With the success of the Model T and the assembly line, Henry Ford was in the business of making history and mobilizing the 20th century. By the time he opened his museum in 1929, Ford had amassed tens of thousands of seemingly ordinary objects to document the genius of ordinary people. Rows of cast iron stoves, an endless parade of planes, trains, automobiles, tractors, cotton pickers. George Washington’s cot, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park “invention factory,” an entire Americana “village” – all designed to represent innovation, imagination, ingenuity made in America. General Topics: American History, Industry, and Culture.