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Virtual Programs for Members
Our virtual programs for members are ways to engage with the collections and experts at The Henry Ford. Each program is held live on Zoom with an invitation to register sent directly to members via email. See below for upcoming programs and links to access recordings of past programs.
The Magic Behind Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village December 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Presenter: Jim Johnson Director of Greenfield Village and Curate 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.
When all is said and done, Greenfield Village provides the most perfect set for bringing the past to life. With over 300 years of history represented, the possibilities are endless: a world where Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life can seamlessly coexist. A place where a small town from the distant past reawakens for several hours on December evenings with the magic of the holiday season. Join Jim Johnson, director of Greenfield Village and curator of historic structures and landscapes, for an exploration of the magic behind Holiday Nights.
Please note: This program is free for members and will be made available using Zoom. Registration is required to gain access, and members will receive an invitation to register via email.
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.
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.
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