The folks at The Henry Ford were kind enough to host us for the Local Roots, Winter Evening Dinner last week. It was a fabulous time sampling various locally sourced comfort foods. The the strolling dinner menu included, Chicken & Waffles w/ Michigan Mustard Maple sauce, Carved Ham w/ two selections of Mac & Cheese as well as a number of other selections. The dinner was held inside the Henry Ford Museum amidst a host of wonderful old automobiles as well as the vintage 1946 Lamy's Diner.
What I really want to write about, however, is how important it is to support places like The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford comprises The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The museum is jam-packed with Americana. Several massive railroad locomotives fill the east end of the building. There is a comprehensive exhibit on the development of the automobile which includes cars stretching back to the turn of the twentieth century, including the presidential cars of presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy (yes that car) and Reagan.
One of my favorite sections of the museum is the display of old industrial and farm equipment. As a photographer I love to make images of great, massive, Gothic steam engines, as well as closeups of machinery.
The Village is a large collection of historical buildings that tell the story of our history. Buildings are open to the public and most have docents present to explain the significance of the presentation. Buildings include the Cotswold Cottage (circa 1619) from England to Thomas Edison's entire Menlo Park Lab.
One of the highlights for any visit is a ride on the 19th century train that circles the village.
A membership to The Henry Ford allows unlimitted admitances to the village and the museum during the year. It only takes a few visits to make up the price of the membership, and you will be helping to support a great community asset. For a photographer a membership is like gold. You can go early in the moring and stay only as long as you need to get the photos you want without feeling like you have to hang around all day to get you money's worth. When I worked near by, I would often sneak out on a frustrating afternoon to take a walk in the village. Other days, a couple of co-workers and I would head over to the Eagle Tavern for lunch. None of which we could afford to do without memberships.
If you would like to learn about memberships to The Henry Ford head over to the membership page on their web site here. To browse the collection visit here. And if you don't live nearby please find a museum in your town to support by buying a membership.
The Museum is open 9:30 - 5:00 seven days a week year round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
The Village is open April Thru October 9:30 - 5:00, and weekends during November
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