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While on a golf press trip to fabulous Michigan this past week, we visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.  The museum is about 45-60 minutes from Detroit.  I had no idea the museum existed prior to this trip and I’m glad to have experienced such a great place, full of so many historic artifacts not just related to the auto industry.

Henry Ford Museum

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Inside the Ford Museum were of course, lots of old Ford cars, like the Model T.  In addition to the cars there were other items related to the growth of industry , commerce, air travel, and technology.  Everything from locomotives to cotton gins to airplanes to machines used on the first Ford assembly lines to create parts for their cars.

Also in the museum is a whole section titled “With Liberty and Justice for All.”  Inside that section were all sorts of historic items related to freedom of speech, civil rights, independence, and equality for women.  A very special exhibit related to civil rights was the actual bus Rosa Parks rode in when she refused to move to the back of the bus in 1957.  I sat in the same seat.  It was quite humbling.

Rosa Parks Bus – click for more Ford Museum photos

The items I enjoyed the most were the Rosa Parks bus, full sized trains/locomotives and the presidential limousines.

If you are in Michigan, around the Detroit area, be sure to visit the Henry Ford Museum.  I did not spend enough time there and plan on going back soon to see all the great things I missed.

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