The Dearborn Historical Museum’s Gift Shop is located at the McFadden-Ross House and is open during the Museum’s regular business hours. We sell a variety of antique and interesting home goods as well as books relevant to the history of the Dearborn area.
We are also offering a variety of ornaments for the holiday season, based on 3 iconic Dearborn buildings: Fordson High School, the Ford Rotunda, and the Wagner Hotel!
Below are some of the books that we offer at the Museum, many of which have been written by our friends and supporters. These books are available online as well as in the gift shop.
The Ford Homes: Assembling a Neighborhood
This book originally began as a visual presentation of the exteriors of homes. However, as I continued the process of putting this together, I found that the outsides only showed part of the story. People are the other necessary ingredient in a book celebrating the centenary of this area’s existence. Not only was it appropriate to include pictures of families but it was also necessary to tell some stories of the homes and the people who lives here and have lived here.
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Before Fair Lane
Dearborn is enriched by a history of its people and the homes in which they have lived. Our most notable resident, Henry Ford, had a castle he named Fair Lane, which provides the reference point in the title of this book. While the rest of the city’s populace did not approach the wealth of our homegrown automotive magnate, many of them had delightful homes in which they took respite not only in Henry Ford’s day but also in the years preceding him. Some of the homes features in this book are masterpieces of design. Others are humble, but each remains for its inhabitants a place of shelter and comfort.
This book is meant to preserve images of homes that exist today but might in the future be torn down for new homes. This book is also meant to provide reminders of those homes that are long gone but reflect a sense of “Old Dearborn.” There are some stories as well.
Throughout its existence, Dearborn has been a pioneer settlement, a multicultural hub, a college town, a major tourism center and a world-renowned industrial city. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors, significant structures have been lost to time. Almost all of the eleven U.S. Arsenal complex buildings have disappeared since the arsenal was closed in 1875. The hallways of the Edison School and Oxford School still live on in the hearts of their students but were razed long ago. Even beloved edifices such as the Ford Rotunda and the Ford Motor Company Administration building, built by Dearborn’s favorite son, Henry Ford, are now only a memory. Author Craig E. Hutchison endeavors to immortalize the important foundational building blocks of an evolving city.
The Museum Guild of Dearborn has been able to obtain copies of what we thought was the sold-out “Best of Dearborn Stories Volume 1.” Because of this great find, for this one-time offer, you can purchase volume 1 along with Volumes 2 and 3 as a set for the discounted price of $50.00. This offer is available on-line or at the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady Street, Dearborn, 48124.
If you want to purchase the set online, click here to make a donation of $50 and specify that it is for the Best of Dearborn Stories Special Offer. All proceeds benefit the Dearborn Historical Museum.
Best Dearborn Stories III
Voices From Henry Ford’s Hometown.
This book contains stories authored by you, the citizen with a story to tell. What a great book for remembering and reminiscing about life in Dearborn. This book is published by the Museum Guild of Dearborn, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which makes your purchase tax deductible. A tremendous holiday gift and a great way to support the Dearborn Historical Museum.
Best Dearborn Stories II
Voices From Henry Ford’s Hometown.
This book contains over a 150 stories authored by you, the citizen with a story to tell. What a great book for remembering and reminiscing about life in Dearborn. This book is published by the Museum Guild of Dearborn, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which makes your purchase tax deductible. What a great way to help support the Dearborn Historical Museum.
Located on the banks of the Rouge River just ten miles from Detroit, the city of Dearborn began as a humble pioneer settlement in the 1780s. Over the course of two centuries, it has developed into a close-knit community, a college town, a major tourism center, and a world-famous industrial city. Through an impressive collection of photographs drawn from the Dearborn Historical Museum, Images of America: Dearborn, Michigan documents the influential people, places, and events that have shaped Dearborn’s rich history. This book traces Dearborn’s spirit of innovation through engaging glimpses of the 19th century U.S. Arsenal, the historic River Rouge Plant, Mayor Hubbard’s lasting influence, and the legacy of Henry Ford. From the European settlers who first settled on the banks of the Rouge, to the streets, buildings, and schools that were named for them, Dearborn is revealed as a vibrant urban community with a strong sense of civic pride.
A graphic and thrilling description of real pioneer life in the wilderness of Michigan! Written by William Nowlin, one of the pioneers who came to the area with his family from the Hudson Valley in 1834. The struggles and hardships of life in the woods, noted by isolation and the need to be self-sufficient, are colorfully portrayed.