The Henry Ford Hosts the Big Read Dearborn Kickoff Event, March 8, 2014

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The Henry Ford hosts the Big Read Dearborn Kickoff Event, March 8, 2014. Event is free and open to the public inside Henry Ford Museum’s Promenade.

On March 8, 2014, The Henry Ford will host The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff, a free event taking place inside Henry Ford Museum’s Prechter Promenade and Anderson Theatre beginning at 11:00 a.m. In conjunction with the Dearborn Public Library and other community organizations, The Big Read Dearborn is a 10-week literary adventure that provides opportunities for children, teens and adults to discover Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

During the kickoff event, visitors can pick up a complementary copy of The Call of the Wild, hear a dramatic reading from the book by the Players Guild of Dearborn and enjoy a screening of Gold Rush with silent film star Charlie Chaplin. In the Promenade there will be a photo opportunity with real dog sled equipment and prospectors gear, a winter camping display by the Boy Scouts, a make and take activity for kids and a display of The Call of the Wild artwork from Dearborn Public Schools students.

The Big Read is a grant program from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Dearborn Public Library is one of 77 organizations that received a grant in May 2013 to host a Big Read program in their community.

From March 8 through May 17, 2014 there will be opportunities to discover the themes of The Call of the Wild through movies, book discussions, art activities, lectures, a photo contest and more. The book will also be integrated into the curriculum at several local schools. The program will wrap up with a special celebration at the Dearborn Public Library featuring activities for the whole community in May. For a complete list of The Big Read Dearborn events, visit    

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. Nearly two million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. For more information, please visit our website

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