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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn

Henry Ford's 100th birthday was in 1963. To celebrate that event the Ford Foundation granted 3 million dollars for the building of a library and the Ford Motor Company gave 15 acres of land on Michigan Avenue for the construction of the facility. It was finally dedicated in 1969. One of our favorite Michigan artists, Marshall Fredericks, sculpted Henry Ford's image in bronze which you see above mounted on a marble pedestal. The Rotunda Gallery inside the library displays various pieces of art. There is a 3-dimensional map of the US that was originally shown in the Ford Pavilion during the World's Fair in New York in 1964. The artist who designed it, Glen Michaels, also created the twisting staircase that connects all three floors in the library and the tapestry.

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