Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Henry Ford

Billed as "America's Largest History Attraction" The Henry Ford lies in Dearborn, Michigan. It's actually several attractions and all are worth a visit.

The Henry Ford Museum is a vast space with 40 foot ceilings. The main floor area houses an amazing collection of cars, trains and technologies old and new. Special exhibits have included a history of chocolate and a display of some of Hollywood's most famous props and costumes. There is also an IMAX theater, a gift shop and a restaurant. Galleries along the outside edge of the museum contain jewelry and other smaller collections.

Next door to the Museum is Greenfield Village, a living history area full of entertaining and educational sites. You can see Thomas Edison's workshop, the Wright Brothers' Bicycle Shop, one-room schoolhouses, stores, and numerous homes. You can watch craftspeople at work in the Libery Craftworks area, ride in a Model T, a 1931 Model AA Bus or an Omnibus pulled by a team of horses. Of course, no visit is complete without a ride on the Weiser Railroad. The Village also hosts many special events throughout the year including Civil War reenactments and Historical Baseball games. The Eagle Tavern hosts "Slow Food" evenings several times a year featuring locally produced food-some from the Village's working farm! There is plenty of other food options throughout the Village as well.

The final attraction is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Rouge Factory is not only a monument to Henry Ford's innovation of the past, but also to future innovation. One of the most impressive features is the 10.4 acre living roof, which helps manage storm water. The Rouge Plant is a leader in the area of green design.

For hours, rates, schedules and directions for all three attractions visit The Henry Ford's website. You can also purchase tickets and memberships online. Check the schedule for special free admission days.

Consider starting a new family tradition with Hallowe'en Nights and Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Recently I have become passionate about supporting local business, agriculture and artisans. Let's be honest, Michigan has gotten a bad rap lately. All you ever hear about is our economy problems, our higher than average unemployment and auto industry bailouts, but there is so much good stuff here in Michigan! I intend to find the good stuff and bring it to you. Together we can help Michigan thrive once again!

I'll start by letting everyone know about a new group of artisans on Etsy. There's a team called the Michigan Trolls (full disclosure-I'm a member). If you want to see our products, just head on over and search "Michigan Trolls". The items are beautiful and varied. I'm sure you will find something to love!

I Took The Handmade Pledge!