Virtual Programs for Members



THF Conversations | Driven to Win: Sneak Peek
March 23, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Matt Anderson & Wing Fong
Exclusive for Members

As we prepare to open our major new exhibit, Driven to Win: Racing in America, join us for a preview of the Sports Car Performance Center. Explore the story of the Ford GT from inception to success at the 2016 Le Mans 24-hour race, and learn how engineers optimized the car through aerodynamic design, high-tech materials, and careful data analysis.

In addition to our virtual program, members are invited to join us for an in-person preview of the exhibit on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Please note: This program is exclusively for members. Registration is required to gain access, and members will receive an invitation to register via email.



THF Conversations | There’s Only One Greenfield Village
April 15, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Curator Donna Braden
Exclusive for Members

Curator Donna Braden has spent decades researching and interpreting buildings in Greenfield Village, but it was only when she authored The Henry Ford's Official Guidebook that she truly realized how unique it is. In this partly serious, partly humorous virtual program, she reveals her top 10 favorite stories, little-known facts and interconnections from the village.

In addition to our virtual program, members are invited to join us for an in-person preview day at Greenfield Village on Friday, April 16, 2021, the day before the official season opening.

Please note: This program is exclusively for members. Registration is required to gain access, and members will receive an invitation to register via email.




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Recorded on: August 28, 2020

Vendors in Detroit's Vegetable Building: A Community of Entrepreneurship 

Presenter: Debra Reid
Curator of Agriculture and the Environment,The Henry Ford


Preview the next historic building coming to Greenfield Village. Meet a few of the entrepreneurs who rented stalls in Detroit’s Vegetable Building at Central Market. Meet the butchers, nurserymen, hucksters, confectioners and customers who brought the market building to life.

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Recorded on: September 10, 2020

Women at the Wheel 

Presenter: Matt Anderson
Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford


A special virtual program to celebrate the early automotive era and the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Automobiles arrived just as women were making new inroads in the workplace and in civic engagement, and it’s not too much to say that the car's freedom of mobility made an important contribution to this social change. Take a look at how early American carmakers marketed to women, and the role the car played on the road to suffrage.

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Recorded on: October 27, 2020

The Making of Fall Symbols: Corn Stalks and Mugs of Cider 

Presenter: Debra Reid
Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford


For many, the opening of cider mills and the arrival of corn stalks at farmer’s markets signal the arrival of fall. How did this come to be, and how universally revered are these symbols? Join Debra Reid, curator of agriculture and the environment at The Henry Ford, to connect the dots that led to their status as rites of the fall equinox.

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Recorded on: December 1, 2020

The Magic Behind Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village 

Presenter: Jim Johnson
Director of Greenfield Village and Curator of Historic Structures and Landscapes


What we know and love today as Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village has evolved and grown from decades of Greenfield Village "Christmases past" and from the work of many talented people. We know that the ability to transport our guests to a different time and place is most powerful after dark when the modern world that constantly creeps closer can be temporarily pushed away. Watch Jim Johnson, Director of Greenfield Village and curator of historic structures and landscapes, for an exploration of the magic behind Holiday Nights.

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Recorded on: February 12 , 2021

Farming Before the Factory   

Presenter: Debra Reid
Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford


Generations of Michiganders foraged and farmed along the Rouge River before Henry Ford developed 1,500 acres into the iconic Ford Rouge Complex. Join curator Debra Reid in an exploration of our collections to learn about these early farmers, their dependence on the river and the ways their work served populations beyond the Rouge.

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Recorded on: March 2 ,2021

THF Conversations | Tiffany at The Henry Ford: The Exhibition, The Man and our Collection 

Presenter: Charles Sable
Curator of Decorative Arts


Join Curator of Decorative Arts Charles Sable for a preview of the exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from The Driehaus Collection, highlighting some must-see pieces. Mr. Sable will also provide insight into Tiffany’s life and influences, and share behind-the-scenes stories about Tiffany treasures in The Henry Ford’s collection.

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