Join Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday Celebration!

It’s been said that Henry Ford changed the world we live in. Born in on July 30, 1863, his vision and perseverance shaped Ford Motor Company from the very beginning, his focus on innovation and technology continue to be at the very core of what we do. Selected by Fortune Magazine in 1999 as “Businessman of the Century” for his achievements as an entrepreneur, his philosophy on life and business still apply today.

From his days as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to his street racing career in turn-of-the-century Detroit, Henry Ford never stopped learning. Check out the interactive timeline on to find out more about the founder of Ford Motor Company.

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford

Miss the Henry Ford reenactors at this year’s North American International Auto Show? Don’t live close enough to Dearborn, Michigan, to take part in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford’s birth? Be sure to catch “American Experience: Henry Ford and the American Dream” on January 29, 2013, on your local PBS station. The two-hour documentary explores our founder’s life and achievements. See your local PBS station listings for times.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford

Sure, we’ve all heard about how Henry Ford used the assembly line to reduce the time it took to build a car from 12 hours to just one and a half hours. But did you know he didn’t invent the assembly line? Firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt used an assembly line to build guns during the Civil War. What Mr. Ford did so successfully was to create a demand for the very product his assembly-line workers were building by paying them a higher wage while reducing the vehicle cost.

“To resent efficiency is the mark of inefficiency” – Henry Ford

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch Henry Ford’s words come to life. Visitors to the Ford Rogue Factory can tour the Dearborn Truck Plant, the Ford Motor Company state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Learn about vertical integration; feel the heat of the blast furnaces, hear the rumble of the huge stamping presses and watch as the F-150 is built. Learn more at

Other Henry Ford sesquicentennial events include:

  • Henry Ford: His Life and Times – Lectures by Russell Dore on Henry Ford’s inventions, family and the ways he changed our world. Various dates and locations in Michigan and Florida. See for details.
  • Discovering Henry Ford shows at The Henry Ford – April-December. A presenter-facilitated multimedia program using a large touch screen monitor to access digital assets (movies, photos) in themed 20-minute shows (Henry Ford the Tinkerer, Henry Ford and the Model T).
  • Henry’s T – Dramatic presentation at Greenfield Village - May-August. 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 Mr. Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work enabled him to put the world on wheels.
  • Henry Ford 150 Cruise – The Henry Ford Retirement Village, Dearborn, Michigan. – July 20, 2013. Watch 150 Model A, Model T and older Ford cars cruise from the Henry Ford Retirement Village to Nankin Mills in nearby Westland, Michigan.
  • Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford - The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan - July 27, 2013. This free community event will bring Henry Ford to “life” and feature many of his little-known interests and contributions. Enjoy a BBQ picnic cooked with charcoal briquettes – an innovation of Mr. Ford’s, an avid outdoorsman.

Make a Little History of Your Own

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Joshua M great history to do report on...God bless him for ford...
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Lersak J Completely agree with Henry Ford on his statement, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are", but in reality Ford Thailand has failed to take note of HF's statement. I considered myself as Ford's loyal customer. Having used three Ford cars for over two decades. The first two were Mondeos and the current one is Focus. Ford Thailand's services are utterly disappointing, I'm now waiting for a complete set of "engine rubber bushing" and have been told that the part is not available in the inventory and no idea when it will be available. Very true as it is.....“You can’t build a reputation on what you are."
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lardy m Ford continues to amaze me I can,t understand why you would stop making the Ford Ranger I've owned four Ford Rangers and loved everyone of them Please tell me how did you come to the conclusion to stop making this truck? what are Ford thinking? Also I own a 2004 Lincoln LS And it sadden me to see a Lincoln dealership with all the Ford car on the front lot of a Lincoln dealership. Lincoln will never be considered a luxury car until it is totally seperated from Ford Lincoln is coming out with the new MKZ you have got to break your ties with Ford I just don't understand this company thinking you say you want a stand alone brand but you build your Lincoln dealership right beside a Ford dealershhip this kills the Lincoln brand I don't want my new Lincoln to be considered a Ford Thank You Lardy Manson
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