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Billy Durant: Founder of General Motors

Monday, November 25
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Friends Auditorium


Please join us on Monday, November 25 at 7:00 pm as we welcome local Automotive History Writer/Presenter Russell Doré for a one-hour presentation with visuals on the life of Billy Durant, founder of General Motors.

William Crapo Durant was a true entrepreneur. He was not a builder of cars but rather a builder of companies; a dreamer who put several automobile companies together into what became the world’s largest corporation.

Find out the roles that David Buick, Ransom Olds, Walter Chrysler, Charles Nash, and Louis Chevrolet played in the development of General Motors.

Explore the life of this somewhat unknown icon of American industry. Learn about how this high school dropout became worth millions and yet died penniless. This presentation with visuals covers his successful life before entering the automobile industry, his creation of General Motors, his exit from the company and his attempts to begin again. The strengths and weaknesses of his personality, his family life, and his contributions to American industry are all discussed.

Registration is requested. Fill out the form below or call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727. Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

75 of 100 places available.
50 of 50 places available on the waitlist.

The registration is closed