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The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956

January 11, 2022 Archive Insight

Blue page with text and image of road visible through car dashboard as man in suit and hat drives"The Road Ahead, the Exciting Story of the Nation's 50 Billion Dollar Road Program," 1956 / THF103981

Last June marked the 65th anniversary of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which initiated a program to plan and fund an interstate system. In recognition of this milestone, Reference Archivist Lauren Brady selected some items from our collections that show how the highway system changed the American way of life. She shared these artifacts as part of our monthly History Outside the Box series on Instagram, which showcases items from our archives.

If you missed her presentation or would like to see it again, you can check it out below.


Want to learn more? You can check out our Digital Collections for thousands of artifacts related to roads and travel by car. Our blog also features a number of posts about roads and road trips, from the roadside photography of John Margolies to over a century of AAA history. You can check out other History Outside the Box topics there as well—or follow The Henry Ford’s Instagram account to watch them live on the first Friday of every month.

Lauren Brady is Reference Archivist and Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections and Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

20th century, 1950s, roads and road trips, History Outside the Box, by Lauren Brady, by Ellice Engdahl, archives

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