Press Releases

Enjoy our latest press releases and announcements of new acquisitions and exhibits, upcoming events, and organizational improvements.

2021 Press Releases

November 16, 2021

The Henry Ford Acquires Multimedia Archive of Artist and Pioneer Lillian F. Schwartz

The Henry Ford is proud to announce today the acquisition of the Lillian F. Schwartz Collection. Comprised of over 5,000 2D and 3D items, the collection contains Schwartz’s artwork, personal papers, photographs, books and more, spanning from her childhood into her late career.

October 13, 2021

Annual Favorites Return to The Henry Ford this Holiday Season

Ice skating, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, festive pop-up exhibits, and fan-favorite dining experiences make their return this holiday season at The Henry Ford. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation are getting in the holiday spirit beginning November 22 inside the museum, and December 3, with the kick-off of Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, presented by Citizens.

September 29, 2021

Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories

How does an object get added to a museum’s collection? The Henry Ford’s latest limited-engagement exhibition, Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories answers just that, taking guests behind-the-scenes and showing how the museum continues to grow its vast collection of more than 26 million artifacts.

September 15, 2021

Tickets Going Fast for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer

Tickets for The Henry Ford’s one-of-a-kind Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, presented by Meijer, are going fast. Hosted over 16 nights Oct. 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., the 40-plus-year tradition features newly imagined storybook experiences, 1,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, ghostly performances, and the return of Fall Flavor Weekend-inspired programming. Due to popular demand, and limited capacity, guests are advised to purchase tickets in advance at thf.org as only a few evening slots remain available

August 25, 2021

The Henry Ford and its Invention Convention Worldwide Partners Honor 185 Inventors in First Ever Invention Convention Globals presented by Raytheon Technologies

On August 20, 2021, 185 students from participating Invention Convention Nationals programs in the United States, Mexico, Singapore, and China were honored during the first-ever Invention Convention Globals, presented by Raytheon Technologies.

August 3, 2021

Old Car Festival Powered by Hagerty, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer and More Return this Fall at The Henry Ford

Antique automobiles, 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, fall traditions and so much more, happen only at The Henry Ford. The fun continues this fall with the return of Old Car Festival, powered by Hagerty, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer, and the opening of a brand-new temporary exhibition inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Aug, 2, 2021

THF Conversations Hosts Back to School with Sesame Workshop: An Innovative Approach to Inclusion & Diversity Education, Aug. 12th, 2021

On August 12th at 5:30 pm, The Henry Ford will host Sesame Workshop’s Akimi Gibson, Vice President & Education Publisher, Sesame Learning and Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content for THF Conversations: Back to School with Sesame Workshop: An Innovative Approach to Inclusion & Diversity Education. Hosted over Zoom and in collaboration with The Henry Ford’s inHub, the virtual conversation focuses on Sesame Workshop’s research on effective and innovative ways to discuss race, identity, and being an “upstander” with the youngest learners. The discussion will be hosted by The Henry Ford’s Senior Manager of Learning Services and On-Site Programs Phil Grumm.

June 25, 2021

Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2021, Powered by The Henry Ford Honors More than 60 Student Inventors During Virtual Ceremony

On June 24, 2021, more than 60 students from across the nation were honored for their problem-solving inventions inspired by current global issues or difficulties found in their everyday lives, during the Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, powered by The Henry Ford. Raytheon Technologies has been a partner and presenting sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals since 2016. The sixth annual event marks the first time Raytheon Technologies has joined as the title sponsor. More than 400 award-winning K-12 inventors participated in this year’s virtual event hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent Albert Lawrence.

May 26, 2021

Summer Happens at The Henry Ford with Salute to America: Summer Stroll and the return of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to Greenfield Village June 30 – July 3

Music, fireworks and safe fun for the whole family will happen this summer at The Henry Ford. After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, The Henry Ford and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) are continuing their more than 25-year partnership in 2021 with a safe expression of the traditional Salute to America event. Salute to America: Summer Stroll will take place in Greenfield Village Wednesday June 30 thru Saturday, July 3 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Member tickets are officially on sale today, May 26, with non-member tickets on sale Wednesday, June 2.

May 24, 2021

THF Conversations Hosts Winning at Le Mans: Exploring the Ford GT’s 2016 return to the 24 hours of Le Mans’ Winner’s Circle 50 Years to the Day of Ford’s 1966 Victory June 15, at 6:30 pm

On June 15 at 6:30 pm, The Henry Ford will host Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook, Ford GT driver Joey Hand and Multimatic Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Raj Nair for THF Conversations, Winning at Le Mans: Exploring the Ford GT’s 2016 Return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ Winner’s Circle 50 Years to the Day of Ford’s 1966 Victory. Hosted over Zoom, the discussion will be moderated by The Henry Ford’s curator of transportation, Matt Anderson.

May 11, 2021

Invention Convention Michigan Sending 15 Student Inventors to Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Powered by The Henry Ford

On April 28, 2021, The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Michigan honored student inventors for their outstanding inventions and problem-solving solutions during a virtual awards ceremony. Based on this year’s entries, 15 student inventors from across the state will be participating in the Raytheon Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, powered by The Henry Ford, taking place virtually on June 24, 2021.

May 4, 2021

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Celebrates the Creative Vision of Jim Henson this summer in The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

The Henry Ford is excited to announce The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited opening inside the Gallery by General Motors in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), the traveling exhibition opens June 5, 2021 through Sept. 6, 2021 and is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition, on permanent view in New York City.

April 12, 2021

The Henry Ford Plans for Motor Muster to Return to Greenfield Village Father’s Day Weekend, June 19-20

This long-running auto enthusiast event is powered by Hagerty, an automotive enthusiast brand and the global leader in collector car membership products and programs.

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March 23, 2021

The Henry Ford and its Invention Convention Worldwide Partners Host First Ever Globals Competition

Comprised of selected finalists from participating Nationals programs in the United States, Mexico, Singapore and China, the judging will take place July 27-29, with an online awards ceremony slated for August 19, 2021.

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March 17, 2021

The Henry Ford Welcomes Raytheon Technologies as Title Sponsor of 6th Annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals

Raytheon Technologies has been a partner and presenting sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals since 2016. Held virtually, this year’s competition is anticipating more than 400 participants showcasing their inventions that solve problems they see in their every day lives and issues facing our world.

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March 10, 2021

The Henry Ford Acquires Ken Block’s “Gymkhana Five” Ford Fiesta Part of New Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors

The Henry Ford is proud to announce that it has acquired the 2012 Ford Fiesta ST HFHV driven by Block in his most popular video – “KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO” - to be a prominent part of its new Driven to Win: Racing in America, presented by General Motors exhibition that will open to the public on March 27

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March 2, 2021

The Henry Ford’s THF Conversations Will Feature Creative Powerhouse, Cultural Architect and Social Activist Eunique Jones Gibson, March 4 at 5:30 pm

Eunique Jones Gibson develops award-winning campaigns and products that ignite conversation, introspection, and social change. In 2013, after a successful career in online advertising, Gibson created the photo awareness campaign Because of Them, We Can® during Black History Month, launching her into the role of social activist.

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February 9, 2021

Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors to Open March 27th inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

This 24,000 square-foot exhibition provides visitors with an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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February 3, 2021

The Henry Ford Virtually Hosts THF Conversations with National Education Consultant and Author Zaretta Hammond Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm

The Henry Ford is proud to announce today that the institution will host Zaretta Hammond, national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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February 1, 2021

The Henry Ford Announces New Experiences and Exhibitions for 2021

New limited-engagement exhibits, a permanent exhibition, brand new experiences and familiar favorites are sure to have something for everyone across the cultural institution’s venues.

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January 26, 2021

The Henry Ford names Hagerty a Partner in Innovation

The recognition highlights Hagerty’s mission to save driving and expand car culture for future generations and its commitment to generating content and experiences for automotive enthusiasts around the world.

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January 5, 2021

The Henry Ford Receives Seal of Approval from Autism of Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)

The endorsement is given by AAoM to businesses and organizations in Michigan who demonstrate a conscious effort to accommodate and include individuals with autism in community activities that all families enjoy.

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2020 Press Releases

November 11, 2020

The Henry Ford Reaches Milestone with 100,000 Artifacts Digitized

Today, the organization is proud to announce that it has reached the important milestone of digitizing its 100,000th artifact, a photograph of the 100,000th Fordson Tractor.

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October 21, 2020

America’s Premier Holiday Celebration, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village presented by Citizens, Returns Dec. 4, 2020

Unlike anything of its kind, Holiday Nights allows guests to experience the holidays throughout history and explore the origins of Christmas as a national holiday.

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October 15, 2020

The Henry Ford Acquires Navya Autonom Shuttle Used by Mcity

The Henry Ford announced today the acquisition of a Navya Autonom Shuttle. Donated by Mcity, a public-private connected and automated vehicle research partnership led by the University of Michigan, the vehicle was used as part of the first driverless shuttle project in the United States focused on user behavior. The research project studied how passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers interacted with the autonomous vehicle. With the shuttle, The Henry Ford also receives the extensive data processed by market research firm J.D. Power regarding rider interaction, providing a window into the reactions, concerns and doubts from some of the very first passengers to experience this technology in a routine setting.

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September 30, 2020

Linda Apsey, President and CEO, ITC Holdings Corp. and Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, join The Henry Ford Board of Trustees

Linda Apsey, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. and Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services (WMES), have been elected to serve three-year terms as members of the Board of Trustees at The Henry Ford. Apsey and Walker-Miller join 23 other business and civic leaders from national and global organizations.

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September 9, 2020

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Reimagined Experience

Taking place over 15 nights, beginning Oct. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., this year’s event has been reimagined to ensure every guest’s visit is safe, responsible, and filled with spooky-fun.

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August 31, 2020

The Henry Ford Partners with Amesite Inc. to Create Intuitive Learning Environment through AI-Propelled Platform

This unprecedented partnership will deliver customized course materials and user experiences through a new virtual-learning platform powered by The Henry Ford, offering free and subscription-based resources to assist educators, students, and workforce in learning how to apply innovative thinking to their daily lives.

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July 29, 2020

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Returns to Seven-Day Operation Starting Aug. 3, 2020

Due to the popularity of its limited-engagement exhibition, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is returning to a seven-day operation. Beginning August 3, 2020, guests can visit the museum every day between the hours of 9:30 am – 5 pm.

July 23, 2020

The Henry Ford Announces Reactivate Support Campaign

To secure its future impact, the organization launched Reactivate The Henry Ford Fund to address the projected $10 million to $20 million budget deficit from its nearly 16-week closure.

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July 10, 2020

Student Inventors Take Home Top Honors at The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2020, Presented by Raytheon Technologies

The students were among nearly 500 award-winning K-12 inventors who were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent Alie Ward.

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June 22, 2020

The Henry Ford, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and WDIV partner for television event “Salute to America” on WDIV-Local 4

For the first time in its 28-year run, “Salute to America” concerts will not be held in Greenfield Village during the Fourth of July weekend.

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June 16, 2020

The Henry Ford Begins Multiphased Reopening July 2 with Member Preview

The institution’s multiphase approach begins July 2-5 with a special Member Preview Weekend for current and new members, before opening to daily visitors on July 9, 2020.

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May 28, 2020

The Henry Ford Launches Initiative to Collect America’s Stories of Innovation and Resourcefulness During Pandemic

The Henry Ford has launched a rapid response collecting initiative focusing on how Americans have responded to this continually changing crisis with resilience, creativity and innovative approaches.

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May 27, 2020

The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Participants Tackle Global Problems Through Online Competition

Innovation doesn’t stop during a pandemic, which is why The Henry Ford made the decision to move this year’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by Raytheon Technologies, to an online competition. This year, the competition is anticipating 500 participants showcasing their inventions that solve problems facing our world.

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April 3, 2020

The Henry Ford Announces Temporary Layoffs and Salary Cuts; Extends Closure Through May 31 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As the country continues to grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic The Henry Ford announced temporary staffing changes to help alleviate the long-term impact of the current economic downturn. The institution will remain closed through May 31.

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March 9, 2020

The Henry Ford Hosts Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Preview Party With Marvel Creators Chris Claremont and Ann Nocenti

On March 26, 2020, guests are invited to join The Henry Ford for the official preview party celebrating the Midwest premiere of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, the world’s first and most extensive exhibition covering the more than 80-year legacy and impact of the Marvel Universe.

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February 19, 2020

The Henry Ford and Plum Market Partner on Unique Plum Market Kitchen Experience Now Open Inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford and Plum Market have officially opened a joint dining experience with a unique location inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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February 5, 2020

The Henry Ford Acquires Michael Graves Product Design Archive

The Henry Ford and Michael Graves Design (MGD) announced today that the institution has acquired MGD’s extensive product design archive as part of its permanent collection.

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January 21, 2020

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Makes Midwest Premiere at The Henry Ford, March 2020

Making its Midwest debut, the exhibition features more than 300 original artifacts, including Marvel’s earliest comic book, iconic props and costumes from film favorites, rare, hand-drawn images of iconic heroes by the artists who first designed them and more.

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January 16, 2020

Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors to Open June 2020 inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

This 24,000 square-foot exhibition provides visitors an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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January 15, 2020

The Henry Ford Exceeds Expectations Attracting More Than 1.8 Million Visitors

This is the highest attendance for the institution since 2012, when the institution hosted the widely popular Titanic exhibit.

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2019 Press Releases

December 10, 2019

The Henry Ford Offers Free Field Trips to Every 4th and 5th Grader in Detroit Public Schools with $10 Million Grant from the Ford Foundation

The Henry Ford received a $10 million grant from The Ford Foundation to assist in making the 90-year-old institution more accessible to all regardless of backgrounds or barriers.

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November 12, 2019

Comprehensive Collection of Hallmark Ornaments Finds New Home at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford is now home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments ever assembled. This acquisition includes more than 6,600 ornaments dating from 1973-2009.

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November 8, 2019

This GivingTuesday Help The Henry Ford Bring a Historic Piece of Detroit to Greenfield Village

This GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019, The Henry Ford is asking for help with its next major building project in Greenfield Village.

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November 5, 2019

Mo Rocca brings his MOBITURARIES to The Henry Ford, December 9th, 2019

Mo Rocca, host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, will discuss his new book, MOBITUARIES: Great Lives Worth Reliving with guest moderator Ann Delisi, host of WDET’s Essential Music and Essential Conversations.

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October 15, 2019

The Henry Ford’s Innovate Curriculum Accelerates an Innovative Mindset Among Students

Innovate is a brand-new interdisciplinary online curriculum geared toward middle school students designed to accelerate a student’s innovative mindset and provide opportunities to identify and solve problems in their own school, community and world.

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September 24, 2019

Public Notice: Roof Replacement of The Henry Ford's Main Storage Building

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Edison Institute, doing business as The Henry Ford, a grant to partially replace the roof on the Ford Engineering Laboratory (FEL).

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September 24, 2019

Get Your Tickets Now for Michigan’s Most Popular Hallowe’en Adventure inside Greenfield Village

With more than 50 costumed characters, including storybook favorites from Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Sleepy Hollow and other classic tales, you never know what you’ll encounter along the enchanted path lit by over 1,000 hand carved jack-o’-lanterns during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer, Oct. 11-13, 17-20 and 24-27.

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September 17, 2019

The Henry Ford Acquires Premier Diner Collection from Leading Expert, Richard J.S. Gutman

The Henry Ford announces the acquisition of the largest collection of diner materials in the country, put together by the leading expert on the subject, Richard J.S. Gutman. Acquisition Positions The Henry Ford as Primary Source in Roadside Architecture and Design in U.S.

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August 20, 2019

Twenty Teachers Across U.S. Honored during Fifth Annual The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

The Henry Ford is proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. These awards recognize the educators from all over the country who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among their students.

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August 14, 2019

The Henry Ford Hosts A Literary Feast: An Evening of Frost & Food inside Greenfield Village, Sept. 25

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, join The Henry Ford for an intimate evening in Greenfield Village honoring the most celebrated American poet in history, Robert Frost.

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July 22, 2019

The Henry Ford Celebrates a Decade of Tinkerers, Entrepreneurs & Inventors at Maker Faire Detroit with Special Guest LeVar Burton, July 27-28

The Henry Ford Celebrates a Decade of Tinkerers, Entrepreneurs & Inventors at Maker Faire Detroit with Special Guest LeVar Burton, July 27-28

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May 20, 2019

Hundreds of Inventive Young Minds to Compete in Detroit - Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by United Technologies Corp. at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, May 30-31

Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by United Technologies Corp. at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

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April 24, 2019

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation May 11 – September 2, 2019

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation May 11 – September 2, 2019

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April 24, 2019

The Henry Ford’s Michigan Invention Convention Returns April 27 In Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford’s Michigan Invention Convention Returns April 27 In Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

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April 23, 2019

The Henry Ford Partners with Plum Market to open Unique Plum Market Kitchen Experience in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Winter 2019

The Henry Ford Partners with Plum Market to open Unique Plum Market Kitchen Experience in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Winter 2019.

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March 12, 2019

The Henry Ford Acquires General Motors’ First-Generation Self-Driving Test Vehicle

The Henry Ford Acquires General Motors’ First-Generation Self-Driving Test Vehicle.

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February 11, 2019

The Henry Ford Announces William Davidson Foundation Initiative for Entrepreneurship

The Henry Ford announced today the launch of the William Davidson Foundation Initiative for Entrepreneurship, made possible by a $1.5 million grant, that allows the institution to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with hands-on learning opportunities.

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February 11, 2019

Stradivarius violin once owned by Henry Ford will be played by DSO associate concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy at concerts this February

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and The Henry Ford have collaborated on a project to bring a rare, historic Stradivarius violin to the stage of one of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls.

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