Elwood Haynes 153rd Birthday Celebration: Celebrating the Life of the Inventor of America’s First Car

Elwood Haynes & America's First Car

The life and achievements of Elwood Haynes will be celebrated on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Elwood Haynes Museum in Kokomo.  Mr. Elwood Haynes was a resident of Kokomo for 35 years and left a legacy that is still tightly woven through our community today in both the automotive industry and through his work in metallurgy.  Haynes was the designer of America’s first commercially successful gasoline-powered horseless carriage in 1894 and was also the inventor of stainless steel in 1912, among many other notable achievements.  His invention of cobalt-based alloys (known as Stellite) is still manufactured in Kokomo today by Haynes International. 

Elwood Haynes Museum in Kokomo

The celebration of his 153rd Birthday will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Elwood Haynes Museum (also his former residence) at 1915 South Webster Street, located at the south end of Highland Park in Kokomo.  Join us for museum tours, historical slide show, new 2-D exhibit, and free cake and drinks.  Antique, classic, and custom cars, trucks & motorcycles are invited to participate in the car cruise-in during the celebration.  Curator’s Choice Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. 

In addition, there will be live entertainment and the Rev. Tom Hamilton will be the guest speaker.  The event is rain or shine, and admission is free.  For more information, call the Elwood Haynes Museum at 765-456-7500 or visit their website.

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