Birthday Celebrations at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn is geared up to celebrate what would have been Henry Ford himself’s 150th birthday this summer. Today, Lish Dorset of The Henry Ford fills us in on what’s happening.

Summer is always a busy time at The Henry Ford, from families enjoying a visit together at Greenfield Village to kids enjoying a mid-day, school’s-out-for-summer matinee at our IMAX Theatre. This summer is shaping up to be especially busy thanks to a packed schedule as we celebrate what would have been the 150th birthday of our institution’s founder, Henry Ford.

We’re celebrating Henry’s legacy all year at The Henry Ford, whose birthday is July 30. Starting in June and running through August, pay a visit to Miller School in Greenfield Village and step back in time to the days of Henry’s youth as he experiments with clock parts, machines and principles that challenged him.

You can also visit Henry’s T, a 15-minute dramatic play and hear how this ultimate maker was inspired to build his universal car. Follow up the play with a visit to Henry Ford Museum and learn how to build a Model T yourself.

Both Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are offering guided tours to guests with an emphasis on Henry’s work. Join our master presenters and learn more about his great body of work.

As one of the partners for this year’s celebration of Henry, we’re proud to be among such great Michigan organizations, like the Ford Motor Company, celebrating one of Michigan’s own. Follow the latest Henry Ford 150th news here.

Probably one of the best celebrations of Henry’s vision is Driving America. It’s been more than a year since our revamped automobile exhibit opened back up to the public and we couldn’t be prouder of it. Make sure to visit one of our interactive kiosks located within our Driving America timeline to access our online collections as well as games and fast facts.

It’s more than perfect timing that our fourth (can you believe it!) installment of Maker Faire Detroit happens just a few days before Henry’s birthday. Expect to see some of your favorite makers, like Lifesize Mousetrap and Eepy Bird (AKA “The Coke and Mentos) guys mixed in with new makers and tinkerers July 27-28. We’ll also be celebrating Henry’s birthday by showcasing a few of our own artifacts along with special programming.

While there’s a lot going on this summer, we’d love to hear from you. During your next visit, make sure to share one of your favorite Henry Ford quotes or innovations with us.

Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. She lives in Royal Oak with her husband and cat, Ronnie. When she’s not sharing some of her favorite artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford with fans on Facebook, she’s at home crafting. You can learn more about upcoming summer activities by checking out The Henry Ford’s blog.

From Our Community: 29 Must-Do Activities in Pure Michigan

In honor of Leap Day (February 29th), we asked fans on our Facebook page what they would include on a list of 29 must-do activities in Michigan.

In no particular order, here are 29 of our favorite suggestions. Thanks to everyone who responded!

 

  1. “Go to Frankenmuth and visit Bronner’s, swim in Lake Michigan” – Robin Lynn Humble
  2. “Visit the Tulip Time Festival in Holland in May.” – Karen Zuverink Heyboer
  3. “Ride across Lake Michigan from Ludington to Wisconsin on the Badger!! Visit House of Flavors in Ludington!” – Becky Davis
  4. “Kayak across Lake Huron to Turnip Rock!!” – Autumn Richards
  5. Traverse City, the bay, the wineries, cherry festival. Stay at the Cherry Tree Inn.” – Thomas Batzmarowsky
  6. “Sunrise side of the state! Visit the harbors in Lexington and Port Sanilac!” – Marianne Kern
  7. “Watch a U of M vs. MSU game, eat at Zingerman’s, and fall asleep on the lawn in the Diag. You can’t do that anywhere else in the world!!” – Lisa Robinson
  8. “Definitely….Tunnel of Trees just north of Petoskey! :)” – Donna Ryan-Shyrock
  9. “Make your own snowshoes at Ludington State Park.” – Kristi Kiki Dunigan
  10. “Visit Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Visit any of our wonderful lighthouses. See Pictured Rocks and Tequamanon Falls. Visit Hartwick Pines.” – Ric Booth
  11. “Climb Sugarloaf Mountain near Marquette on a clear day, and take panoramic photos.” – Lisa Guenther
  12. “Definitely Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!” – Ruth Snyder Wass
  13. “A short drive to Grosse Point Pier. Just beautiful on a sunny day!” – Brian Williams
  14. “Have a cinnamon roll at the Hilltop Restaurant in L’Anse! By the way, this “cinnamon roll” could feed a family of four…..hahaha” – Laurie Napp VanHorn
  15. “Driving on the M-22 Coast!” – Amy Kozlowski Murrin
  16. “Wade in every great lake. I have just one more to go! Lake Ontario!” – Amanda Marie Wilk Ames
  17. “4th of July fireworks show in Bay City. 50th anniversary this year…bigger and better show than ever before!” – Mike Metzler II ‎
  18. “Frankenmuth and of course attend a Wings game!” – Jill Stern
  19. Keweenaw Peninsula….breathe the cleanest, freshest air in Michigan.” – Christa Larson-Bazzi
  20. “Visit a Michigan winery — yum!” – Julie Dean Wingett
  21. “Go to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. A treat for all the senses.” – Felicity Gologram
  22. “Get your vote in at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids!” – Erin Barkel
  23. “Go to Charlevoix and listen to music in the park” – Noah Muszall
  24. “PLAY GOLF!!!!” – Jason Leonard
  25. “Attend the Woodward Dream Cruise.” – Nancy Perkins
  26. Tahquamenon Falls! Hike there, snow shoe, ski, snowmobile. Whatever your pleasure you can do it all here in Paradise Michigan!!!” – Laurie Winkler
  27. Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo!!” – Emily Ferenc Powell
  28. “Lake Michigan sunset.” – Tom Fischer
  29. “Go to Mackinac Island!!! My favorite place in the World!!!” – Susan Senn