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Over 75 years ago in Dearborn, Michigan, automotive pioneer Henry Ford set out to create a different kind of museum - a place where the personal experiences of ordinary and extraordinary individuals could be celebrated and shared, and where people of all ages could discover and explore the richness of American heritage.

On a 93-acre site situated between his engineering laboratory, his private estate, and Ford Motor Company' s River Rouge Plant, Henry Ford brought together dozens of buildings and over a million artifacts to create one of the largest collections of its kind ever assembled. The emphasis he placed on using authentic objects and demonstrations to bring people in closer contact with their past laid the groundwork for programs and experiences that now bring history to life for visitors from all over the world.

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May 20, 2006: Welcome to the henry Ford America' s greatest history attraction!

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May 20, 2006: I was exploring Dearborn/Greenfield Village together with Barbara and Deborah. The unique educational experiences took all day long on

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May 20, 2006: But it was so nice to be in the past for a while ...

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May 20, 2006: Henry Ford Birthplace

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May 20, 2006: The bedroom

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May 20, 2006: It is not a wax figure! This is a real handsome young man guiding us round the house:-))

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May 20, 2006: The living room

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May 20, 2006: Henry Ford, a Michigan farm boy, was not the first person to build an automobile. But he saw its potential importance. As he said, "Everybody wants to be somewhere he isn' t." Ford dream was to build an affordable car. Ford introduced standardization, or the idea of making all cars alike, and the assembly line, which brought the car parts to the worker. Through standardization and the assembly line, Ford was able to make his dream reality - in the shape of the Model T Ford.

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May 20, 2006: Over 15 million Model Ts were manufactured between 1908 and 1927 making it one of the most successful vehicles of all time.

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May 20, 2006: Cohen Millinery Shop - from 1892-1903, Mrs. Elizbaeth Cohen made her living decorating women' s hats in this building, originally located in Detroit. This shop was one of a new wave urban, specialized retail stores that catered to middle-class working families. Mrs.Cohen purchased ready-made hat bodies from manufactures, then trimmed them to the tastes of her customers with ribbons, artificial flowers, feathers and buttons.

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May 20, 2006: And this one looks well on me:-))

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May 20, 2006: One of the Greenfield Village street

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May 20, 2006: The Wright Brothers built all of the components of their first gliders and airplanes in this workshop located at the back of the Cycle Shop. The original tools are still in place, next to a partial replica of the wooden center section of Orville and Willbur's 1903 Flyer.

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May 20, 2006: At Wright' s house ...

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May 20, 2006: We were dining at Eagle Tavern. Today visitors encounter the Eagle Tavern as it appeared in the 1850s when Calvin Wood was the proprietor. All items on the menu have been adapted from 1850s recipes and travelers today may find themselves talking about 1850s politics with an actor portraying Calvin Wood or a member of his family. We had a terrific time there:-))

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May 20, 2006: Eagle Tavern - built in 1831 about fifty miles west of Detroit in Clinton, Michigan, the Eagle Tavern was originally a stagecoach stop for travelers on the Detroit-to-Chicago road.

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May 20, 2006: Horse-drawn carriages and wagons ply the streets of Greenfield Village, providing opportunities for visitors to personally experience what it was like to travel in the pre-automotive age.

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May 20, 2006: In the Noah Webster House. When he moved into this house (originally located in New Haven, Connecticut) in 1832, scholar and patriot, Noah Webster, was sixty-five years old. During his long life, Webster had been friends with George Washington, learned twenty languages, lectured nationwide, and written a basic reader (nicknamed the "Blue-Backed Speller") that became the most popular book in America, second only to the bible.

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May 20, 2006: Noah Webster' s bedroom

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May 20, 2006: Librarian Barb in Webster' s Library:-)) Webster had over 1,000 books in his personal library when he died in 1843.

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May 20, 2006: In 1825, Webster finished his masterwork, The American Dictionary of the English Language, after spending twenty-five years researching the book. His dictionary included 70,000 handwritten entries.

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May 20, 2006: In the Parlor - a typical place in older American houses.

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May 20, 2006: Windmill

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May 20, 2006: Thomas Edison laboratory building. Menlo Park was Thomas Edison' s "invention factory." From 1876 to 1882, Edison and his skilled assistants created an amazing assortment of products, including the phonograph, the electric bulb, the stock ticker, the motion picture camera, and the mimeograph machine. Edison also made significant improvements to the telephone, telegraph and electric railway.

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May 20, 2006: The second floor of the main laboratory was where many of Edison' s most famous inventions were created. During dedication ceremonies for Greenfield Village on October 21, 1929 - the fiftieth anniversary of the invention of the light bulb - Edison sat in the wooden armchair shown of this photo. After Edison left the building, Henry Ford had a workman nail the chair to the floor. Since then nobody was sitting on this chair. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison remained close friend all their adult lives.

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May 20, 2006: This woman was an excellent guide round the Edison' s laboratory. It was obvious she likes her job. Edison kept his laboratory supplied with the finest scientific equipment then available. He also kept a wide selection of chemicals and other materials on hand in the event they were needed for any unanticipated research project.

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May 20, 2006: In the laboratory

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May 20, 2006: The statue of Thomas Edison in Greenfield Village. Edison was Ford's friend and mentor, and served as Ford' s inspiration as he created both the Museum and Village. It was finally completed in 1949 - two years after Ford's death. Edison died in 1931.

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