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.

Electric Stories—2015-2017 IMLS Grant Project

Created 03.20.2017 | 22 artifacts

In 2015, The Henry Ford received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize a selection of artifacts related to electric power generation and distribution. Many hidden stories have come to light as staff cataloged, photographed, and conserved these objects. This expert set presents just a small group of those artifacts and their stories preserved by The Henry Ford.

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Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 01.24.2016 | 18 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the over 500 new items digitized in February 2017.

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Landmark Lincolns

Created 02.03.2017 | 17 artifacts

Henry Leland established Lincoln Motor Company in 1917 and, with his son Wilfred, built allied aircraft engines during World War I. When peace returned, Lincoln reinvented itself as a luxury automaker. But a poor postwar economy forced the Lelands to sell to another father-son duo, Henry and Edsel Ford. Lincoln thrived under Ford ownership, surviving depression and war, and introducing designs and nameplates that continue to inspire.

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America’s Romance with Water Power

Created 01.24.2017 | 18 artifacts

Set within nature, water power operations often evoke an emotional response. With idyllic “old mill” imagery and reverential views of modern hydroelectric plants, these objects illustrate water power’s enduring allure.

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Henry Ford and Hydropower

Created 01.24.2017 | 12 artifacts

Childhood visits to the local mill sparked a young Henry Ford’s lifelong fascination with water power.

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Earle Ovington: “Air Mail Pilot No. 1”

Created 01.10.2017 | 13 artifacts

In 1910, while attending the first international aviation meet held in the United States, Earle Ovington (1879-1936) decided to become a pilot. During his short but successful career as an exhibition flyer, Ovington achieved an impressive string of aviation firsts – most notably, piloting the first U.S. Air Mail flight operated by the Post Office Department.

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Charles Lindbergh

Created 01.10.2017 | 18 artifacts

Born in Detroit, Charles Lindbergh grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota, where he developed his lifelong loves of nature and machinery. After a short stint at the University of Wisconsin, he went to Nebraska to learn how to fly. Lindbergh earned his place in history in May 1927 piloting the first solo, non-stop, transatlantic flight. He became an instant – and reluctant – global celebrity commemorated in songs, souvenirs, books and films.

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Flying the Night Mail

Created 01.10.2017 | 8 artifacts

In the 1920s, the U.S. Air Mail Service established a 2,629-mile stretch of light beacons and illuminated airfields between New York and San Francisco. Regular overnight service drastically reduced delivery times, and ultimately, the success of transcontinental air mail encouraged the development of the commercial aviation industry.

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Engines Exposed: Power, Performance and Innovation

Created 12.20.2016 | 14 artifacts

The heart and soul of any automobile lay under its hood. Whether it's the simple one-cylinder unit that powered the 1903 Oldsmobile, the low-priced V-8 introduced by Ford in 1932, or the radical radial developed by Felix Wankel, the engine is often the foundation on which a car's reputation is built. The selected engines in this set represent 85 years of power, performance and innovation on the road and on the track.

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Some Favorite Village Building Images

Created 11.15.2016 | 13 artifacts

From 2014 to 2016, The Henry Ford digitized over 2800 collections images of buildings in Greenfield Village. In celebration of the completion of this substantial effort, a number of staff selected their favorite (or two) image from the project.

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