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Cast Your Ballot for Cake

In early America, the electoral process brought festivity and revelry. Enormous spiced and fruit-studded Election Cakes were baked to feed an entire community of voters.
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Salute to America

Prepare to be mesmerized as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic music with authentic cannon fire and an extraordinary fireworks display.
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Mix a Mint Julep

No Kentucky Derby party is complete without the classic mint julep. Prepare to wow your guests with this cocktail from our historic recipe bank. 
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Gifts in Good Taste

Recipes are one of the most delicious ways to explore other places and times. Try these signature food items, created with inspiration from our farms, to see for yourself.
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Warm Clothes Reimagined

Mid-20th century quilter Susana Hunter gave old materials – like her husband's denim overalls and flannel work shirts – new life as quilts.
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Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village

Explore new pathways and spooky surprises by the light of over a thousand hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns. Whether you're headed to a candy-coated witch's house or a graveyard filled with mischief, you're in for a treat.
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A Wardrobe Workshop

Peek inside our on-site clothing studio to discover what it takes to make sure everyone at The Henry Ford looks their part.
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Steam-Powered Agriculture

Before the Age of Steam, American farmers hand-threshed wheat or oats with a flail. When machines like our Port Huron Thresher were introduced, daily production increased a hundredfold.
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Homegrown Wearables

Designers disillusioned with fast fashion look to create a grassroots garment industry one handmade shirt at a time.
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Gooseberry Fool

We use sweet summer gooseberries from our gardens and fresh whipped cream to make this classic dessert from the historic recipe bank.
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Michigan Morel Potage

Start supper with the last of your winter root vegetables and the earliest of this season's morels and tender ramps.
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Rare and Wrinkled Sheep

The Merino sheep on our farms have been back-bred to restore their breed's original traits, meaning they'll produce even more of the softest, warmest wool.
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Bootleg Booze

Would you mix a cocktail with this Canadian alcohol smuggled into Detroit during Prohibition?
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New England Cider Cake

Cider cakes were among the first uniquely American cakes, baked with mostly local ingredients. Half a pint of hard cider keeps this cake moist and leaves plenty left for the baker.
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Annual Farmers Market

An open-air market for the 21st century. Local herbs, artisanal ointments, organic spices, heirloom seeds and more.
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Keeping a Grip on Spring Cleaning

Hanging laundry rather than using automatic dryers is ideal for conserving energy, but clotheslines have stretched across basements and backyards since before it was chic to be green.
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Inside the Pottery Shop

Watch potters in Liberty Craftworks create beautiful and functional pieces inspired by 300 years of American craftsmanship.
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Mac & Cheese that Will Please

Rufus Estes was born a slave but as a free man, he became a chef, cooking for American presidents and celebrities. Try his own recipe for this comfort food classic.