Expert Sets

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 01.24.2016 | 16 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the almost 450 new items digitized in September 2019.

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Light's Golden Jubilee

Created 09.02.2014 | 28 artifacts

On October 21, 1929, Henry Ford hosted Light's Golden Jubilee. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Thomas Edison's invention of the incandescent lamp. It also served as the official dedication of The Edison Institute of Technology (Ford's village and museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan) to his dear friend, Thomas Edison.

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Painting the Light's Golden Jubilee Banquet

Created 10.17.2019 | 10 artifacts

On October 21, 1929, Henry Ford hosted a celebration for Light's Golden Jubilee. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Edison's invention of the incandescent lamp and served as the official dedication of The Edison Institute of Technology (Ford's village and museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan). It culminated in an elegant banquet. Years later, Ford asked his staff artist, Irving Bacon, to capture the banquet in a panoramic painting.

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Trylon and Perisphere

Created 10.14.2019 | 14 artifacts

In 1939, millions of people headed to the New York World's Fair, anticipating its reassuring theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." Looming over the Fair were the imposing Trylon and Perisphere. The tall needle-like Trylon stood for limitless opportunity while the globe-shaped Perisphere implied stability. Visitors likely missed this symbolism. But they couldn't miss the actual Trylon and Perisphere, which seemed to appear everywhere!

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 5

Created 10.14.2019 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the fourth season of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. For episode information, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/episodes.

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 4

Created 10.14.2019 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the fourth season of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. For episode information, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/episodes.

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Collecting through the Decades: 2000s

Created 10.03.2019 | 4 artifacts

The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at some of the objects and archives collected during the first decade of the 2000s.

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Iron Mountain

Created 10.01.2019 | 14 artifacts

In the early 1920s, Ford Motor Company established a sawmill, a lumber processing plant, and a factory near the city of Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Wood parts built at the Iron Mountain plant were shipped out to Ford suppliers who used them to assemble Model T, Model A, and early Ford V-8 bodies. After Ford adopted all-steel sedan bodies in 1937, Iron Mountain built wood station wagon bodies through 1951.

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Ford Aurora

Created 10.01.2019 | 8 artifacts

Introduced in March 1964 as a “rolling laboratory of new ideas in styling and engineering,” the Ford Aurora concept car featured a unique lighting system, special seating arrangement, clamshell tailgate, and electric door locks. While on display at the New York World’s Fair, the Aurora caught the attention of producers for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who considered, but ultimately rejected, using the car in the now-iconic science fiction film.

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Melvin Parson: Market Gardener and Social Entrepreneur

Created 09.23.2019 | 22 artifacts

Melvin Parson, founder of We The People Growers Association, was the Spring 2019 Entrepreneur-In-Residence at The Henry Ford, funded by the William Davidson Foundation Initiative for Entrepreneurship. In the following interview clips, Parson -- fondly known as Farmer Parson -- shares his journey and mission towards securing equality and social justice through urban farming, comparing it to taking a seat at the table as a full member of society.

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