Of course, its not the Packard family going all the way back to Samuel, but is undoubtedly related, I’d say. The article in The Vindicator says that
The National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, will present a seminar titled “The Packards of Ohio: Pioneers of Transportation” at noon today.
Part of the museum’s educational seminar series, it is open to the public with a paid admission to the museum.
Thomas Packard was the first Packard in Ohio, settling in Austintown Township in 1801. As an elected supervisor of highways for the Youngstown District, he was responsible for improving old Indian paths and blazing trails through the wilderness. Thomas probably never imagined that his great-grandsons Will and Ward Packard would build a machine in Warren that would blaze a new path across the continent 100 years later.
The seminar will shed light on five generations of Packards, their triumphs and tragedies and their lasting impact on transportation.
After the seminar concludes, guests are encouraged to experience the museum’s 18th annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit, “The Motor,” which runs through May 20. For information, go to packardmuseum.org or call 330-394-1899.