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Spring Season in Greenfield Village
April 15 - June 13, 2014
Come Celebrate Spring in Greenfield Village
Experience “new beginnings” with fields to plant and plow, farmhouses to clean, sheep to shear and new baby animals to greet. All over Greenfield Village our 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century farm families bring the diverse aspects of America’s agricultural history to life. It’s a sure sign that winter is over at last. Spring Season in Greenfield Village is free to members and free with Greenfield Village admission.
   

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SPRING DRAMATIC PROGRAMS

Sing-along with Stephen Foster
Sounds of America Gallery
Meet Stephen Foster and hear some of his original songs, plus pick up a song booklet and sing along with other early American favorites!
April 15 - June 7
12-1:15pm & 2-3pm (Sat-Sun only)

"C" is for Citizenship
Miss Nardin or Mr. Chapman will help you brush up on your 19th-century civics lessons in a one-room schoolhouse in this engaging and informative 20-minute interactive program. A lively lesson plan focuses on citizenship as “students” have fun with true and false questions, spelling, and even some tongue twisters.
May 5 – June 6
11am, 12pm, 1pm & 1:45pm (Mon-Fri only)
(Scotch Settlement School)
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Edison's Light Fantastic
Meet Thomas Edison in this 15-minute play and hear about one of his most "electrifying" inventions! This one-man show gives a glimpse into the inspiring life, work, and mind of Thomas Edison. Edison speaks to a group of reporters visiting his complex on the day after his first public demonstration of the world’s first practical incandescent light bulb on Dec. 31, 1879.
May 5 - June 13
11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm (Mon-Sat only)
(Menlo Park yard)
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Elijah: The Real McCoy
Learn about fascinating inventor Elijah McCoy in this 15-minute dramatization. His most important inventions were the automatic lubricating cup in 1872 that revolutionized the industrial machine industry and the graphite lubricator in 1915. Your imagination will travel through eight decades as you discover why his life and work remain an inspiration to this day, and how one of his 57 patents got trains into the station ahead of time!
May 5 - June 6
10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm & 1:30pm (Mon-Fri only)
(Town Hall)
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Henry’s T
Come meet Henry Ford in this interactive 10-minute play and hear how he was inspired to build the world's universal car, the Model T. Find out why the Model T was so revolutionary and how Henry Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work allowed him to put the world on wheels.
May 5 - June 13
1:00pm (Mon & Fri)
10:30am, 11:15am, 12:00pm & 1:00pm (Tue, Wed & Thu)
(Near Ford Motor Company)

Home from Kitty Hawk
Experience the thrill of the Wright brothers’ first flight as they take you back to that amazing and inspiring day in this 20-minute play. Fly back in time with Orville, Wilbur, and their sister Katharine as they take you on a dramatic journey through their experiments, struggles, and joys. The audience joins them and their sister, Katharine, on December 23, 1903 just after the brothers return home from Kitty Hawk. They recount their amazing and inspiring first flights that made history on December 17 of that year and forever changed the world.
May 5 - June 13
10:45am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
(Wright Home)
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Laura’s Little Town
Meet young Laura Ingalls before she became a teacher in this engaging 15-minute show celebrating Little Town on the Prairie. Hear some of Laura’s favorite stories about her family’s time in DeSmet, South Dakota including the return of Nellie Oleson and the first time she met Almanzo Wilder.
May 5 - June 13
11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm & 2pm
(Near Scotch Settlement School)

Tales from Huck Finn
Meet Huckleberry Finn, one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and hear a few of his memorable adventures (and even how Samuel Clemens chose his pseudonym Mark Twain!).  Favorite scenes and escapades from 1885’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and 1876’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer come alive in this high-energy 15-minute show.
May 5 - June 13
10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm & 1:30pm (Mon-Fri only)
(Near Scotch Settlement School)
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Tally’s Tales
Share the inspirational music and stories of slavery and endurance in this interactive 15-minute dramatic presentation.  Tally was a cook on the 700-acre Susquehanna Plantation in St. Mary’s Country, Maryland and she certainly used many of the innovative survival tactics described in this play.  The reenactment of a "Buh Rabbit" tale told in verse is always a hit with schoolchildren and families!
May 5 - June 6
11:15am, 12pm, 12:45pm & 1:30pm (Mon-Fri only)
(Susquehanna Plantation)
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Votes for All
Meet inspirational suffragists and experience the struggles they encountered to earn the right to vote in this lively 20-minute “rally.” Suffrage anthems, student participation, and powerful words from women including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are all part of this rousing presentation.
May 5 - June 6
11:15am, 12pm, 12:45pm & 1:30pm (Mon-Fri only)
(Martha-Mary Chapel)
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SPRING HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES & DEMONSTRATIONS
Hands-on activities and demonstrations are from May 7 - June 15, 2012.

Hanks Silk Mill Demonstration
9:30am -12pm

Gunsolly Carding Mill Demonstration
12:05pm-3pm

Loranger Gristmill Presentation
3:05pm-5pm

Candlestick Making
At Armington & Sims Machine Shop, adults and children 6 and older can operate a 1917 lathe to make a brass candleholder to take home. $5.

Glass Shop
Hands-on 30-minute workshops. Create your own glass flower. $35 includes instructions, production and shipping. (Must be 14 years or older.)

Roundhouse Turntable Demonstration
10:50am, 1:45pm and 3:50pm, weather permitting

Candle Workshop
At McGuffey Birthplace, make two hand-dipped beeswax and soybean wax candles. $4.
10am-2pm (Mon-Fri only)


pricing
All activities are free with Village admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up, $22
ADULTS age 13-61, $24
YOUTH age 5-12, $17.50
CHILDREN 4 & under are free.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

what to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres-- comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. A large portion of activities are held outdoors, rain or shine. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures.

Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. Electric scooters are also available for a fee, but only in limited supply. Wheelchairs and scooters are rented on a first come, first served basis-- plan to arrive early if you need to rent them. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Children's wagons are also available to rent for a fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon, however, recreational scooters, bicycles or in-line / in-sole skates are not allowed inside the Village gates.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

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Tickets to Greenfield Village are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm) 313-982-6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call.

directions/maps
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report