Press Releases

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

2020 Press Releases

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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2018 Press Releases

October 2, 2018

Tickets going fast for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer

Encounter characters from Wonderland, Oz, Sleepy Hollow and other classic tales along a path lit with more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer, Oct. 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28.

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September 26, 2018

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Oct. 13, 2018- Jan. 13, 2019

Visitors to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation this fall can see the iconic depictions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms by artist Norman Rockwell October 13, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

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September 6, 2018

The Henry Ford and STEMIE Coalition Join Forces to Strengthen Hands-on and Virtual Invention Education Offerings in All 50 States, Across the Globe

The Henry Ford and the STEMIE Coalition announced today they are joining forces to bring invention and entrepreneur education to students around the world through The Henry Ford’s unparalleled Archive of American Innovation and STEMIE’s global reach through its network of affiliate and partner organizations.

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July 18, 2018

Ninth Annual Maker Faire Detroit Presented by GE Digital Returns to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, July 28-29

On July 28 -29, hundreds of makers from across the globe will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Maker Faire Detroit is the Midwest’s largest two-day festival dedicated to unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and forward thinking.

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May 23, 2018

Hundreds of Nation’s Top Student Inventors to Compete at Third Annual K-12 National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford

The nation’s top student inventors will compete on June 1st at the third annual K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

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April 12, 2018

The World of Charles and Ray Eames Makes U.S. Premiere at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, May 5- Sept. 13, 2018

Beginning May 5, guests can go inside the minds of two of the 20th century’s most influential designers, Charles and Ray Eames, at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Making its U.S. premiere, The World of Charles and Ray Eames, explores the couple’s careers and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office.

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April 9, 2018

PNC Bank Supports Tinkering for Tots Early Childhood Program at The Henry Ford with $210,000 Three-Year Sponsorship

The Henry Ford, PNC Bank, N.A. and PNC Foundation will offer year-round early childhood programming at the historic destination, it was announced today. Under a new three-year, $210,000 sponsorship, PNC Bank will help The Henry Ford provide STEAM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) programming for preschool visitors to the museum.

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March 20, 2018

Southeast Michigan Cultural Institutions Partner to Form Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility

Southeast Michigan cultural institutions are proud to announce they have partnered to form the Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility (MACA), with the mission to become more accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities. Founding institutions include: The Henry Ford, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Arab American National Museum, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. CultureSource is also a supporting partner of MACA.

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January 22, 2018

The Henry Ford Celebrates Record Attendance for Signature Programs

The Henry Ford’s signature events had a record-setting year in 2017. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village drew in more than 67,000 guests and Holiday Nights broke records for the third year in a row with more than 93,000 guests.

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January 17, 2018

The Henry Ford Named 2018 Host of K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo

Hundreds of award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation and around the world will gather at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on June 1, 2018 to compete for top awards in youth invention at The STEMIE Coalition’s annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation. Mo Rocca, star of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on CBS will serve as emcee for the NICEE Awards Ceremony.

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