History Outside the Box

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • Virtual Event: June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, November 5, and December 3
  • Location: Hosted on Instagram



Monthly Themes:

Central Park in Winter - History Outside the Box

Wintertime Fun in the Archives!


January 15, 2021
Presented by: Janice Unger, Processing Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram

Featured Artifact: Central Park in Winter, New York, New York, circa 1900

The Ford Summer Hour - History Outside the Box

Ford Motor Company Radio and TV Programs


February 5, 2021
Presented by: Kathy Makas, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Advertising Poster, "The Ford Summer Hour," 1939

Lyn St. James - History Outside the Box

Racing into Women's History Month with Lyn St. James


March 5, 2021
Presented by: Janice Unger, Processing Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Lyn St. James Suited Up in Racecar Giving a "Thumbs Up," 2008

Space Pilot - History Outside the Box

Children’s Books in the Library


April 2, 2021
Presented by: Sarah Andrus, Librarian
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: "I Want to be a Space Pilot," 1961

Bowling Team - History Outside the Box

Ford Motor Company Employee Clubs and Activities


May 7, 2021
Presented by: Kathy Makas, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Ford Office Girls Bowling Team at Melvindale Bowling Alley, November 1943

Travel A La Car - History Outside the Box

Travel Literature & the 65th Anniversary of the Federal Highway System


June 4, 2021
Presented by: Lauren Brady, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: "Travel a la Car," 1954

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Robert Mitchum

Celebrity Sightings in the Archives


July 2, 2021
Presented by: Kathy Makas, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Robert Mitchum During a Visit to Greenfield Village

George Washington Carver

National Sandwich Month


August 6, 2021
Presented by: Janice Unger, Processing Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: George Washington Carver Preparing "Weed" Sandwiches

Henry Ford Trade School

Back to School with the Henry Ford Trade School


September 3, 2021
Presented by: Kathy Makas, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Henry Ford Trade School Students and Teachers in Classroom

Woman in Department of Agriculture

Women in Agricultural Work and Research


October 1, 2021
Presented by: Hilary Severyn, Processing Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Woman Working with a Drying Box in the Office of Home Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Langston Hughes

Reading Rhymes: Poetry in the Benson Ford Research Center Collection


November 5, 2021
Presented by: Sarah Andrus, Librarian
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Testing the Lunar Capsule

Ford Aeronutronics and Philco


December 3, 2021
Presented by: Kathy Makas, Reference Archivist
Location: Hosted on Instagram.

Featured Artifact: Testing the Lunar Capsule Built by Ford Motor Company Aeronutronic Division