Henry Ford works on historical preservation project. McGuffey readers are seen. Sketch of Ford family farm in Springwells, Michigan. View of homestead at the farm, that Ford restores. He examines the farm's steam engine. The historic Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which Ford purchased to construct a community of historic buildings. View of the restored Botsford Inn,Detroit, Michigan, that Ford bought in 1924.View of Eagle Tavern, in Clinton, Michigan,before,and,after its purchase and restoration by Henry Ford. Concerned about need for additional buildings to house artifacts, Henry Ford consulting with Detroit architect,Robert O. Derrick (with mustache) and two other men. Derrick's plan for the Henry Ford museum is unrolled. It borrows from Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the old City Hall in Philadelphia.Views of the Clock Tower and museum, as completed in 1929. A pictorial map of the Edison Institute Museum and Historical Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. View of construction begun in 1927. Thomas A. Edison laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, that Ford acquired for Greenfield Village. On a windy September 17, 1928, Thomas A. Edison steps from a car, and pauses before entering the doorway of his restored laboratory, in Greenfield Village. Henry and Mrs.Ford step from their car to quickly join him in the building.Edsel Ford and his wife, also follow. Inside the building, Edison officially open the site by starting a steam engine in the laboratory. Ford and Edison converse (Ford speaking close to Edison's ear, because he is hard of hearing). Later, Edison, in a cornerstone ceremony, imbeds, a shovel contributed by Luther Burbank, and then writes in cement of the cornerstone.Newspapers show coverage of the formal dedication of the museum and Greenfield village, October 21, 1929. Workers rushing the Village toward completion for that event. The Smithcreek Railroad depot is moved to the Village. Workers preparing installation of the depot.
Ford Motor Company film about the Rouge River Plants in Dearborn Michigan. Aerial view of Detroit Michigan, showing major city buildings and waterfront, with ships tied up. steam locomotive pulls a long passenger train along track passing through industrial area. Sidewalk scene in front of a hotel in Detroit, Michigan, where tourists are boarding a tour bus to take them to the Ford Company plants. The bus drives along streets of Detroit. Scene shifts to tour buses arriving at the Ford Motor Company Administration Building. The tourists leave their buses and walk to entrance of the Building. Visitors are seen seated inside the building as a tour guide addresses them. They all leave and reboard their busses. Aerial views of the Rouge River plants are seen from a low flying airplane (not shown). Smoke rises from numerous factory stacks. Ships and barges load and unload raw materials and waste products. A Stout Airlines Ford Trimotor airplane flies past the camera plane.It displays the number 12 on its tail. Views of electrified rail yard with an electric locomotive pulling freight cars. A steam locomotive moving backwards on a different track.
Film starts showing a man speaking through a megaphone. Next is an aerial view of the city of detroit, Michigan. This is followed by views of steam locomotives moving on railroads near the Ford Motor Company River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. One locomotive is pulling a long passenger train. People crowd sidewalk in front of the Cadillac Hotel on Washington Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan, where a bus has parked. View of people boarding the bus. Next, the bus is seen driving along the Boulevard. Then, two buses arrive and discharge passengers in front of the Ford Motor Company office building. Inside the building a Ford Company spokesman speaks to the visitors who are seated in a conference room. Folowing the briefing, they all stand and exit through the front door. Vview from inside one of the buses as of visitors reboard.
View of snow-covered iron mine area. (Ford Motor Company owned iron mines in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.), Ore bucket moves up incline to top of tipple. View from top of tipple. Ore ship under way at the dock. Large Hulett cranes unload ore from hold of ship at Ford River Rouge Plant in Michigan. Blast furnaces at the plant. Slag pours into large ladle on railroad car. Ladle cars with slag move through plant. Ladle cars tipping and pouring slag outside plant. Steam shovel scoops cooled slag and load it into railroad gondola. Workers shovel in yard. Tractor and cart move through yard. View of cement plant. Workers stacking bags of cement on truck and flat bed trailers. Loaded truck and trailers move away from loading ramp.
The Ford Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. A few men beside a biplane on an airfield, during the Ford Reliability Tour in Ford Airport. The pilot in the rear cockpit of the biplane. Other men stand outside the biplane. Aircraft in flight and aircraft on the airfield. An aircraft in low flight over the airfield. The aircraft in flight among the clouds over a wooded region. A large crowd gathered on the Ford Airport. An aircraft taxis on the airfield. The aircraft has the number '2' written on it. View of the front portion of the aircraft. Men stand under one of the wings of the aircraft. The men shake hands. People walk beside the aircraft. View of the aircraft on the airfield. A crowd gathered around the aircraft beside the airport building.
The Ford Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Few men beside a biplane on an airfield, during the Ford Reliability Tour. A group of men lift up a woman pilot. The woman pilot smiling, with other men. The men shake hands with the woman pilot. Other men behind them watch.