Despite Henry Ford’s success, he never forgot his rural upbringing and was passionate about collecting artifacts from the pre- and early-industrial revolution. He wanted to collect and preserve relics of the past that represented ordinary Americans’ day-to-day lives. This was the type of history that Ford believed was useful.
“We’re going to start something. I’m going to start up a museum and give people a true picture of the development of the country. That’s the only history that is worth observing, that you can preserve in itself. We’re going to build a museum that’s going to show industrial history, and it won’t be bunk! We’ll show the people what actually existed in years gone by 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.”1 – Source
After many years of collecting and planning what is now known as The Henry Ford, the museum opened on October 21, 1929. He dedicated the museum to his good friend, Thomas Edison.