Kent had business in the Detroit, MI area, so we drove the 2-1/2 hours to Dearborn and first visited the Henry Ford Museum.
|Henry Ford statue|
The Maker Faire, in collaboration with Make Magazine, is sort of a tech-influenced DIY (Do It Yourself) festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness for inventors, hobbyists, students, or anyone. Model rockets were being launched on the front lawn of the museum.
The front parking lots was completely covered with tents and exhibits. We received a pair of geek glasses and could put our choice of tape around the bridge.
|A power sander race vehicle|
|Power Tool Drag Race|
|Robotic candy dispenser|
(you could choose which Hersheys bite-size bar you wanted)
|Henry Ford Museum building (1929)|
designed by architect Robert O Derrick
You might think the Henry Ford Museum would be about Henry Ford, rather it was built to house Henry Ford's collections including tangible evidence of America’s pre- and early industrial history, starting with items associated with his friend, Thomas A Edison. There are also watches and clocks with which Henry Ford loved to tinker.
The Driving America section took up nearly one third of the building.
|Chesapeake & Ohio H-8 “Allegheny” Steam Locomotive #1601,|
2-6-6-6 Type, Lima Locomotive Works, 1941
|Porky Pig and Petunia are manning the hand car|
|1923 Canadian Pacific snowplow|
1975 FMC Motorcoach used by Charles Kuralt
for his "On the Road" television show
|1961 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible|
used by President John F Kennedy
|Child car seats through the ages|
The With Liberty and Justice for All section had some surprising items.
|George Washington slept here (his camp bed and chest)|
|Plaster cast of Harriet Beecher Stowe|
|The Ford Theater seat in which|
President Abraham Lincoln was shot
|The bus where Rosa Parks made her stand|
by remaining seated rather than give her place to a white man
The Your Place in Time section showed mostly furniture and toys from the 1890s to the 1980s.
The Museum Gallery now contains the Dymaxion House.
There were also small collections of clocks and jewelry.
Next Detroit 2014 II.
|Dymaxion House designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller|
A large section of Agriculture machinery, and finally the Fully Furnished section with a miscellaneous collection.
|Writing desk of Edgar Allen Poe|
Next Detroit 2014 II.