SOURCE: The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

October 19, 2009 16:30 ET

Two National Grants Awarded to The Henry Ford for Promising, Distinctive Educational Programs

America's Industrial Revolution and Teaching Tools for Our Future Recognized as Engaging, Educational Projects

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - The Henry Ford was recently awarded two national grants for outstanding educational projects. The Henry Ford received a fifth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers Grant, being the only organization in the state of Michigan to receive funding in this category this year. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour also received the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) 2009 Excellence in Green Building Education Incentive Grant for "Teaching Tools for Our Future: Green Building Design/Environmental Innovation at the Ford Rouge," a program designed to promote innovative green building curricula and the advancement of green principles within the educational community. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour grant is the national winner in the K-12 category.

"We are proud of the impact these programs are making in the realm of education," said Paula Gangopadhyay, Director of Education at The Henry Ford, who will be leading both grant projects. "These national endorsements help us reach our goal, providing a wide variety of learning for teachers and students."

The American Industrial Revolution workshop at The Henry Ford supports two, one-week Landmarks workshops on America's Industrial Revolution for 80 school teachers. This topic is interpreted through the historic buildings and collections throughout The Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, including Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory, Hermitage Plantation Slave Quarters, 1880s Firestone Farm, a working railroad roundhouse, and a 19th century printing office. Workshops offered by NEH provide the opportunity for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history with nationally-recognized guest scholars, master teachers and The Henry Ford's curators, educators and historians. These one-week academies give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical sites and the use of archival and other primary historical evidence. Upon conclusion of the workshops, teachers will incorporate these tools into lesson plans for use in their classrooms. Past participants found the programs to be educational, energizing and empowering.

The Incentive Grant provides support for The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, a LEED Gold Certified visitor center, to aid in the progress of the program and to promote the development of new green building curricula. With the support of USGBC, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour will develop a variety of educational tools geared toward a K-12 and youth audiences, including new onsite and online curriculum, classroom lesson plans, interactive tours and a variety of hands-on activities.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan, was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America's Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American experience to life. For more information, please visit our website www.thehenryford.org.

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