The Henry Ford Honors Lincoln’s Legacy During Civil War Remembrance in Greenfield Village Memorial Day Weekend

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More than 450 Re-enactors Bring Civil War History to Life May 23-25

Re-enactors gather for Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony inside Greenfield Village

This Memorial Day Weekend become a part of living history as Union and Confederate re-enactors, bustling camps and period music enliven all of Greenfield Village for Civil War Remembrance, May 23-25. Get inspired by the most authentic display of Civil War re-enactors in the country as they immerse visitors in life during wartime. Greenfield Village hours will be extended on Saturday, May 23rd until 9 p.m.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the events that defined the end of the war, from the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to the assassination of President Lincoln, all taking place in April 1865. In honor of those events, see rarely seen artifacts associated with President Lincoln’s assassination inside the Village Pavilion throughout the weekend, hear special presentations on how the nation mourned his loss and also learn more about the chair he was sitting in on that fateful day that now sits inside Henry Ford Museum.

Throughout the weekend, learn more about the resourcefulness of soldiers and watch Union and Confederate re-enactors take part in cavalry, artillery firing and tactical demonstrations at Walnut Grove. Visit the Village Pavilion, the designated Civil War Resource Center for special presentations from historians, a chance to research your ancestors and get a closer look at the clothing from that time period. Near Town Hall listen as the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, the Picks & Sticks Stringband, the Dodworth Duo and the North Star Gospel Chorale take the stage to perform music from that era.

On Monday, The Henry Ford will host the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony on the Village Green starting at 12pm and will participate in a National Moment of Silence at 3pm signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle.

Admission to Civil War Remembrance is free with membership or $25 for adults, $22.50 for seniors 62 and up and $18.50 for youth 5-12. Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or 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 representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 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. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website

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