150th Anniversary of Henry Ford’s Birth Declared ‘Henry Ford Day’ by Michigan Legislature; Celebrated with Community Event
- The 150th birthday of Henry Ford – July 30, 2013 – is declared “Henry Ford Day” in the state of Michigan
- Celebration honoring Henry Ford’s 150th birthday to be held on Saturday, July 27, at Henry and Clara Ford’s historic home, Henry Ford Estate/Fair Lane in Dearborn, Mich.
- Henry Ford Estate Inc., a nonprofit that shares governance with Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, takes ownership of the Dearborn estate
DEARBORN, Mich. – The enduring impact of Henry Ford and the 150th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated with the declaration of “Henry Ford Day” by the state of Michigan, a community-wide event and official transfer of ownership of the home of Henry and Clara Ford.
Henry Ford’s life and legacy will be celebrated at a free community event – Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday – held on Saturday, July 27 at Henry and Clara Ford’s historic home, Henry Ford Estate/Fair Lane in Dearborn, Mich.
Recognizing Henry Ford’s vast accomplishments and innovations, the Michigan legislature also declares Tuesday, July 30 “Henry Ford Day” in the state of Michigan, marking the official 150th anniversary of the founder of Ford Motor Company’s birth.
Both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate adopted resolutions earlier this year to acknowledge Henry Ford’s impact on the automotive industry and on society at large. The resolutions note, “He is recognized for his pioneering spirit and innovation that put the world on wheels, and we honor his contribution to significant social and economic progress.”
The resolutions will be presented to Bill Ford and Edsel Ford II by representatives of the Michigan House and Michigan Senate as part of the community celebration.
“What my great-grandfather established, especially his legacy of innovation, continues to inspire us today in the products we develop and the communities we serve,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “We are putting unexpected levels of technology within reach of millions of people, accelerating the development of new products, creating jobs and bringing the freedom of mobility to the world.”
Henry Ford’s legacy – a community celebration
The community event will be open to the public on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A short program will be held at 11:30 a.m. with key members of the Ford family and representatives from the Michigan legislature, Henry Ford Estate and University of Michigan. Henry Ford Estate/Fair Lane is located at One Fair Lane Drive in Dearborn.
Henry Ford’s introduction of the automobile into the mass market transformed agricultural economies in the United States and around the world into prosperous industrial and urban economies. Many historians credit Henry Ford with creating a middle class in America. His high minimum wage – revolutionary at the time – set a precedent for fair distribution of company wealth that influenced later management practices.
The community event will celebrate Henry Ford’s multifaceted passions – automobiles, music, dancing, farmers and artisans. Key activities include:
* Live music and dance instructors will give guests a unique chance to experience the traditions that were so important to the Fords
* A special farmers market will commemorate Clara and Henry’s avid interest in agriculture and support for local farming
* Food from locally sourced vendors will be available to share with friends and family outdoors as Henry did with the famous Vagabonds – Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs
* Vehicles and displays that represent the most influential innovations from Henry’s time throughout the history of Ford Motor Company
A new era for Henry Ford Estate
Henry Ford Estate Inc, also is announcing the official transfer of Henry Ford Estate/Fair Lane from the University of Michigan to the newly formed entity. This nonprofit education organization shares governance with Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.
“Bringing together the estates of Henry Ford and his only child Edsel offers a multitude of new opportunities for the community,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of both Henry Ford Estate and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. “Henry Ford inspired a remarkable story of innovation, philanthropy and responsibility – a story that will be more effectively shared with the coming together of these important properties.”
The transfer is the first step in a new era for the estate, which will be restored and reimagined to appeal to the next generation of those interested in the unique life and times of Henry Ford.
For additional information, visit
www.media.ford.com/mini_sites/10031/HenryFord150 (Henry Ford information and images),
www.henryfordestate.org (Henry Ford Estate information beginning July 27) and www.henryford150.com (Henry Ford 150th anniversary events and historical content).
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
About Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane
The Henry Ford Estate was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966, making it among the first in the nation to receive this prestigious designation under the newly formed National Register of Historic Places. The Estate served as the beloved family home of Henry and Clara from 1915 until 1950, when upon Clara’s death, it was given by the Ford Family to Ford Motor Company. The Company, in 1957, donated the Estate and the farmlands to the University of Michigan for construction of the University of Michigan Dearborn campus. In 2013, the University has transferred ownership of the Estate to a newly organized 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Innovations and Contributions of Henry Ford Celebrated During 150th Anniversary of His Birth: http://media.ford.com/images/10031/HF150th_Celebration_Global_Media.pdf
Henry Ford 150th Mini Site: http://media.ford.com/mini_sites/10031/HenryFord150
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