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The collections of The Henry Ford document America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation.  When Henry Ford founded The Henry Ford in 1929, he wanted to "give us a sense of unity...through the generations, and to convey the inspiration of American genius to our youth."  Ford believed that contact with the everyday objects of life, as well as innovations and inspirational creations by American inventors were essential to accomplish that aim.  He amassed an unparalleled collection, including tens of thousands of ordinary objects, items associated with illustrious Americans, and inventions documenting technological advances.  Today this collection is considered the "finest assembled documenting the American experience."

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