10 Fun Facts About The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation

On Oct. 1, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation marks its third season as part of the CBS Dream Team line-up. As we gear up for another year of Mo Rocca, dreaming big, unique stories from The Henry Ford’s Archive of American Innovation and the stories from innovators across the globe, here are a few facts you may not know about the show:

1. Filming for all The Henry Ford segments actually takes place over the course of three weeks. The film crew typically comes in for a week in July, September and December and can film anywhere between 7-8 episodes each week.

2. Do you want to see some TV magic being made? Then make sure you connect with The Henry Ford’s social media channels for updates on the next filming dates. Guests are welcome to watch the behind-the-scenes action, and you never know, you might even get to meet show host Mo Rocca.

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Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

3. The show gives guests both old and new the chance to see and learn more about the great items inside The Henry Ford’s collection. With 26 million artifacts, there’s sure to be one that even the most dedicated of Henry Ford fans, might say “hey, I didn’t know they had that!” This season, the show definitely does just that – highlighting some of our more familiar items like Henry Ford’s 1896 Quadricycle and our 1913 Herschel-Spillman carousel located in Greenfield Village to the unique items that may not be so recognizable, including the collection of Susana Allen Hunter quilts and telecommunications items from Charles Jenkins

4. Not only does The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation provide a closer look at The Henry Ford’s collection, but the show provides insight that labels aren’t big enough to display. Each segment includes an in-depth interview with our curators that are actually filmed twice – once with the producers and then again with show host Mo Rocca. Guests interested in diving even deeper into story topics can visit thehenryford.org for a look at related archive items, photos, videos, blog posts and more inside our episode guides.

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Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

5. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation has beat-out big names like Ellen and Oprah for Emmys! During its two years of award contention, the show has been nominated for six Daytime Emmys and has won two. In its first year, it took home the Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Series and in 2016 won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing Special Class.

6. Emmys aren’t the only awards the show has won. The show has received two Parents’ Choice Silver Recommendations, one Cynopsis Media Social Good Award for Integrated Campaign for a TV Series and five Telly Awards.

7. Show host Mo Rocca has been able to do some pretty cool things at The Henry Ford in the three seasons of filming. He’s helped shear our Merino Sheep at Firestone Farm, driven our 1922 Detroit Electric inside Henry Ford Museum, helped out our conservation textile department, and this season will ride inside Henry Ford’s first automobile – the 1896 Quadricycle.

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Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

8. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation has an awards program that educators can enter. The Teacher Innovator Awards recognizes America’s most innovative teachers.  This past year’s winners received an Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford including round-trip airfare, accommodations, behind-the-scenes tours with our curators and a special recognition ceremony.

9. The first season of the show is actually available on DVD! You can purchase The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on our website www.thehenryford.org or inside one of our campus retail stores.

Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

10. This isn’t the first time we’ve hosted our own TV show. In the 1950s Marion Corwell hosted “Windows to the Past,” a history-based program for children on Detroit Public Television. Throughout the years The Henry Ford has been the backdrop for live broadcasts, interviews and even dramatic television cameos.

For more information on The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation visit www.thehenryford.org. Interested in tuning in? Check your local listings here to find out when “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” is playing in your area.

Meet the Blogger:



Melissa Foster is the Media and Film Relations Manager at The Henry Ford. Melissa is front and center on the TV show filming action as a part of the show’s crew.

The Magical History Tour Has Arrived at Henry Ford Museum

If you missed it in 1964, here’s your second chance.

The Beatles changed pop culture and the world of music forever. Were you an original Beatlemaniac? Or are you simply inspired by their music today? Either way, you’ll have the chance to experience the creativity, love and curiosity of the Fab Four firsthand as The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition, presented by Meijer, makes its U.S. premiere at The Henry Ford. Don’t miss the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled, featuring instruments, clothing, rare original photos and many never-before-displayed artifacts!

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Follow the Beatles’ iconic story from the very beginning, through the throes of Beatlemania, to the years of experimentation and dissention, and finally to their far-reaching inspiration today. This amazing story is told from the perspective of the Beatles, and visitors will experience pivotal points in their lives through this exhibition.

Your experience to The Magical History Tour includes:

  • Instruments, equipment and other personal belongings, including the original Quarrymen drum kit.
  • Letters, memos and pivotal documentation of the Beatles’ career, including the official “break-up letter” typed by John to Paul’s lawyer and signed by John, George and Ringo.
  • Rare photographs from the Beatles’ touring years, including many that have never before been seen.
  • A vast collection of Beatles merchandise and memorabilia, including the album signed by John Lennon to his eventual killer hours before his death.
  • Variety named the Beatles the Icons of the 20th Century. Experience why in this immersive, educational and fun exhibit — only at The Henry Ford.

The Magical History Tour takes over Henry Ford Museum April 30 through Sept. 18, 2016. Admission for members of The Henry Ford is $5; nonmember admission (including a ticket to Henry Ford Museum) is $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20.75 for children ages 5-12.

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What is your favorite Beatles memory? Share with us by commenting below!

Lish Dorset

Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd., or any member of The Beatles or their representatives.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Exhibits Development Group, exhibition producer, manager, and distributor; and PMA Collective, co-producer and memorabilia collection owners. The culmination of the world-class talent brought to the table by each party ensures that this is an undertaking of the highest quality, from the memorabilia to design to production.

Here’s an Activity You Can’t Miss at the Henry Ford this Spring

Looking for something new to experience in metro Detroit? The Henry Ford has your answer! Read below as social media manager Lish Dorset explains the excitement around the new Giant Screen Experience in Dearborn and a couple special flicks you can’t miss this spring.

We’ve got a busy year ahead of us here at The Henry Ford! Kicking off 2016, we began work on the transformation of our cinematic offering inside Henry Ford Museum. At the beginning of April, our guests will enjoy a re-invented cinematic experience complete with new 4K digital state-of-the-art projection system, sound, screen and seating when The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience opens. As we like to say, prepare to be wowed.

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The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience will feature unique programs including a venue for the Cinetopia International Film Festival in June, a Thursday Night Flix series and feature films that further explore the people, places, themes and ideas that bring the American experience to life.

To kick-off the opening of the Giant Screen Experience, we’ll be showing MacGillivray Freeman Films’ National Parks Adventure 3D, an immersive film that takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-wordly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, the film is an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.

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The upgrades to the Giant Screen Experience were designed by D3D Cinema, who installed the new dual Christie 4K digital projection with MasterImage 3-D technology, the QSC audio system and new MDI premium silver screen for exceptional resolution and brightness. The system features the first museum-based ultra-high resolution 4K projection system in the greater Detroit area.

When the Giant Screen Experience opens, members of The Henry Ford will now have the added benefit of seeing traditional documentary films for free, including new films – National Parks Adventure and James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge 3D. Members will also receive discounts to any special pop-up programming, classic feature-length films and more moving forward.

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Tickets for the Giant Screen Experience are now available. For upcoming programming information, make sure to keep an eye on The Henry Ford website.

Lish Dorset is the social media manager at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.