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Greenfield Village

From the Old Car Festival to the breathtaking Holiday Nights, Greenfield Village hosts events for every interest. And every day we have rich, immersive programming and activities to make the Village come alive.

Upcoming Special Events and Exhibits at Greenfield Village

Historic Baseball

Historic Base Ball: 1867 Style

June 10 - August 20 (Saturday & Sunday) | First pitch 1:30pm

This is thrill-a-minute base ball in the glorious outdoors. Our grandstand is a grassy hillside shaded by dozens of massive walnut trees. We have live, 19th-century music by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. And every so often, a Greenfield Village passenger train pulled by a 19th-century steam locomotive chugs along the perimeter of the outfield. It’s classic.

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Historic Base Ball: 1867 Style

June 10 - August 20 (Saturday & Sunday) | First pitch 1:30pm

This is thrill-a-minute base ball in the glorious outdoors. Our grandstand is a grassy hillside shaded by dozens of massive walnut trees. We have live, 19th-century music by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. And every so often, a Greenfield Village passenger train pulled by a 19th-century steam locomotive chugs along the perimeter of the outfield. It’s classic.
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Salute to America

Salute to America

June 30 - July 3, 2017 | 6pm-10pm

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of our quintessential Fourth of July celebration, full of high notes: music, food and fireworks!

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Salute to America

June 30 - July 3, 2017 | 6pm-10pm

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of our quintessential Fourth of July celebration, full of high notes: music, food and fireworks!
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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month (May - September) | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.

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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month (May - September) | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.
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Artist in Residence Program

July 25-29 & August 22-26

Join The Henry Ford as it welcomes four internationally renowned glass artists to work in the Greenfield Village Glass Shop.

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Artist in Residence Program

July 25-29 & August 22-26

Join The Henry Ford as it welcomes four internationally renowned glass artists to work in the Greenfield Village Glass Shop.
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Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire® Detroit

July 29-30, 2017 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.

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Maker Faire® Detroit

July 29-30, 2017 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.
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World Tournament of Historic Baseball

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 12-13, 2017

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.

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World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 12-13, 2017

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.
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Things to Do Today at Greenfield Village

Be Resourceful - Make Your Own Doll

Burbank House (9:30am-4:30pm)

Hands-on work shop where kids of all ages can create their own corn husk doll.

$4 fee, plus Village admission.

Fun and Games on the Village Green

Village Green, Main Street Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

Learn to play outdoor games from the early 1900s including graces, tops, jacks, hoop-rolling, stilts, and croquet.

Glass Blowing

Glass Shop, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (9:30am - 5pm)

Skilled artisan glassblowers demonstrate free-blown and mold-blown techniques used to create decorative and practical glassware.

Spinning Silk

Hank's Silk Mill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (9:30am-12pm)

The story of the first silk mill in America is spun, along with the details of silk productions, from cocoon to cloth.

Learn About Making Flour

Loranger Gristmill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (3pm-5pm)

Mill through the 1870s daily grind of corn and wheat and learn about the processing of American's most expensive crops.


Potter's Wheel

Pottery Shop (9:30am-5pm)

Look in on redware and stoneware pottery crafted by some of the true American artisans of Greenfield Village.

Printing Press

Printing Office (9:30am-5pm)

See all the news that's fit to demonstrate about the printing press!

Postmark

Phoenixville Post Office, Main Street Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

Send a vintage postcard at the Village Post Office with our own postmark and mail today's greeting in the sweet, slow way of the past.

Cutting Tin

Tin Shop (9:30am-5pm)

Observe the Smiths at work. Lean about "poor mans silver" in an 1876-style shop.

Weaving

Weaving Shop (9:30am-5pm)

Demonstration of the artisan craft of weaving on a loom, textile technology still widely used.

Recording Sound

Menlo Park Laboratory, Edison At Work Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

An in-depth demonstration of the invention that made Thomas Edison famous…the phonograph. This is the technology that captured sound.

Historic Cooking

Firestone Farm House, Working Farms Historic District (9:30am )

Get inspired in your own kitchen when you step inside our historic kitchens spanning diverse regions, people and times.

Farm Work

Firestone Farm (9:30am - 5pm)

Time is a resource to use wisely. From laundry to baking, each day of the week had its own chore in 1885. See how farmers make the most of each season with their daily work.

Playful Puppets of Ingenuity

Near Dr. Howard's Office, Main Street Historic District ()

Join us for a live puppet performance on the Village Green in the Main Street Historic District.

Lathe a Light

Armington & Sims Machine Shop, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (10:00am-4:30pm)

For the makers in the crowd, don your goggles and shape your own brass candlestick using a 1917 lathe. Ages 6 and older.

Pull a Flower From Glass

Glass Shop, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (10am-4:30pm)

Join us for a 30-minute, hands-on workshop with glassblowers to create your own glass flower. The $40 workshop fee includes instructions, production, and shipping. (Must be 14 years or older.)

Weave Your Own Bookmark

Liberty Craftworks Archway (10:30am, 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm & 3:30pm)

Make a DIY six-inch bookmark on a table top loom. $5 fee. Purchase tickets at Liberty Craftworks Store. No reservations.

$5 fee, plus Village admission.

Roundhouse Challenge

Railroad Turntable (10:50am, 1:45pm, 3:50pm)

Try your hand at turning our 40-ton turntable, weather permitting, must be age 6 or older to operate.

Engineering Firsts

Outside Bagley Avenue Workshop, Henry Ford's Model T Historic District (11am & 2pm)

A replica of the very first engine that Henry Ford created in his kitchen sink in 1893, hums and thrums before your eyes. (weather permitting).

School Days

Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (11am, 1:30pm & 4pm)

A passionate and engaging citizenry has always been central to the American Spirit. Experience a lively one-room school lesson.

The Wright Brothers

Wright Home, Main Street Historic District (11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm & 3:00pm)

Navigate to the very moment in 1903 when Wilbur and Orville shared the news of the first flight with their sister, Katharine. The family recounts their inspiring journey to the skies.

Cole Porter Favorites

Town Hall, Main Street Historic District (11:30am & 3pm)

You'll get a kick out of iconic Cole Porter's de-lovely tunes performed by the Greenfield Singers in a 10-minute musical playlist.

The Disagreeable Customer

General Store, Main Street Historic District (11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4pm )

A trip to the General Store quickly escalated into a lively and charming conflict between J.R. Jones and Mrs. Cleveland.

Golden Age of Broadway

Town Hall (11:45am, 2pm, & 3:15pm)

Celebrate the beloved tunes of the golden age of early Broadway in this high-energy music and comedy revue.

Model T Medley

Near Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (11:45am & 3:30pm)

The Greenfield Singers perform a 10-minute music medley with a dash of Model T humor.

Thomas Edison

Edison's Menlo Park Yard (11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:45pm)

Sit in on a press conference to hear how Edison invented the first practical incandescent lightbulb and how he demonstrated his new electrical system on New Year’s Eve, 1879, to everyone’s amazement.

Lunch with the Ranger

William Holmes McGuffey School, Porches and Parlors Historic District (12pm - 1pm)

Bring your own sack lunch and join the 1905 Forest Ranger as he prepares his authentic lunch over an open fire. Listen to stories about his daily duties and the history of the U.S. Forest Service.

True Tales of Hope and Endurance

Susquehanna Plantation, Porches and Parlors Historic District (12pm, 1pm, 2:45pm & 3:45pm)

Be inspired by those who were enslaved on the 700-acre Susquehanna Plantation as you experience their powerful and moving recollections and stories of strength and endurance.

Wool Carding

Gunsolly Carding Mill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (12:05pm - 3pm)

Wool picking and carding are demonstrated using 1850s technology for turning fiber into thread.

The Village Trio

Near Dr. Howard's Office, Main Street Historic District (12:30pm, 1pm, & 2:45pm)

The Village Trio sing and dance their way from 1900 to 1940. Soprano, mezzo soprano and alto delight with talented harmonies.

The Greenfield Quartet

Near Edison Statue, Edison at Work Historic District (12:45pm, 2:30pm & 3:15pm )

The Greenfield Quartet sing their way from 1900 to 1930. High tenor, tenor, baritone, and bass delight with talented barbershop harmonies.

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