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 | 24 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the more than 500 new items digitized in July 2019.

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Exploration

Created 07.24.2019 | 10 artifacts

The word "exploration" may make us think of a physical journey into unknown places--but it can also mean studying, documenting, and deepening our knowledge. In this set, staff from The Henry Ford suggest favorite artifacts from our collection related to both these senses of exploration.

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Collecting through the Decades: 1980s

Created 07.22.2019 | 6 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 1980s.

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Break. Repair. Repeat.

Created 07.17.2019 | 21 artifacts

The Henry Ford's collections contain objects that have been broken, repaired, or created through improvisation. Some objects have been altered many times, while others have led multiple lives, or served multiple purposes. These objects solve very specific practical needs or share an artistic vision. Ultimately, the objects in this group are evidence of unscripted innovation and the messiness of creative problem-solving.

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"One Giant Leap for Mankind": 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Created 06.28.2019 | 18 artifacts

Three weeks after astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, President Kennedy laid out a bold vision that America should commit itself to landing a man on the moon "before the decade is out." Many missions followed until, on July 20, 1969--just six months before the end of the decade--American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin A. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

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Collecting through the Decades: 1970s

Created 06.26.2019 | 5 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 1970s.

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Cars Inspired by the Stars

Created 05.23.2019 | 12 artifacts

When it came time to name a new model, or even a new company, automakers often found inspiration in the stars. Astronomical phenomena, planets, and whole galaxies have all found their way onto fender badges and hood ornaments. Here are just a few examples.

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Collecting through the Decades: 1960s

Created 05.23.2019 | 8 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 1960s.

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Blast Off! A Collection of Space-Themed Banks

Created 05.10.2019 | 10 artifacts

In 2018-2019, The Henry Ford acquired a collection of space-themed banks and related materials dating from 1949 to 1964. These items, produced by Detroit-based companies Duro Mold and Manufacturing and Astro Manufacturing, were offered at local bank branches as incentives for potential customers to start bank accounts. The mechanical banks' designs speak to Americans' changing perceptions of outer space during that time--from fantasy to reality.

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Henry J. Heinz: His Recipe for Success

Created 05.09.2019 | 17 artifacts

With a unique flair for marketing and a high standard of production, H. J. Heinz changed Americans' attitudes towards processed food products. From exclusively selling horseradish in 1869 to offering over 60 varieties of products, Heinz built an empire and became a household name. This selection of items highlights the passion, dedication, and creativity of the entrepreneur behind one of the most recognizable companies in the world.

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