What’s going on this (long) weekend: Feb. 18-20

Lincoln Chair

Just in time for Presidents Day – Monday is another Target Family Day at Henry Ford Museum.

What does that mean?

In addition to already special Celebrate Black History! programming and Monday’s cool Presidents Day-specific happenings - it means free admission to the museum Monday.

Take a minute to check out all that’s going on this weekend in Henry Ford Museum.

This video clip features a highlight of the “Minds on Freedom” program. Actor Tony Lucas gives a moving performance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech.

The weekend’s Celebrate Black History! program includes performances of “Minds on Freedom.” This 30-minute interactive musical and dramatic performance brings to life the story of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The show celebrates groups and individuals with the courage and commitment to ask for more from their nation. The audience participates to help answer questions about the Civil Rights Movement, build lyrics for songs and take part in a freedom march. The performers in this showcase program are Sandra Feva, Ernestine Worford and Tony Lucas.

Minds on Freedom performance

A performance of “Minds on Freedom” from the last Target Family Day – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“Minds on Freedom” performances are near the Weinermobile Café at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sundayand 10:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m. on Monday. (“Minds on Freedom” can also be seen at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-24.)

Also, continuing daily throughout the month is the African-American Innovator Tour. The tour departs from the Museum Cornerstone every day in February at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. This 30-minute excursion reflects upon technological and social innovation and the unique challenges that African Americans have faced.

On Monday only, Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater presents “American Short and Tall Tales” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wild Swan Theater at Henry Ford Museum

On Presidents Day, Wild Swan Theater will present “American Short and Tall Tales” near the Weinermobile Cafe in Henry Ford Museum.

This is fast-paced, humorous production of tales and music from our country’s early days. The stories and songs reflect the wit and wisdom of the diverse pioneers who settled America. Two actors, Sandy Ryder and Hilary Cohen, have their hands full as they portray a dizzying array of characters. They are ably assisted by talented musician David Mosher who plays everything from a guitar to a fiddle as he leads the audience in favorite sing-alongs from the days of the pioneers.

Also on Monday in the Museum Plaza, visitors can pick up a Presidents on Parade scavenger hunt and make a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln patriotic chenille figurine as a take-home craft.

The scavenger hunt includes stops at the presidential limousines, the With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit, Driving America (which shows Coolidge and Harding at leisure with Henry Ford and the Vagabonds), and the locomotive used to transport President Hoover and other dignitaries to Greenfield Village during Light’s Golden Jubilee in 1929.

Presidential Limo

1964 Presidential Lincoln Limousine at the South Portico of the White House, October 5, 1964.

Of course, a trip to Henry Ford Museum gives visitors a reason to experience the new Driving America exhibition and maybe enjoy a meal at one of our food-service stops (now including Lamy’s Diner!).

Free admission for Target Family Day is on Monday, Feb. 20. On Friday and Saturday, regular museum admission applies. Admission is free to members of The Henry Ford. The museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


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