Sustaining a heritage – Family gives $35M to Ford museum

William Clay Ford, the last living grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, has donated $25 million to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Michigan.

Ford’s gift is the single largest contribution to the world’s largest indoor/outdoor museum.  The gift will be used to develop a new generation of exhibitions, as well as the infrastructure to support them.

Ford’s gift followed the completion of the institution’s $41.3 million capital campaign. The children of Benson Ford Sr., William Clay Ford’s late brother, added a gift of $10 million.  Their gift will fund the “Benson Ford Research Center” on the Museum and Village campus.

These recent gifts put the institution at the halfway mark of its long-term goal to raise $150 million. 

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