How did a combination of candles and counterweights come to be replaced by strings of glittering electric lights?
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.
Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday feast and a stroll through a winter wonderland in Greenfield Village.
Using natural dyes available in the 18th century, presenters create the beautiful, vibrant colors produced by American colonists.
Savor traditional American food and farming in Greenfield Village.
Get the gist of grinding the grist in Greenfield Village.
Time and again, the most-loved jelly at Firestone Farm is Concord grape from the "Buckeye Cookery Practical Housekeeping."
From Sweet Potato Pudding to Corned Tongue, Clara Ford collected an astounding array of adventurous recipes.
Prepare to be mesmerized as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic music with authentic cannon fire and an extraordinary fireworks display.
Meet the inventor who changed how we take our party pics by taking film out of the picture.
No Kentucky Derby party is complete without the classic mint julep. Prepare to wow your guests with this cocktail from our historic recipe bank.
Hundreds of scraps of printed and solid cotton form Susan McCord's beautiful and wholly unique Vine Quilt.
Savor smells of cooking in our historic kitchens, practice crafts with world-class artisans, and explore blooming gardens and new life on our working farms.
Need help cleaning up after your holiday parties? Ask Nao, a robotic helper.
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.
Mid-20th century quilter Susana Hunter gave old materials – like her husband's denim overalls and flannel work shirts – new life as quilts.
Discover how ingenuity and enterprise brightened wartime Christmas.
Explore a living catalog of American style at this limited-engagement exhibit. Dozens of wearable time capsules — discovered carefully boxed in an attic — tell a fascinating story through fashion.
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.
Peek inside our on-site clothing studio to discover what it takes to make sure everyone at The Henry Ford looks their part.
Apples, currants, citrus and mace shine in this feather-free, fall-flavored dessert.
From flowers to fruits, grasses to grains, Luther Burbank introduced hundreds of plant varieties to American agriculture. But his first great plant invention — a blight-resistant potato — remains his most enduring contribution to the world.
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.
Vivid midcentury styling sets the stage for swanky summer gatherings around this entertaining innovation.
Designers disillusioned with fast fashion look to create a grassroots garment industry one handmade shirt at a time.
We use sweet summer gooseberries from our gardens and fresh whipped cream to make this classic dessert from the historic recipe bank.
Savor the smells and sights of dishes cooked in historic homes using time-honored techniques and produce from our farms.
The Great Depression was a difficult time for many Americans, but recipes like this sweet potato quick bread show the resourcefulness that sustained our nation.
Start supper with the last of your winter root vegetables and the earliest of this season's morels and tender ramps.
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.
Would you mix a cocktail with this Canadian alcohol smuggled into Detroit during Prohibition?
With fresh, local ingredients, this soup is the most requested recipe at The Henry Ford.
Chosen for its seasonality and connection to our farms, this ham recipe will be the perfect center of a spring meal.
Start with the basic method used at the Ford Home in Greenfield Village, then add embellishments like orange, cinnamon and nutmeg to create your own cranberry crowd-pleaser.
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.
When Susan McCord joined quilt blocks together to form wheels the resulting sense of motion and energy was stunning.
An open-air market for the 21st century. Local herbs, artisanal ointments, organic spices, heirloom seeds and more.
Meant to revive farmworkers during harvest times, Grandma's Harvest Drink is made with apple cider vinegar and ginger.
Mix up a refreshing punch for party guests using this 19th-century recipe from the Boston Cooking School.
Practical housekeepers looked to Larkin Housewives Cook Bookfor prize-winning recipes like this American summer classic.
Fresh basil, like the prized plants grown by the Greenfield Village Herb Society, makes this roasted chicken recipe a summer standout.
Vernor's is America's oldest ginger ale brand, aged in a wooden keg to create it's unique flavor. Try your hand at making Vernor's-inspired snacks and drinks with this 1950 recipe book.
What did an X-ray reveal about one of the prized and rare artifacts from Henry Ford Museum?
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.
From cold frames to raised beds, take home new techniques from our working gardens.
Watch potters in Liberty Craftworks create beautiful and functional pieces inspired by 300 years of American craftsmanship.
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.
Enjoy some of the warm, moist, baked-in-a -can bread made by hobos during the Great Depression. Find out how to order Hobo Bread and many other great recipes.