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Dive into The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation, the greatest collection ever assembled documenting American innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness.


Inspiring Stories

Walk alongside our country's most famous innovators as they face great uncertainties and uncover lasting discoveries. Learn about innovation from America's greatest makers, thinkers, and doers.

Ways To Engage - Innovation Nation Innovation Nation
Dig deeper with stories from the collection for each episode of our Emmy-winning TV series hosted by CBS Correspondent Mo Rocca, and be sure to tune in every Saturday for a celebration of the inventor's spirit.

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Ways To Engage - Visionaries Visionaries on Innovation
Discover personal perspectives from today's leading innovators that you won't find anywhere else. From first-person articles to video interviews, you'll enjoy stories about innovation and about the behaviors that nurture it.

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Ways To Engage - Connect3 Connect3
From millions of artifacts in The Henry Ford's collections, our experts choose three and reveal the surprisingly curious connections between them.

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Ways To Engage - What If What If?
America's greatest innovators ask big "what if" questions—and answer them in even bigger ways. Step into the unfolding drama of those questions and discover how visionaries from Henry Ford to Rosa Parks to Steve Wozniak triumphed to create lasting change.

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Ways To Engage - Did I Mention Invention? Did I Mention Invention?
Join host, Alie Ward, as she interviews Inventors of Tomorrow to bring their fascinating stories to life. These interviews aim to ignite a spark at creating something new.

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Ways To Engage - Blog The Henry Ford Blog
Join us for more stories of innovation from yesterday and today.

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Ways To Engage - Google Arts and Culture Google Arts & Culture
Explore exclusive stories from the collection, as well as an inside look at The Henry Ford.

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Popular Topics - Ways to Explore Popular Research Topics
Learn more about our collections and their stories through these expert answers to your frequently asked questions.

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Ways To Engage - THF Magazine The Henry Ford Magazine
Enjoy new insights, behind-the-scenes stories, and opportunities to gain perspective, get inspired, and make history.

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Ways to Engage - Recipes Recipes & Cookbooks
Get inspired by recipes from America's past. Browse our Historic Recipe Bank and share your favorites with friends and family.

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Ways To Engage - THF Connect App THF Connect App
Challenge the rules and create your own "Mashup" with museum objects from our mobile app. Then, inspect your invention in Augmented Reality from your mobile device. Available now for iPhone and Android.

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Digital Collections

The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation™ is the greatest collection ever assembled documenting American innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness. Explore artifacts and stories about Agriculture and the Environment, Design and Making, Power and Energy, Communications and Information Technology, Mobility and Society and Social Transformation.

Ways To Engage - Digital Collections Search the Collection
Search our extensive archive of digitized artifacts. From objects to buildings, archival documents to oral histories, each artifact has been digitized at high fidelity, allowing you to see extraordinary details.

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Ways To Engage - Expert Set Browse Expert Sets
The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully curated artifact sets from focus areas of our collection. Explore specific topics or use as a foundation for building your own collection.

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Ways to Engage - Virtual Visit - Google Virtual Visit
Learn from America’s greatest minds and engage in their stories. Using our indoor Google mapping, captured in 2015, and our Digital Collections, virtually visit some of our iconic artifacts and be inspired.

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