The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, in partnership with its friends at Madonna University, will host its first official Deaf Day on Sunday, March 15.
The event will feature ASL interpreted tours of the Ford Piquette avenue plant where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive revolution.
Almost unchanged since Henry Ford’s day, the plant is a three-story New England-style mill building. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum is located on the second and third floor of the building. The old plank floors are worn from the 12,000 Model Ts built on them, so guests should wear appropriate shoes for their visit. Guests will see Henry Ford’s office as it was in 1908 when he was on the cusp of fame and learn why it still matters today. On display is a selection of rare Detroit-built cars from the first decade of the 20th century, as well as the new dealership display, which depicts how a car dealership looked during the Model T era.
ASL Interpreters will be present at all points throughout the tour. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes beginning at the John Forster Theater inside the museum. There will be two time options for tours: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youths aged 5 to 17. Admission is free for children under 4.
David Flatt, executive director of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, sees the day as an extension of the museum’s mission to educate the public about the vital role the building played in early automotive history. “We’re looking forward to being able to extend our tours in this way, and we really hope to feature more ASL tours in the future as well,” said Flatt.