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March 9, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Van Hoosen Museum
1005 Van Hoosen Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI

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Cabin Fever Series - Modeling the Mahogany Masterpieces

Friday, March 9

Greg Rice is a resident of Rochester, Michigan and has been scratch building model boats for 25 years. His models have won awards at shows from New York to Missouri and have been featured in numerous publications. Greg will be presenting the history of three unique mahogany powerboats designed by John L. Hacker between 1923 and 1939 and built in Michigan. John L. Hacker (1877-1961) was the dean of American high-speed boat designers. His designs range from small skiffs to large yachts. They included rumrunners, world record holding race boats, large yachts, and high-speed boats for the military. The company he founded, Hacker-Craft, produced boats known as "The Steinway of Runabouts." Frequently, Hacker was commissioned to design unique vessels by the rich and famous. Some of these became the most iconic, and valuable mahogany boats ever built; and many are still in existence today. The presentation will focus on three of these boats, Evangeline, Lockpat II and Thunderbird, which have been modeled by Greg. The models will be on display and Greg will discuss the fascinating history of the boats and their owners, as well as some of the challenges he faced in scratch building the models.

Free for Museum Members | Non-Members $5 Adults

Visit the Museum Programs page to pay non-member admission online.