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Transportation Museum launches new web series ‘Shifting History’

Jun 26, 2020
Photo by: Sophie D. Gabrion

Owls Head — After a year-long production effort, the Owls Head Transportation Museum is thrilled to announce the release of their first-ever web series, “Shifting History,” set to premiere June 30.

Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, this nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial's quest to care about America's most influential car — the Model T.

With a film production degree from Emerson College, Goodwin has accelerated the museum's video archive since his hiring in 2014, prioritizing projects that expand access to the museum’s world-class collection of operational ground vehicles and aircraft.

During 19 production years, more than 15 million Model Ts were built, with retail prices as low as $300. But now, almost a century later, who cares?

Why would someone settle for basic components when Tesla uses a filtration system so powerful enough to produce “hospital grade” air quality? Who wants to worry about a flat tire at every pot hole when the latest Ford F-450 can haul 37,000 pounds?

At The Owls Head Transportation Museum, the staff started wondering: with that kind of state-of-art technology on the market, who would want a hand crank engine, a leaky radiator, and a seriously limited color palette?

Shifting History follows a cast of museum caricatures as they help Assistant Curator Tom through his journey across generations to look for the answers no one else is asking for anymore, on his ill-advised trip into the past, from the present.

Starting June 30, each of the series’ nine episodes will be digitally released Tuesdays at 2 p.m., with free access through the museum's YouTube channel. The museum will also deliver same-day YouTube live streams at 11:30 a.m. with a special guest each week to help get followers in the Model T mood.

To be first “in line” for this and other exciting video releases, subscribe to the museum’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/ohtmvideos. For more information about the museum, follow the museum on Facebook page and visit owlshead.org.

For more than 45 years, Owls Head Transportation Museum has been one of the premier vintage automotive and aviation museums in New England, offering education and entertainment that ignites America's passion for the science of transportation.

With nine exhibition halls and year-round family programs, the museum is dedicated to curating interactive learning experiences that illuminate the rich history of transportation's earliest pioneers and technologies for visitors of all ages.

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