The Mission of the Hackett Auto Museum is to tell the history of Jackson Michigan’s
industrial past through the automobile. We foster experiences, which connect
people with the history, heritage, and social impact of the automobile through
collecting, preserving, and interpreting its story.
Our Core Values
History: We share the passion of our founder with the intent to share his love of the
history, heritage, and passion of the automobile and to help people of all ages
understand the past and better appreciate the future.
Ethics: We act with honesty, integrity, and the high professional standards. We
embrace our role as stewards of the collection and honor our responsibility to
preserve and interpret the collection through a commitment to research and
Integrity: We demonstrate mutual respect with our volunteers, board members,
employees, and visitors. We value diverse backgrounds, experiences, styles,
approaches, and ideas and personally commit to the well being of our collection.
Environment: We believe in maintaining a unique, historical setting to enhance the
visitor experience, and the preservation of space to expand the future opportunities
and requirements of the museum.
Education: Education is a primary mission of the museum. Through the
development of programming and well-balanced interpretive exhibits, we are an
important resource for our community and the greater car collector hobby.
Community: The museum embraces the local community by being a responsible
neighbor and encourages collaboration and partnerships.
The Hackett Motor Car Company produced the Hackett automobile from 1916 to 1919. Englishman Mansell Hackett had earlier founded the Disco Starter Co. in Detroit. He bought small, near defunct American automobile manufacturers, split them up adn sold the parts or refurbished them as a whole. Upon purchasing the ARGO Motor Company owned by Benjamin Briscoe, it was reorganized as the Hackett Motor Car Company.
The Hackett Auto Museum concept and groundwork was the passionate commitment of Ted O’Dell, a lifelong car buff and lover of the Ford Model T since childhood.
It was only after he located the Hackett Building, to house his small collection, that Ted discovered the vast automotive genealogical history of the building itself. Knowing the building was surely headed for demolition, Ted worked tirelessly to ensure the building, and it’s history, would be made available to future generations.
Home to the pre-automotive age Lewis Spring & Axle Company, the building went on to house the Standard Electric automobile, Briscoe, Argo and Hackett automobile companies. The New England mill-style brick and mortar building with its post and beam construction seemed like the perfect place to preserve, protect, promote and share Jackson’s rich automotive story.
The Hackett Auto Museum is a member of the National Association of Automobile Museums, American Alliance of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a funded affiliate of the U.S. Park Service.
From One $1 to $100,00 – We Appreciate Every Donation
The Hackett Auto Museum relies on a variety of sources of support. The long and
short of it is donations fuel our mission. Financial donations are what fuel our
exhibits, support our education programs and help to expand our collection. All of
these things together allow us to offer an exceptional visitor experience. An
experience that includes a historically significant building to America’s early
automotive industry, partner museums, pubic event space, vehicles and artifacts
important to Jackson history.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Ted O’Dell, Executive Director
615 Hupp Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Hackett Auto Museum relies solely on
the donations and contributions from private donors, museum members, grant
makers, and corporate and business level sponsors who value our mission.
Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity to showcase a company’s brand,
products and social responsibility through a broad based promotional package to
diverse and affluent demographic groups. Exposure is multidimensional; visitors,
events, publications, e-mail and the web.
Our audiences include:
- Car Collectors – Collectors form a very large enthusiast group that is well
educated and have a passion for supporting the Hackett Auto Museum.
- Residents and Tourists – The immediate Mid-Michigan market, comprised
of the counties surrounding the greater Jackson area, is home to over one
- Educational and Community – The Hackett offers public educational
programming for on site presentations. The Museum aims to be respected for
its fledgling after school program for high-school age students, and to
become a model for teaching hands-on automotive preservation to both
educate and motivate participants.
Make a Lasting Impact on the Future of History
The Hackett Auto Museum, in conjunction with the Horace & Mable Hackett
Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and we rely solely on the
generosity of donors and lenders who gift us vehicles, automotive artifacts, and
archive items, or provide funds toward our operations, education, and collection
Interested in Donating or Loaning Your Vehicle to the Museum?
To maintain the integrity of our collections, the Hackett Auto Museum executive
director will evaluate each offered item in union with our Collections Committee.
They meet to review all offers and will consider an object’s overall condition, rarity,
originality, authenticity, history, and provenance. They look to see if the offered
object helps to tell the automotive story through the eyes of the Jackson community,
and Michigan’s automotive history.
If you wish to loan us your vehicle or motorcycle for display in the Hackett Auto
Museum, interested in raising awareness of your company and its products and
services with these audiences as well as creating a meaningful relationship with the
Hackett Auto Museum, please email Ted O’Dell, Executive Director at