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Living Under Enslavement at Hermitage
In this interactive module, explore artifacts, stories and the cramped quarters of an enslaved carpenter.


Colonial Family and Community
This online interactive module investigates the daily lives of a colonial family.

family & community life
In Greenfield Village, we recreate the lives of people who lived in different eras, different regions, different socio-economic classes and different races and ethnic backgrounds. We bring history to life.
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working farms
Experience life on the farm in Greenfield Village. Whether tending a flock of merino sheep and canning homegrown vegetables at Firestone Farm or gathering herbs and spinning wool at Daggett Farm, working the land is the way most Americans used to live.
liberty craftworks
This village within a village includes eight small shops gathered around a picturesque mill pond. Step inside and see dozens of artisans – glassblowers, potters, tinsmiths – handcrafting work with techniques that are centuries old.
one-room school program
Students will step into the shoes of children growing up in rural America in the 19th century. Reserve a day for your class at the rustic Miller or McGuffey schoolhouse for the ultimate reality field trip.
dramatic presentations
Meet Huckleberry Finn, one of Mark Twain’s most beloved characters. Experience the inspiring lessons from the distinctive Gullah culture of the Georgia sea islands. Or listen to Tally, the cook at the Susquehanna Plantation, share uplifting songs and stories.
family & community life
working farms
liberty craftworks
one-room school program
dramatic presentations
Family & Community Life
Onsite Programs
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Dramatic presentation in Greenfield Village. Meet young Laura Ingalls before she became a teacher in this 15-minute show celebrating Little Town on the Prairie. Hear some of Laura’s favorite stories about her family’s time in DeSmet, South Dakota including the return of Nellie Oleson and the first time she met Almanzo Wilder. (Near Scotch Settlement School)   View Website   View Summary
 
The Henry Ford offers amazing camp experiences. Discovery Camp® is our week-long history-based camps for children going into the 2nd through 9th grade. Each level has its own theme and related crafts and activities.   View Summary
 
Dramatic Presentation in Greenfield Village. Favorite stories from Mark Twain's book come alive in this 15-minute show.    View Website   View Summary
 
Dramatic Presentation in Greenfield Village. Inspiring and sobering 15-minute program about life for enslaved people.    View Website   View Summary
Field Trip Enhancements
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Expectations and tips for chaperones on field trips to The Henry Ford.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Self-guided itinerary. Focus on buildings in Greenfield Village that highlight aspects of family and community life. Enrich your field trip experience with these “for the teachers, by the teachers” itineraries created by The Henry Ford 2009 Teacher Fellows.    Get Document   View Summary
 
Scavenger Hunt in Greenfield Village. Explore one-room schools and buildings related to education through featured artifacts, drawing, vocabulary, and questions for writing and discussion. Includes a tip sheet for parents/teachers/chaperones.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Scavenger Hunt in Greenfield Village. Explore the glass, pottery, print, and weaving shops through featured artifacts, drawing, vocabulary, and questions for writing and discussion. Includes a tip sheet for parents/teachers/chaperones.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Scavenger Hunt in Greenfield Village. Explore Daggett Farmhouse, Susquehanna Plantation, Hermitage Slave Quarters, and Firestone Farm through featured artifacts, drawing, vocabulary, and questions for writing and discussion. Includes a tip sheet for parents/teachers/chaperones.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Scavenger Hunt in Henry Ford Museum. Explore the exhibit "Your Place in Time" through featured artifacts, drawing, vocabulary, and questions for writing and discussion. Includes a tip sheet for parents/teachers/chaperones.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Self-guided itinerary. Focus on U.S. migration from rural to urban life from 1800-1900. Enrich your field trip experience with these “for the teachers, by the teachers” itineraries created by The Henry Ford 2009 Teacher Fellows.    Get Document   View Summary
 
Self-guided Activity in Greenfield Village. Reserve a day in one of our two 19th-century schoolhouses to help students compare life in the past to life today.    View Website   View Summary
 
Guide for Greenfield Village One-Room School Program downloadable online. Includes historical background and pre-, post-, and during visit suggestions, curriculum connections, and full bibliography.    Get Document   View Summary
 
Self-guided itinerary. Focus on the changes in technology and the lives of women from the colonial era to the early 20th century. Enrich your field trip experience with these “for the teachers, by the teachers” itineraries created by The Henry Ford 2009 Teacher Fellows.    Get Document   View Summary
Classroom Resources
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Online Interactive Module. Investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family living in northeastern Connecticut.    View Website   View Summary
 
Online Exhibit. The photographers of the Detroit Publishing Company, founded in 1895, brought the world to everyone's living room.   View Website   View Summary
 
Online Exhibit of The Henry Ford's historic costume collection. Much can be learned about societies and individuals by examining the way clothing was made and what people wore.    View Website   View Summary
 
Lesson plans. Select lesson plans that most directly support The Henry Ford’s educational theme “Science and Technology.” Created by participants in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers: America’s Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford, 2009, 2010, 2011   Get Document   View Summary
 
Educational materials supplementing the IMAX film Jerusalem. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home.    View Website   View Summary
 
Educational Resources related to the IMAX film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.   Get Document   View Summary
 
Interactive Module. Explore artifacts, stories and the cramped quarters of an enslaved carpenter at Georgia's Hermitage Plantation.   View Website   View Summary
 
Guide for Greenfield Village One-Room School Program downloadable online. Includes historical background and pre-, post-, and during visit suggestions, curriculum connections, and full bibliography.    Get Document   View Summary
 
Online Exhibit. Each month, our curators choose unique and interesting items from our collection to showcase.   View Website   View Summary
 
Online Exhibit. Explore the toys,games and dolls children played with in the past and what parents did – or didn’t – consider important about their children’s playthings. See how advances in technology changed toys.   View Website   View Summary
 
Teacher materials to accompany Toys online exhibit. Includes activities, other resources and bibliography.    View Website   View Summary
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