Cornerstone Day

The Foundation for Innovation at The Henry Ford

Join us for an extraordinary day of giving and appreciation as we unveil a new tradition at The Henry Ford—Cornerstone Day.

On September 27, 1928, Henry Ford invited his friend, mentor and famed inventor Thomas Edison to dedicate the cornerstone of his new museum. Edison, then 81 years old, walked across the wet cement, added his signature and thrust the shovel of horticulturist Luther Burbank into its center.

Originally a nod to the union of agriculture and industry for the betterment of humanity, today this intersection also represents the ethos of The Henry Ford’s three core venues– Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

Our institution was founded to be an ever-changing representation of America’s growth and progress, and for nearly 100 years we have inspired generations to activate their potential to shape a better future by sharing stories of innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness.

This September 27, you have the power to make history by participating in Cornerstone Day – a day of giving that pays homage to our foundation of innovation.

At The Henry Ford, we are committed to creating the next generation of critical thinkers, doers and problem-solvers. Whether it’s through the 160,000 K-12 students who participate each year in our Invention Convention programs and curriculum, the 165,000 children who take a field trip to our campus, or the nearly 60 million viewers of our television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, we are re-defining what a museum should be by inspiring our visitors to unlock their potential and create a better future.

Your generous unrestricted donation to The Henry Ford paves the way for us to expand our programming, steward our 26 million artifacts and ignite the spark within learners around the globe.

So spread the word, rally your friends and family, and mark September 27 on your calendar each year as a day to honor – and be a critical part of - the mission of The Henry Ford.

Together, we can lay the foundation for a brighter future, one where innovation continues to thrive.