Workshop Components

Daily Schedule and Workshop Activities

IMPORTANT: Site visits occur each day. Henry Ford Museum comprises 12 acres and Greenfield Village is 80 acres. Be sure to bring and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. If needed, we are happy to arrange motorized scooters or wheelchairs for any teachers needing them upon request.

Daily Schedule*

  • 8:15 am – 8:45 am Introduction to the day’s activities activities with Project Director and Host Curator
  • 8:45 am – 10:45 am Guest Scholar’s lecture and discussion
  • 10:45 am – 3:00 pm Exploring sites in Greenfield Village and lunch
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Follow-up with Guest Scholar and Host Curator
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Curriculum development activities
  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Wrapping-up the day

*tentative/subject to change

Sunday Evening: Introductions and Expectations in Henry Ford Museum
(4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

  • Host Staff:
    • Christian Øverland, Executive Vice President and Project Director, The Henry Ford
    • Catherine Tuczek, Curator of School and Public Learning, The Henry Ford
    • Mary Jatkowski, Project Coordinator, The Henry Ford
    • Marc Greuther, Director of Historical Resources and Chief Curator, The Henry Ford
    • Matt Anderson, John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford
    • Kate Morland, Museum Manager, The Henry Ford
  • Overview:
    • Over a casual dinner, teachers will meet each other and the workshop staff; review the week’s goals and activities; and be introduced to The Henry Ford. Marc Greuther, and Matt Anderson, Host Curators, and Kate Moreland, Museum Manager, will introduce key topics and themes of the workshop by leading tours in Henry Ford Museum of the industrial history exhibit Made in America (Power and Manufacturing) and the automotive exhibit Driving America.
Sunday Site Exploration
Made in America: Power, Made in America: Manufacturing and Driving America

Monday: The Transition From Home to Factory Production

  • The Day’s Guiding Questions:
    • How did family life and gender interact with the shift from home to factory production?
    • How did entrepreneurs integrate family and gender roles with new technologies and work patterns?
    • How was this experience different in different regions and for different race/ethnicities?
    • How can artifacts help us understand this process?
  • Visiting Scholar and Host Curator:
    • Nancy Gabin, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University
    • Jeanine Head Miller, Curator of Domestic Life, The Henry Ford
  • Site Explorations
    • Daggett Farm: a 1760s Connecticut farmstead in which participants will interact with staff engaged in household tasks of a farm family of the colonial period.
    • Loranger Grist Mill: a water-driven, Oliver Evans-inspired gristmill invites exploration of the role of raw material processing and natural power sources in the local economy.
    • 19th-century workplaces: a saw mill provides contrast to home production. A mechanical carding mill provides contrast to manual carding.
  • Evening Activity (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
    • Detroit Bus Tour: Detroit is a major city which underwent huge growth due to the Industrial Revolution, especially the automobile industry, affecting the city’s layout, past and present.
Monday Site ExplorationDaggett Farm, Loranger Grist Mill, Tripp Sawmill, Gunsolly Carding Mill, and The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Tuesday: The Mechanization of Agriculture

  • The Day’s Guiding Questions:
    • What was the impact of immigrant groups as well as soil and climate on farming systems?
    • How did mechanization of agriculture contribute to distinctly different regional and sectional agricultural systems?
    • What influence did this have on practice and ideology, especially slavery?
  • Visiting Scholar and Host Curator:
    • R. Douglas Hurt, Chair, History Department, Purdue University
    • Ryan Spencer, General Manager–Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford
    • Curator of Agriculture and the Environment, The Henry Ford
  • Site Explorations
    • Susquehanna Plantation: an 1850s Maryland tobacco plantation to explore the development of Southern monoculture and its implications for economic development.
    • Hermitage Plantation Slave Quarters: investigate the cultural and work lives of enslaved African Americans at an industrial plantation.
    • Firestone Farm: an 1880s Ohio farm owned by German immigrants where participants explore the impact of mechanized farming on family and commerce.
Tuesday Site Exploration
Susquehanna Plantation, Hermitage Plantation Slave Quarters and Firestone Farm

Wednesday: The Impact of Steam Power on Transportation

  • The Day’s Guiding Questions:
    • How did the development of steam power in transportation affect daily life and manufacturing activity?
    • How did railroads affect patterns of consumption?
  • Visiting Scholar and Host Curator:
    • Martin Hershock, Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • Matt Anderson, John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford
  • Site Explorations:
    • D T & M Roundhouse: 19th-century steam locomotives are maintained and repaired in a roundhouse from Marshall, Michigan.
    • Nineteenth-century travel: Participants will ride a horse-drawn passenger carriage and an 1870s steam locomotive. They will also have the option to dine in a stagecoach tavern, eating a meal of popular foods locally available in that period.
Wednesday Site Exploration
DT & M Roundhouse, Omnibus, 1870 steam locomotive, and Eagle Tavern

Thursday: The Increasing Significance of Science and Systematic Innovation

  • The Day’s Guiding Questions:
    • What is the truth behind the “lone inventor” myth of Thomas Edison?
    • How did the application of scientific theory and technological innovation in the late 19th-century affect the scope and scale of technological and social change? Why has corporate R & D become so important to business success over the past 150 years?
  • Visiting Scholar and Host Curators:
    • Paul Israel, Professor, Rutgers University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Edison Papers
    • Marc Greuther, Chief Curator and Curator of Industry and Design, The Henry Ford
    • Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications and Information Technology, The Henry Ford
  • Site Explorations:
    • Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory Complex: In 1876, Thomas Edison established an “invention factory” in rural Menlo Park, New Jersey. Here, participants will examine the ways that Edison pioneered team-based, market-focused research and development. The complex includes a laboratory, machine shop, glass-blowing shop, and office.
    • Charles Steinmetz Cabin: This was the General Electric Corp. inventor’s 1920s cabin in which he wrote significant works on alternating current and the modern electrical system.
Thursday Site Exploration
Menlo Park Laboratory and Charles Steinmetz Cabin

Friday: The Assembly Line and the Changing Nature of Work

  • The Day’s Guiding Questions:
    • Why did the automobile industry pioneer assembly line production techniques and what was the impact of urban life, particularly for urban immigrants?
    • What led to labor unrest and how did the nature of work change?
  • Visiting Scholar and Host Curators:
    • Matt Anderson, John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford
    • Robert H. Casey, Retired John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford
    • Daniel J. Clark, Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
  • Site Explorations:
    • Ford Rouge Factory Tour: As a culminating site visit, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour will create a link between the history of the American Industrial Revolution and 21st century, environmentally-sustainable manufacturing.
Friday Site Exploration
Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Pre-Workshop Readings

You will be expected to complete all the assigned readings and actively participate in all lectures, discussions and site visits. Each reading supplements the content in the scholars’ presentations and provides additional context for site visits, so that you gain a greater understanding of the social context for the site. Readings and other materials will be made available before the workshop. You will be expected to purchase a few books while other articles will be provided electronically.

For a complete list of the required readings, click here.

Workshop Products

Teachers will also develop and share age-appropriate lesson ideas that align with Common Core and applicable national and state standards. The highest quality materials and lesson plans will be posted to The Henry Ford’s Education website so that we can continue to share ideas and materials after the workshop.

Click here for an example of past NEH materials and lesson plans.