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 07.10.2020 | 20 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the nearly 400 new items digitized in April 2021.

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Most Popular Artifacts during Our Pandemic Closure, 2020

Created 07.01.2020 | 50 artifacts

In 2020, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 sparked a worldwide pandemic. In response, The Henry Ford closed its doors on March 13 of that year and did not open them again until July 2. During that time, our Digital Collections was the most popular section of our website. Here are the artifacts virtual visitors were browsing most often during our closure, in order of popularity. Do you see patterns?

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 6

Created 04.20.2020 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the sixth 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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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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Highlights of the 2020 Presidential Campaign Collecting

Created 03.15.2021 | 26 artifacts

Every four years, The Henry Ford collects material related to the upcoming Presidential election. In 2020, this included the traditional--yard signs, buttons--but also the more unique. Our efforts documented the campaigns themselves and myriad adjacent issues that shaped the election: social unrest, the pandemic, voting rights, and the USPS crisis. Here is a small selection of the items we acquired.

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