James Ward Packard and his family were a part of the turn of the twentieth century and models of the advancements that were to come. They were inventors, leaders in business, and philanthropists. They brought inventions into being that we could not imagine life without today. They invested in their communities and helped them grow and thrive in a modern world. They even played a part in advancing opportunities for women in law enforcements. They represent a cross section of the change and advancement that came with the turn of the century and the Progressive Era.