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June 28th, 2019

The Past Comes Alive at The Henry Ford

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The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

This summer, my family and I plan to take a road trip to one of our premiere museums – The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan.

The Henry Ford has been beloved by families for more than 80 years. In fact, it draws more than 1.87 million visitors each year. It was first opened in 1929 as a school. Today though, you’ll find it showcases America’s dreams, resourcefulness and desire for innovation. You’ll enjoy attractions that show how America has become the creative nation it is. You’ll also see items from the past, such as the Rosa Parks bus, that reminds us just how far we have come and sometimes, just how far we need to go.

I’m a firm believer that it’s important to teach our children the history of our country. Certainly, it’s not all pretty at times, but it’s important that our children know the importance of our nation’s history. Perhaps, one of the best ways to really teach and inspire our children is by letting them see, feel, hear and touch it – The Henry Ford makes it possible for our children to literally see history come alive.

The Henry Ford offers five unique areas of attractions, signature programming, outstanding events and even an on-site charter high school.

The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation holds some of the most significant objects and documents that further represent that can-do spirit including Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory, The Wright Brothers’ Home & Bicycle Shop, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, one of Steve Jobs’ and Steve Wozniak’s 1976 Apple-1 computers and Henry Ford’s Quadricycle.

Along with innovative items that inspire and continue to fuel our imaginations, The Henry Ford also allows us to see the presidential limousine that John F. Kennedy was assassinated in, the camp bed George Washington used, the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting the night he was shot and so much more.

Outside the museum is the Greenfield Village. Here you’ll see 83 historic structures, four living history farms and even the opportunity to take a ride on an authentic Model T. Enjoy nationally-renowned artists creating one-of-kind 19th- and 20th century pieces in pottery, tin and glass.

Another popular tour is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. It’s a joint partnership between The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company.

Beyond the exhibits and attractions, The Henry Ford offers a variety of special programming throughout the year.

For more information, please visit thehenryford.org

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI
48124-5029
313-982-6001

2019 SPECIAL EVENTS
All events subject to change. Please check thehenryford.org
for further event information and updates before you travel.

YEAR-ROUND

PNC Tinkering for Tots Preschool Programê Second Monday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon Museum November-April Village May-October

Make Something: Saturdaysê Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum September-May Presented by Macy’s

Throwback Thursday Nights* Giant Screen Experience Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. thf.org/tbt

Member Movie Series* Giant Screen Experience Select Saturdays, 4 p.m.

SPECIAL DATES ONLY

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Public Opening May 11-September 2

Historic Base Ball Games
Village June 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23; July 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28; August 3-4 and 17-18
Historic Base Ball in Greenfield Village is made possible through the generous support of Cynthia and Edsel B. Ford II

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Happy Hour* Museum June 20, July 18 and August 15 (5-8:30 p.m.)

Summer Camps*
The Henry Ford June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2 and August 5-9

Artist in Residence
Village Shelley Muzylowski Allen | July 9-13

Maker Faire® Detroit* Museum July 27-28 (Open Saturday and Sunday ’til 6 p.m.)

In collaboration with Maker Media World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®
Village August 10-11
Historic Base Ball in Greenfield Village is made possible through the generous support of Cynthia and Edsel B. Ford II

Artist in Residence
Village Dean Allison August 13-17

Member Appreciation Days
The Henry Ford August 23-25

69th Annual Old Car Festival
Village September 7-8 (Open Saturday ’til 9 p.m.)

Fall Flavor Weekends
Village September 28-29 and October 5-6

Farmers Markets September 28 and October 5

Manufacturing Day Ford Rouge Factory Tour October 4

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village* Village October 11-13, 17-20 and 24-27 Presented by Meijer

Hallowe’en Fairy-Tale Feast* October 11-13, 17-20 and 24-27

Eagle Tavern Harvest Supper October 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks
Museum Member Preview October 11
Public Opening October 12, 2019-January 5, 2020

HOLIDAY

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks
Museum Running through January 5, 2020

Henry Ford: $5 Day
The Henry Ford November 2
Made possible by the Ford Foundation

Sensory-Friendly Saturday
Museum November 23

Member Appreciation Days
The Henry Ford November 23-25

Members Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony* Museum November 25

Visits with Santa
Museum November 29-December 24

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village* Village December 5-8, 12-15, 17-23 and 26-28

Holiday Nights Dinner* December 5-8, 12-15, 17-23 and 26-28

Holiday Nights Happy Hour* December 5-8, 12-15, 17-23 and 26-28

Holiday Nights Supper with Santa* December 5-8, 12-15, 17-23 and 26-28

* Additional fee and/or advance reservations required.


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