Expert Sets

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 07.22.2021 | 17 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the more than 500 new items digitized in June 2021.

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 7

Created 06.24.2021 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the seventh season of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation. For episode information, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/episodes.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike

Created 07.29.2021 | 21 artifacts

Opened in 1940, the Pennsylvania Turnpike was the prototype for modern limited-access American highways. Financed by user tolls, the turnpike initially ran 160 miles across the Keystone State, connecting Harrisburg with Pittsburgh. It was soon extended 100 miles east to Philadelphia. Drivers appreciated the smooth pavement, gentle curves, and lack of stoplights. The turnpike became a tourist attraction in its own right.

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A Look at Lawn Mowers through The Henry Ford's Collections

Created 06.24.2021 | 20 artifacts

Since the expansion of suburban neighborhoods after the Civil War, Americans have been obsessed with maintaining the “perfect” lawn. An entire industry evolved in response to consumer demand, introducing innovative lawn care products – and new ways to market them. This group of lawn mowers and related artifacts document decades of technological improvements and changing American ideals.

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Memorial Day Through the Years

Created 05.25.2021 | 14 artifacts

Americans first started celebrating Memorial Day in the wake of the Civil War. Since then, the holiday has evolved, although many of the traditions still exist today. These artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford help tell the story of Memorial Day, then and now.

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Bobby Unser: King of the Mountain

Created 05.25.2021 | 15 artifacts

Bobby Unser earned three victories at the Indianapolis 500, two national championships in open-wheel racing, plus an IROC championship in his lengthy competitive driving career. But his favorite event was the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Unser earned 13 wins -- including 10 overall victories -- at Pikes Peak from 1956 to 1986.

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20th-Century Jewelry: Innovation in Design and Materials

Created 05.25.2021 | 10 artifacts

People have adorned their bodies and clothing with jewelry for thousands of years. This group examines popular 20th-century jewelry, which emphasized style, affordability, and innovation in materials.

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Weathervane Ornaments from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Created 05.25.2021 | 14 artifacts

Manufacturers – first around Boston, Massachusetts, and then elsewhere – produced weathervanes commercially by the 1850s. They featured large-scale ornaments depicting a broad range of subjects. As weathervanes became obsolete meteorological tools during the early 20th century, their ornaments became prized collectibles. These examples help us understand weathervanes' rich history of craftsmanship, symbolism, and public engagement with the past.

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Cars Inspired by Racing

Created 04.08.2021 | 28 artifacts

Auto racing pushes drivers and cars to their limits, advances new technologies, and entertains loyal fans. It also sells cars. Manufacturers have applied racing-inspired names to brands and models for more than a century. Some of these cars had horsepower and speed worthy of their lofty labels, but others simply suggested a connection to a great racing track, series, or personality. For many buyers, that was enough.

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Race Cars of Driven to Win

Created 04.01.2021 | 23 artifacts

American racing reflects the very character of the American people. Its diverse forms and settings appeal to our independent spirit. Its sights and sounds satisfy our love of spectacle. And its dangers affirm our identity as a nation of risk takers, forever pushing limits. The cars in Driven to Win: Racing in America Presented by General Motors were made and used by athletes, innovators and entrepreneurs who defined American motorsport.

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