Conveying Progress: The Centennial of the Moving Assembly Line
One hundred years ago, Henry Ford and his engineers made a giant leap forward in industrial progress, launching the
world’s first manufacturing assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan. Not only did the moving assembly line revolutionize
manufacturing, it played a major role in the establishment of the modern economy and labor organizations, the rise of the
middle class and leisure pursuits, and the creation of good roads and suburban neighborhoods in America. This museum-quality
exhibition uses photographs, artifacts, and period film to explore the 1913 Model T assembly line and the wide-reaching
cause and effect relationships that transformed American society. The exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary
of the first Ford Model T factory in Louisville, Kentucky, and offers a contrasting overview of auto manufacturing today.
In addition, fairgoers can test their speed, dexterity, and skill with assembly line tools in the exhibition’s simulated
factory, open daily. Teaching materials—including student worksheets—are available for school group tours, connecting to
Core Content for Assessment in social studies.
Sponsored by Ford Louisville Assembly & UAW Local 862
War of 1812 Bicentennial and
Civil War Sesquicentennial
The commemorative periods for the War of 1812 and American Civil War anniversaries continue in 2013, with two panel exhibitions, “War Hawks & Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812” and “United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Kentucky and the Civil War +150.” In addition, living history reenactors will be on hand daily to interpret the lifeways of soldiers in both wars. The popular 30-minute musical production, “Brave Hunters from Kentucky,” returns to the Blue Ribbon Stage, exploring Kentucky’s War of 1812 story through song. In addition, a new 30-minute musical, “Forever Free,” will honor the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Discovery Farm offers close-up encounters with cattle, goats, llamas, sheep, horses, poultry, a sow and her litter, and other farm animals. This large exhibition in South Wing B also includes species-specific graphic panels and livestock learning stations, including touch screen computer games. Winning student entries in the Discovery Farm Video & PowerPoint Presentation Contest will be featured; and these multimedia projects will explore life on Kentucky livestock farms, as well as the experiences of Kentucky youth who raise livestock.
Middle/High School Questions
Discovery Farm is sponsored by Kentucky Pork Producers.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids, eat your meat and vegetables! Kids in the
Kitchen is a nutrition education program that emphasizes literacy, math, and
practical living applications. This program helps children see how important it
is to make good food choices and that food components together can make a big
difference in their health.
Kids in the Kitchen is sponsored by Kentucky Beef Producers.