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Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Jens Jensen Drawings Series

Jens Jensen (1860–1951) was a Danish-born landscape architect who did a large amount of design work for the Ford family and Ford Motor Company. This More

Easter Egg photo comp

Easter Egg Free Printable

In just a few days Easter will be here – are you ready? To help get you and your family ready for the celebration, designer More


A Peek “Behind the Scenes” at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford, like other older, long-established museums, can only display a very small percentage of its artifacts at any given time. The remainder is More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Tattooing Artifacts

Those of us who work at The Henry Ford often remark that our collections are so vast that we surely must have something relevant to More

The 1959 Toyopet, Toyota's underpowered and unsuccessful first attempt to break into the US car market, at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum.

Report from the 2014 NAAM Conference

Spring means many things to many people: an end to cabin fever, swapping the snow blower for the lawn mower, or getting the car out More

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

Mustang Tour Update: April 2014

Our Mustangs are back out on the road this month as the THF OnWheels Tour continues into the spring. This time our Mustang Serial Number More

Clothespins from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Keeping a Grip on Spring Cleaning

Longer days make us think of spring. And spring makes us think of…laundry. Laundry? (Well, along with things like trees leafing out in a delicate More

Easter Photo from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Easter Memorabilia

The collections of The Henry Ford include many artifacts related to famous innovators and revolutionary inventions, but we also include humbler artifacts that tell the More

Goldenrod Racer at The Henry Ford

Goldenrod: Cheating the Wind, Setting a Record

Can a car built in a vegetable stand be a national treasure? It can if it is packed with ingenious engineering ideas, set a world More

Paper lanterns from the collections of The Henry Ford

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Political Lanterns

In the 1860s and 1870s, supporters of certain political figures used pleated paper lanterns, lit with candles, during rallies and parades to demonstrate their enthusiasm More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Battle of the Overpass Photos

In May 1937, an event took place that would become a touchpoint and rallying cry in the history of labor organization: the Battle of the More

The Henry Ford

The Dymaxion House: The Same and Improved

In early February, the Conservation Deptartment did its yearly inspection of the Dymaxion House with the assistance of Historic Operating Machinery Specialist Tim Brewer. As More

World War II Poster, "Free a Man to Fight," 1943

Women in War Posters

World War II Poster, “Free a Man to Fight,” 1943. Made by the artist Leslie Darrell Ragan (1897-1972) and published by the Brett Lithographing Co. More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Mustang Design Drawings

This year marks the 50th anniversary of an American automotive icon: the Ford Mustang. The Henry Ford counts among its collections three notable Mustangs: the More

William Clay Ford poses with his 1956 Continental Mark II. (P.O.19965)

William Clay Ford and the Continental Mark II

William Clay Ford, who passed away on March 9, 2014, is remembered for his generous philanthropy, his dedication to the city of Detroit, and his More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Carousel Animals

The April 15 opening date of Greenfield Village is growing ever closer, and while you will have to wait just a bit longer to walk More

William Clay Ford in the 999 Racer on the Ford Test Track, April, 1953 (Object ID: P.833.101747.8).

Remembering William Clay Ford Sr.

William Clay Ford, grandson of Henry Ford, was the longest standing Chairman of the Board of The Henry Ford. He held the position for 38 More

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle “Orange Crush,” winner of the 2014 Past Forward Award.

Detroit Autorama 2014 and the Past Forward Award

Last year I was invited to serve as a guest judge for the CASI Cup at the Detroit Autorama, the signature hot rod and custom More


The Dearborn Inn Expansion

Edsel Ford commissioned Charles Hart, a New York-based architect affiliated with the Treadway Service Company to reproduce a group of late 18th- and early 19th-century More


Mustang Wallpapers

If you’re a Mustang lover, our latest collection of wallpapers is for you! Head over to our Downloads page to find the size you’re looking More

Zenith's 1938 Isamu Noguchi-designed Radio Nurse (pictured right). The terse design credit on the unit reads "Designed by Noguchi" — a confident move for a sculptor whose name was little known outside of the art world. (Object ID.2004.10.1)

Noguchi Radio Nurse

In March of 1938 Zenith Radio Corporation introduced a remarkable product—an elegant listening device, priced at $19.95, designed to allow parents to monitor their children More


“The Call of The Wild” at The Henry Ford

“The Saturday Evening Post,” June 20, 1903, featuring the first installment of “The Call of the Wild” (Object ID: 2014.0.5.1). In 1903, Jack London was More


Edsel Ford, the Treadway Company and the Founding of the Dearborn Inn

Edsel Ford and Henry Ford II at the National Air Tour, Ford Airport, Dearborn, 1928. Sponsored in part by Ford, the National Air Tour brought More


Curator’s Choice: Irish Glass

Glittering, prismatic cut glass chandeliers were the most impressive pieces produced by Irish glass houses. This chandelier was made about 1795. (THF99901) Imagine being invited More

Lillian Gish magazine

Going Hollywood: Movie Fan Magazines

“Motion Picture Magazine” for September, 1918, featuring Lillian Gish (Object ID: 97.38.45)From the beginning of the movie business, American wanted to know about the movies More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: More Patent Medicines

In 1906, the U.S. Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, opening a path to government regulation of unsafe ingredients in ingestible consumer products. More

McKinley Thompson and the Warrior, circa 1970s. (Photograph courtesy of Terry Keefe.)

The Warrior

The First African American Auto Designer and His Car for the Third WorldMcKinley Thompson Jr., an African American industrial designer, was born and raised in More

Portrait of Inventor Elijah McCoy, circa 1890 (Object ID: P.188.4882)

Touring African-American Innovation

Have you checked out the African American innovator tours in the Henry Ford Museum yet? All during Black History Month The Henry Ford has been More


A Winter Harvest

Ice harvesters guide rafts of cut ice through a channel, probably on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, circa 1905 (THF110292)It’s been a cold winter at The More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Hats

The collections of The Henry Ford contain hundreds of hats and headgear, most of which are not on public display. We’ve just added a number More


Hail to the Chief: Henry Ford’s Activities with POTUS

Our collections include Presidential artifacts and memorabilia, from George Washington to Barack Obama, but Henry Ford actually met several Presidents of the United States himself. More

At less than one inch in diameter, this pin was meant as a private token of affection (THF154746).

The Eyes Have It

Love Tokens in the Late 18th and Early 19th CenturiesAs we celebrate Valentine’s Day, many of us eagerly anticipate tokens of affection from our loved More

Ford Mustang I Experimental Sports Car at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: More Dave Friedman Photos

The Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford comprises hundreds of thousands of photographs, slides, negatives, documents, programs, and published material covering 60 years of More

Lalique Dragonfly Hood Ornament

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Hood Ornaments

Nearly as long as there have been automobiles, dealers and enthusiasts have been decorating them with hood ornaments. As you might suspect, the collections of More

As pictured in this February 21, 1964 "Life" magazine article, screaming fans followed the Beatles wherever they went. THF231546

The Beatles Conquer America

  Capitol Records released this album on January 20, 1964—just in time for the Beatles’ visit to America. THF31877Fifty years ago this month, Beatlemania hit More

Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe

Favorite Car-Related Love Songs

The Beach Boys “Little Deuce Coupe”, 1964. Was there a group better than The Beach Boys to write so longingly about the automobile? (Object ID: More


February Wallpapers

This month’s wallpaper focuses on a familiar element inside Henry Ford Museum – the Rosa Parks bus. Pick up a wallpaper for your computer or More

Valentines from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Free Valentine’s Day Card Printable

Need a Valentine for your sweetie? We’ve got you covered. Our designer Caitlin Stott once again turned to our collections for inspiration when it came More

William Clay Ford Sr.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: William Clay Ford, Sr., Photos

The collections of The Henry Ford contain not only much of the history of the Ford Motor Company and Henry and Clara Ford, but also More

Wedding Paper Dolls

Wedding Party Paper Dolls

When it comes to planning your wedding, what inspires you? Photos of family members’ special days? Perhaps a favorite magazine? What about vintage items? This More

The Kennedy car on display at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich. Monday, June 10, 2013. Gary Malerba for The Henry Ford

Looking Back: JFK Remembered at Henry Ford Museum

At the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death last year, The Henry Ford honored his legacy with the help of news legend Dan Rather, best-selling More

Piccard Stratosphere Flight

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Piccards’ Flight

On October 23, 1934, the husband-and-wife team of Jean and Jeannette Piccard navigated a balloon as high as 10.9 miles above the earth, starting from More

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, a Chevy supercar.

Thoughts from the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Andy Williams was off by a month. Auto industry insiders and enthusiasts know that January is the most wonderful time of the year, as it More

Auto Show Programs from The Henry Ford

Early Auto Shows and Their Programs

Auto shows conjure up images of spectacle, noisy and enthusiastic crowds, free giveaways, and a chance to dream about the car you’d love to have. More

FAB Soap Flakes

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Soap Packaging

In 2012, Dennis Fiems donated hundreds of laundry and other soap packaging items to The Henry Ford that been collected by his late wife, Susan More

Mustang Serial Number One

Mustang Is 50

The Henry Ford hits the road with two iconic American cars as part of its first national OnWheels Tour On April 17, 1964, something monumental More

Rachel MacDonald, librarian to Henry Ford.

Rachel MacDonald: Librarian to Henry Ford

Did you know Henry Ford had his own personal librarian? Rachel MacDonald joined Ford Motor Company in 1925 to catalog objects acquired by Henry Ford More

Bank from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Banks

The Henry Ford has a number of banks in its collections, ranging from piggy banks to commemorative banks to corporate promotional giveaway banks to mechanical More

Job seekers flocked to the Highland Park Plant upon news of Ford’s Five-Dollar Day, January 1914. (THF94858)

Ford’s Five-Dollar Day

On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford and his vice president James Couzens stunned the world when they revealed that Ford Motor Company would double its More


Our Digital Collections in 2013

With today’s technology, museums, libraries, and archives are able to make their collections more available to the public than ever before. The Henry Ford, like More

Bobby Unser

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Bobby Unser Photographs

Bobby Unser is one of auto racing’s major figures, counting among his victories three wins at the Indianapolis 500 and 13 wins at the Pikes More

Cadillac Advertisement

Happy Resolution For A Happy New Year

The celebration of the new year has not always been observed on the first of January. For early peoples, the first day of the year More

January 1954 Popular Mechanics magazine

Color TV is Here!

The centerpiece article in the January 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics introduced its readers to the technical world of color television. Its title, “Color TV More

Henry Ford with coworkers William Bartels and George Cato at the Edison Illuminating Company, Detroit, Michigan, 1893 (THF93069).

Henry Ford Added a Photo

Industrialist. Outdoorsman. Race car driver. Henry Ford did a lot, and we have photos to prove it – lots of photos. Here are 10 more More


Holiday Programming, Then and Now

Earlier this month I was sent this blog post from Target showcasing some of their holiday ads from the past 60 years. From Christmas tree-filled More

Postcard, 1920, 89.0.540.266 (THF39731).

Candlelit Christmas Trees

Lights have been a part of the Christmas tree tradition since at least the seventeenth century, when German families decorated evergreen boughs with wicks burning More

: Screen gates at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater (Photograph by author).

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Scrapping at the Screen

It’s cold at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre. The first shockingly dry-crisp days of autumn in the Midwest were overdue this year, trailing an already belated More

Thomas Edison with Home Projecting Kinetoscope, circa 1912, (Object ID P.188.9731).

Home Projector Wars

Edison vs. Pathé and the Rise of the Movie RentalJust a few years after cinema made its public debut in 1893, the marketing of home More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Records from The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford, dedicated in 1929 as The Edison Institute, has a long institutional history. Over the years, exhibits have come and gone, programs have More

Ford Tri-Motor Airplane in Flight over Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, Michigan, 1931, (P.833.56398.1).

A Remarkable Survival

A Scrapbook Documenting the Original Interiors of the Dearborn InnOne of the great attractions in Dearborn, inextricably linked with Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, More

Eames Kiosk

Welcome, Eames Kiosk

Earlier this year in June, The Henry Ford acquired an original kiosk designed by Charles and Ray Eames for use in the IBM Pavilion at More

Quilt Index

The Henry Ford’s Quilts and The Quilt Index

I have always had a love for history— though, as an Anthropology major focused in Classics, my interests were initially focused on more ancient times. More

Front entrance of Ford Motor Company’s Rotunda, decorated for the annual Christmas Fantasy, Dearborn, Michigan, about 1960. 2012.0.15.8

Christmas Fantasy at the Ford Rotunda

It lasted only nine years, from 1953 to 1961. Yet, many long-time Dearborn residents remember the Ford Rotunda’s Christmas Fantasy with nostalgia and a fierce More

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Nelson Mandela, Freedom Fighter

Reflecting upon Nelson Mandela’s death on December 5, journalist and former news anchor Dan Rather remarked, “Mandela’s legacy is on a line with those of More

The 1963 Sting Ray looked like it was going fast even when standing still, though this one, on the track at Riverside International Raceway, most certainly was going fast!

The Stingray Returns!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… er, dealership… Chevrolet’s iconic Corvette Stingray* is back. The seventh-generation Corvette just More

Puzzle Blocks

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Holiday Nights Toys

If you’ve ever been to Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, you know what a massive event it is, with performances, shopping, dining, bonfires, Santa and More

Shiny Brite Christmas Ornament

From Light Bulbs to Christmas Baubles

If you’ve visited Henry Ford Museum, you may know that Corning Glass Works’ patented ribbon machines manufactured incandescent bulb blanks faster than ever before. But More

Sock Doll

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Dolls

With the holiday season firmly upon us, many people’s thoughts are turning to presents, and what present is more classic than a doll? This week’s More


Happy Thanksgiving from The Henry Ford

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The Henry Ford. As a reminder, all venues are closed today. As you celebrate the holiday, enjoy More

Vagabonds China

Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Vagabonds China

Friends Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and John Burroughs went on camping trips together for a number of years, calling themselves the Vagabonds. Their More

Holiday Tag Collage

2013 Holiday Gift Tags

Once again this holiday season we’re pleased to offer a set of printable holiday gift tags inspired by the collections of The Henry Ford. You More

Uri Shulevitz illustration

A Rare Intersection of Holidays

This year’s holiday season is definitely special. The first day of Hanukkah (25 Kislev, 5774) overlaps with Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2013). Call it Chanksgiving; More

Six White Horses: An Illustrated Poem about John-John

Remembering President Kennedy

When tragic death strikes a president, memorials help us to understand and cope with such an unthinkable event. As an elementary schoolgirl, I vividly recall More

Thanksgiving Place Card from The Henry Ford

Thanksgiving Printable: Place Cards

As you make your Thanksgiving to-do list, don’t forget about setting out place cards for your guests! This holiday season we’re excited to bring you More


Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Silver and Pewter Pieces

The Henry Ford Museum has hundreds of pieces of silver and pewter on display. We’ve recently been making upgrades to the cases and labels in More

The Henry Ford's Collections

The Digital Collections of The Henry Ford: 20,000 Items and Growing

October 24, 2013, was a Thursday like any other Thursday in the offices of The Henry Ford—until 5:48 PM rolled around. At 5:48 PM precisely More