DEARBORN — A key part of Ford’s heritage returns home as a Model A built in 1903 is again with the Ford family, kicking off the yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford.
Considered the oldest surviving Ford vehicle, the 1903 Model A was unveiled today to Ford employees by Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who purchased the vehicle at an auction in Oct.
“The timing was perfect to bring this key part of Ford heritage back to the family as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of my great-grandfather’s birth and his vision to improve people’s lives by making cars affordable for the average family,” said Bill Ford. “His vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today as well.”
MotorCities National Heritage Area and the Henry Ford Heritage Association teamed up with more than 30 Henry Ford-related collaborators to coordinate the yearlong celebration of events. These activities, highlighting Ford’s legacy, contributions and influence, include tours, educational programming, dramatic re-enactments, lectures, integration and special events at auto shows and more.
A dedicated website launched, henryford150.com, that includes an interactive timeline of Ford’s life, tours, a calendar of 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford’s heritage.
Henry Ford’s 150th legacy will be celebrated in 2013 through a variety of events. Some of these include:
• Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford – July 27, The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane. This free community event will bring Henry Ford to life and feature many of his little-known interests and contributions.
• Maker Faire – July 27-28, The Henry Ford. A two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. This year’s celebration of the maker movement will include a special program to recognize innovators.
• Discovering Henry Ford shows at The Henry Ford – April-Dec. A presenter-facilitated multimedia program using a large touch screen monitor to access digital assets in themed 20-minute shows
• Henry’s T: Dramatic presentation at Greenfield Village – May-Aug. 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 Henry Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work enabled him to put the world on wheels.