AASLH Annual Meeting: Don’t Miss the Unconference at The Henry Ford

by Ryan Spencer, Senior Manager of Interpretation and Agriculture, The Henry Ford on

I’m so excited for the membership of AASLH and MMA to visit The Henry Ford during the 2016 Annual Conference. On Saturday, September 17, conference attendees will have an opportunity to explore The Henry Ford and its 26 million artifacts documenting America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation. Board the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Walk through Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory where he developed the phonograph and the first practical incandescent lightbulb. Ride in an authentic Ford Model T or take a tour of Greenfield Village on an historic steam train. Be sure to take advantage of special programming designed specifically for you:


Insider Sessions

There’s Only One Greenfield VillageDonna Braden, Curator of Public Life

It’s an outdoor collection of buildings but there’s no other outdoor museum like it. Curator Donna Braden, working on a new guidebook for The Henry Ford, has dusted off some long-known stories and uncovered some new ones. Capacity: 100 participants.


Event Photography by KMS Photography

The Henry Ford’s Digital Platform— Ellice Engdahl, Digital Collections & Content Manager. Capacity: 350 participants.

Get an insider’s look at The Henry Ford’s cutting-edge work in digital and new media, including web, mobile, and on-site experiences. Learn about our successes and struggles.


Detroit 1967, 50 years later Brian Wilson, Digital Access and Preservation Archivist

Join archivist Brian Wilson as he discusses The Henry Ford’s collections relating to the 1967 Race Riots and the social unrest that changed and continues to challenge Detroit. Capacity: 100 participants.


 Henry Ford Museum— a National Museum of American Innovation— by Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford and Christian Øverland, Executive Vice President

Henry Ford Museum showcases the American ideas and innovations, technological and social, that have fired our imaginations and changed our lives. Learn how The Henry Ford is leveraging this one-of-a-kind Archive of American Innovation to inspire future generations.

Legacy Lobby  at The Ford Rouge Factory Tour - The Henry Ford

Special Access Opportunities

Behind the Scenes Tour- Benson Ford Research Center

Step behind the scenes of the knowledge hub of The Henry Ford. This is the home of archives, record and collections that document the American experience. Here, you’ll find Thomas Edison’s research papers, Henry Ford’s personal correspondence and millions of photographs, toys, textiles, recordings and all manner of media that inform and inspire many of our most groundbreaking exhibitions.


Museum Insider’s Tour

Discover insider info about iconic artifacts during this one-hour tour of Henry Ford Museum.


Henry Ford Museum Tactile Tour

Modeled after the Henry Ford Museum Insider’s Tour, the Henry Ford Museum Tactile Tour is designed for guests who are blind or visually impaired. It introduces guests to the highlights of Henry Ford Museum, provides background and context on our collections and incorporates opportunities to touch various artifacts and models of artifacts located throughout the museum.

Learn more about The Henry Ford at


2 Responses to “AASLH Annual Meeting: Don’t Miss the Unconference at The Henry Ford”

  1. June 27, 2016 at 8:30 am, Focusing On Guests with Special Needs: Examples and Insights from The Henry Ford | AASLH Blogs said:

    […] The Henry Ford Un-Conference, Annual Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about and participate in our […]


  2. July 11, 2016 at 5:11 pm, Dodge vs. Ford: The Ways They Lived and Worked (#AASLHMMA2016 Tour Spotlight) | AASLH Blogs said:

    […] 17 from 8:30-1:00 pm. Tickets are $35. Guests will have the option to be transported to the Unconference at The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village after the […]


Leave a Reply to Dodge vs. Ford: The Ways They Lived and Worked (#AASLHMMA2016 Tour Spotlight) | AASLH Blogs Cancel reply