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Henry Ford Museum changes its name to reflect focus on innovation

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Ol’ Henry’s name remains in that of the museum he founded, but now he shares it with a few more words, as museum officials revealed last week.

The decision to rename the Henry Ford Museum to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation came from a desire to “better serve our visitors,” according to a video statement released by Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford.

“The museum has always been about ideas and innovations that changed the world,” she said. “The name of the museum now directly reflects its focus. Innovation comes in many forms, whether it’s a technological idea, a social movement, or a new way of thinking. The museum’s core promise has always been to activate people’s imaginations and ignite that spark that is in each and every one of us to make a difference.”

The overall name of The Henry Ford – the Dearborn institution which includes the museum, Greenfield Village, the Rouge factory tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center – will remain the same.

No other changes to the museum were announced alongside the name change.

Founded in 1929 as the Edison Institute, Ford’s intention for the museum was to present “a true picture of the development of the country… and we’ll show the actual development of American industry from the early days, from the earliest days that we can recollect up to the present day.”

The institute, which initially comprised the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, and Greenfield Village Schools, opened to the public four years later and eventually became known as The Henry Ford. Among its collections are the Lincoln Continental limousine in which President Kennedy was assassinated, the city bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, a Chrysler Turbine car, a Weinermobile, and the 1906 Locomobile known as Old 16.

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