been said that Henry Ford changed the world we live in. Born in on July
30, 1863, his vision and perseverance shaped Ford Motor Company from
the very beginning, his focus on innovation and technology continue to
be at the very core of what we do. Selected by Fortune Magazine in 1999
as “Businessman of the Century” for his achievements as an entrepreneur,
his philosophy on life and business still apply today.
From his days as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to
his street racing career in turn-of-the-century Detroit, Henry Ford
never stopped learning. Check out the interactive timeline on www.HenryFord150.com to find out more about the founder of Ford Motor Company.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford
Miss the Henry Ford reenactors at this year’s North American
International Auto Show? Don’t live close enough to Dearborn, Michigan,
to take part in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford’s birth? Be sure
to catch “American Experience: Henry Ford and the American Dream”
on January 29, 2013, on your local PBS station. The two-hour
documentary explores our founder’s life and achievements. See your local PBS station listings for times.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford
Sure, we’ve all heard about how Henry Ford used the assembly line to
reduce the time it took to build a car from 12 hours to just one and a
half hours. But did you know he didn’t invent the assembly line?
Firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt used an assembly line to build guns
during the Civil War. What Mr. Ford did so successfully was to create a
demand for the very product his assembly-line workers were building by
paying them a higher wage while reducing the vehicle cost.
“To resent efficiency is the mark of inefficiency” – Henry Ford
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch Henry Ford’s words come to
life. Visitors to the Ford Rogue Factory can tour the Dearborn Truck
Plant, the Ford Motor Company state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
Learn about vertical integration; feel the heat of the blast furnaces,
hear the rumble of the huge stamping presses and watch as the F-150 is
built. Learn more at www.TheHenryFord.org.
Other Henry Ford sesquicentennial events include:
- Henry Ford: His Life and Times – Lectures by Russell Dore on
Henry Ford’s inventions, family and the ways he changed our world.
Various dates and locations in Michigan and Florida. See www.HenryFord150.com for details.
- Discovering Henry Ford shows at The Henry Ford – April-December.
A presenter-facilitated multimedia program using a large touch
screen monitor to access digital assets (movies, photos) in themed
20-minute shows (Henry Ford the Tinkerer, Henry Ford and the Model
- Henry’s T – Dramatic presentation at Greenfield Village -
May-August. Visitors will meet Henry Ford in this interactive
15-minute play and hear how he was inspired to build the world’s
universal car. Guests also will find out why the Model T was so
revolutionary and how Mr. Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work
enabled him to put the world on wheels.
- Henry Ford 150 Cruise – The Henry Ford Retirement Village, Dearborn, Michigan. – July
20, 2013. Watch 150 Model A, Model T and older Ford cars cruise from
the Henry Ford Retirement Village to Nankin Mills in nearby Westland,
- Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford - The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan -
July 27, 2013. This free community event will bring Henry Ford to
“life” and feature many of his little-known interests and
contributions. Enjoy a BBQ picnic cooked with charcoal briquettes – an
innovation of Mr. Ford’s, an avid outdoorsman.