Carriages—not cars—once ruled the road.
These forerunners of automobiles and trucks were absolutely essential to American life in the 1800s. Carriages came in an amazing assortment of sizes, shapes, and finishes, from the buckboard phaeton to the sidebar buggy to the booby hut.
Going Places explores the culture, evolution, and eventual demise of horse-drawn transportation from the early nineteenth century, through the industrial revolution, and into the 1900s and the dawn of the automobile age. Along the way, diverse artifacts—including a full-sized pony surrey, harness and tack, and assorted carriage accessories—speak volumes about our insatiable desire for travel, speed, and new technology.
Going Places also covers a broad range of questions: How were carriages sold and who could afford them? How did they function within America’s larger transportation network? What factors led to their eventual demise?
The answers are surprising, and frequent parallels to today’s car culture make Going Places a fascinating journey.
Going Places toured September 2007 through March 2013.
This exhibition has completed its tour and is no longer in circulation. This page is for archival reference only.
September 1–October 20, 2007
Fort Morgan Museum
Fort Morgan, CO booked
November 10, 2007–January 7, 2008
El Paso Museum of History
El Paso, TX booked
January 28–March 16, 2008
John E. Conner Museum
Kingsville, TX booked
April 6–May 25, 2008
Elmhurst History Museum
Elmhurst, IL booked
June 16–August 11, 2008
Barrington Area Historical Museum
Barrington, IL booked
September 1–October 20, 2008
Old Red Museum
Dallas, TX booked
November 10, 2008–March 16, 2009
Midland, TX booked
April 6–October 20, 2009
Heritage Museum and Gardens
Sandwich, MA booked
November 10, 2009–January 7, 2010
Museum of the Gulf Coast
Port Arthur, TX booked
January 28–March 16, 2010
Kansas City, MO booked
June 16–August 11, 2010
State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA booked
September 1–October 20, 2010
Dalhart, TX booked
November 10, 2010–January 7, 2011
Frankenmuth Historical Association
Frankenmuth, MI booked
January 28–March 16, 2011
Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
Crosbyton, TX booked
April 6–August 11, 2011
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Enid, OK booked
September 2–October 23, 2011
Dane G. Hansen Museum
Logan, KS booked
November 10, 201–January 7, 2012
Brigham City Museum
Brigham City, UT booked
January 28–March 16, 2012
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, WA booked
April 6–May 25, 2012
Park City Museum
Park City, UT booked
June 16–August 11, 2012
Tunica, MS booked
September 1–October 20, 2012
Main Street Beatrice
Beatrice, NE booked
Exhibition Details & Specifications
William Ayres, Director of Collections and Interpretation, The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages
Organized ByThe Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, Stony Brook, NY
37 panels (including text and graphic content) with exhibition framework; 5 surrey mural graphic panels;
43 small objects including horse tack, toys and models, firefighting artifacts, housewares, books, and livery goods;
1 full-size child’s pony surrey; 5 theme-related flipbooks; other educational materials; 1 video monitor.
The maximum out of pocket shipping expense is $1,000. Exhibitor will coordinate with the M-AAA registrar for all outgoing transportation arrangements.
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The exhibition is fully insured by M-AAA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.