicle’s journey to the turntable will be enhanced by a multimedia presentation.
The custom turntable will then rotate the vehicle for the visitor’s viewing experience. The fact that Sterling Elliott invented this turntable design adds to the experience. Inventor Elliott likely would have approved that his invention is being coupled with this unique robotic system, designed by Boomerang Systems; its use in the new Elliott Museum marks the first time in this country that such a system has been installed in a museum.
The video presented during the vehicle’s trip to the turntable will explain the news headlines, music, movies, fashions, sports, and other aspects of life during the decade this truck was in use. Other media presentations associated with this display include “Parking in America,” which incorporates images and information about where we have parked our vehicles over the past decades, beginning with backyard alleys in the early 1900s. This presentation will explain the computer-driven robotic parking system featured in this exhibit.
Collected over a lifetime, the Model A Ford trucks on display have been given to the Elliott Museum by an anonymous donor. Their presentation in the new Elliott Museum marks the first time they have been presented on public display. The vehicles range from one of United Parcel Service’s early delivery trucks to a pickup with folding windshield and removable top that allowed it to pass under citrus trees during harvest time in South Florida. : Alongside the trucks are other vehicles that helped put communities in motion – sporty cars, luxury, family and utilitarian vehicles.
Wheels of Change will entertain and enlighten every member of the family with vehicles that celebrate past decades in Stuart and across the nation. Visitors will learn how development of commercial and personal transportation had an impact on people’s lives and America’s culture in a dramatic fashion. The story has particular impact in Stuart, where the Dixie Highway was the first link between North and South.
As with all the exhibits in the new Elliott Museum, Wheels of Change is designed to appeal alike to family visitors, school groups, and history buffs.
For more information please contact Lisa Djahed,
Marketing Coordinator, 772-225-1961.