Museum’s 1922 Model T Checkup

One of our favorite artifacts, the Museum’s 1922 Model T, just came back from it’s 98th year checkup at Village Ford! It was originally purchased by Arnold Thiel from Clyde Ford’s dealership, which is now Village Ford. After Arnold’s death, Malita Goebel, his sister, drove the car for the next thirty years. Of her time with the 1922 Model T, Malita remarked, “How we enjoyed that car!”

​Malita also enjoyed music and dancing, and spending time with her family. She played the piano often, and after one dance with Henry Ford, he complimented her on her skilled waltz. She also had a passion for history, serving as a teacher at Oxford School in Dearborn and as President of the Dearborn Historical Society for many years. She drove that car to school every day and her husband Jerome helped keep it in excellent condition. Jerome would also sometimes let neighborhood kids take turns sitting in the Model T. Malita was also found of entertaining neighborhood children by letting them sample some of her baked goods as they came fresh out of her wooden coal-burning stove.

​Malita was described by Ivadel Moore as having a “patient and sensitive spirit.” Today, Malita’s Model T is part of the Dearborn Historical Museum’s automobile collection. One day, her grand-nephew was set to be married and his fiancé requested the use of Malita’s Model T for their wedding car. The car has also been featured in almost every Dearborn Memorial Day Parade since it was donated to the Museum. A 1972 article in The Dearborn Historian speculated that Malita’s Model T would still be operational on its 100th anniversary in 2022. We kept this appointment to make sure that the car meets that commitment.

For more behind-the-scenes photos such as these, check out the Museum’s Instagram!


Vintage Clothing & Antique Sale Coming Soon

Join the DHM on August 21st and 22nd for our annual Vintage Clothing and Antique Sale! Doors will open at 9:00 AM both days, and masks will be required for entry and while shopping.

Reservation Information: The Museum has decided to eliminate the risk of lines forming by implementing a reservation system. From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on August 21st we will be assigning half hour time slots. We ask that those interested limit their group size to three or less. Reservations can be made beginning August 10th. The remainder of the sale will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We ask that everyone adhere to social-distancing rules of 6 ft, and the amount of people allowed inside the Museum during the sale will be limited. For any questions, please call the museum at (313) 565-3000.