Born July 30, 1863 in Greenfield Township, Michigan, Henry Ford became an Engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company. Encouraged by Thomas Edison to pursue his automobile manufacturing experiments, culminating in the 1896 self-propelled Ford Quadricycle, Ford created the Detroit Automobile Company on August 5, 1899, that failed and folded in January of 1901. Ford then opened the Henry Ford Company on November 30, 1901, but left in 1902, and the company was renamed the Cadillac Automobile Company. The current Ford Motor Company began operations on June 16, 1903, and the invention of the Model T automobile, on October 1, 1908 was instrumental in making Detroit the Motor City.
Henry Ford Museum:
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, a National Historic Landmark, and the largest indoor-outdoor history museum complex in the United States, contains much more than just the Ford Company’s heritage.
Based on Ford’s desire to preserve the historical significance of Americana and portray the Industrial Revolution, the Henry Ford Museum features John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, the chair Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in at Ford’s Theater, the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop, the Rosa Parks bus, the Greenwich Village, the Edison Institute, and much more.
Originally containing the Henry Ford Museum, the Greenfield Village Experimental Learning Schools, and Greenfield Village, and attended by some of the most famous people of the time including George Eastman, Will Rodgers, Orville Wright, Marie Currie, and John D. Rockefeller, the Edison Institute was dedicated October 21, 1929 by President Herbert Hoover on the incandescent lightbulb’s fiftieth anniversary.
The entrance to the 240-acre Greenfield Village brings visitors past the Benson Ford Research Center, and the Josephine Ford Memorial Fountain, where horse-drawn omnibuses, Model Ts, a 1931 Model AA bus, and steam locomotives including the Mason Bogie, the Edison, and the Baldwin 4-4-0, some of the oldest operating locomotives in the Country, whisk them around a collection of more than one hundred historical buildings ranging from the 1600s to the present.
Some of the most popular buildings in Greenfield Village are the Henry Ford birthplace, William Holmes McGuffy’s birthplace, the Author of the McGuffey Reader textbooks, Luther Burbanks botanical office, Harvey Firestone’s farm, Ford’s Quadricycle Garage, the Wright Brothers home and bicycle shop, Noah Webster’s home, and Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory.
Famous artifacts housed in the Henry Ford Museum include the Cobb’s Engine House Newcomen engine, Bill Elliott’s race car that set the world speed record, the Igor Sikorsky helicopter prototype, the Fakkar Trimotor Airplane that made the first flight over the North Pole, Rosa Park’s Montgomery bus, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House prototype, 17th and 18th Century violins, an 1896 ten-person bicycle, George Washington’s bed, the 1961 SS-100-X Lincoln Continental John F. Kennedy was riding in when Lee Harvey Oswald shot him, a Ford Nucleon automobile model, an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, and many more.
Among the many activities that occur at the Henry Ford Museum are the 1890-1933 Old Car Festival, 1867-rules baseball games, Civil War reenactments, the Fourth of July Salute To America, the Ragtime Street Fair, the Motor Muster Cars From 1934 to 1977 Show, a children’s Daytime Discovery Summer Camp, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour to the Dearborn Truck Plant and the River Rouge Plant.
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124-4088
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