AWARDS

Each year, the awards committee of the Henry Ford Heritage Association presents three distinctive awards to deserving honorees who, in the committee's opinion, have best exemplified the ideals set down in the HFHA mission statement : "To foster interest in the life and accomplishments of Henry Ford, and to preserve and interpret the landmarks associated with his life". The Friend of Ford Award, HFHA Book Award, and the HFHA Literary Award are presented at the annual HFHA - Henry Ford Birthday Celebration Dinner which takes place in July.

Henry Ford Heritage Association has the opportunity to present one book award to the newly published book we feel best embodies Henry Ford’s story.  Candidate books can center on Henry Ford, his family, or his accomplishments.  The award is presented at our annual dinner in July and the author is encouraged to be present and to offer the book for signing and sale.  The author or publisher is permitted to use our logo and year of the award as part of their advertising and on the cover of the book.  If you are interested in submitting a book to be considered for this award please download the HFHA – Book Award Application and follow the instructions.

2017

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Nancy Darga
Organization Friend of Ford Award: The Richmond Hill Historical Society and Convention & Visitors Bureau
Book Award: Chris Pendleton, Mike Cosden & Brent Newman – Edison and Ford in Florida
Service Award: Tom and Harriet Cole

2016

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Richard Kughn
Organization Friend of Ford Award: The MotorCities National Heritage Area
Book Award: A. J. Baime – The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War
Service Award: Joe and Carrie Adams

2015

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Rick Lindner
Organization Friend of Ford Award: Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Book Award: Dr. Jessie Swigger – “History Is Bunk”: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village


Service Award: Dolores Blaszczak
2015 HFHA Awards Press Release

2014

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Charles Davis Jr.
Organization Friend of Ford Award: Early Ford V8 Foundation & Museum
Book Award: Joan Schultz – An Unheralded Education: Learning by Doing in Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village Schools

Service Award: Ruth & Richard Gatza
2014 HFHA Awards Press Release

2013

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Robert C. Kreipke – Ford Motor Company Historian
Organization Friend of Ford Award: The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Book Award: Michele Wehrwein Albion –The Quotable Henry Ford
Service Award: Ruth Bruce

2012

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Peggy Campbell – Great Niece of Clara Bryant Ford
Organization Friend of Ford Award: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Book Award: Jennifer Czerwick-Ganem –Dearborn Inn (Images of America)
Service Award: Dennis Schwecke

2011

Individual Friend of Ford Award: Dr. Frank Gasiorek
Organization Friend of Ford Award: The Benson Ford Research Center
Book Award: Phillip W. Stewart for Henry Ford’s Moving Picture Show Volume One
Service Award: Louise Dudy

2010

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Jack Demmer
BOOK AWARD: Tim O’Callaghan – Ford in the Service of America: Mass Production for the Military During the World WarsSERVICE AWARD: Anna Kopcha

2009

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Bruce H. Simpson
ARTICLE AWARD: Sheryl James
BOOK AWARD: Howard Seagal
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: George DeAngelis

2008

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Michael Skinner
BOOK AWARD: Wayne State University Press
LITERARY AWARD: The HFHA Literary Award was not presented in 2008
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Linda Leggit – For her many years of service as the Legend Editor

2007

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Ford Motor Company Fund
BOOK AWARD: The HFHA Book Award was not presented in 2007
LITERARY AWARD: The HFHA Literary Award was not presented in 2007

2006

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Joe O’Neil
BOOK AWARD: The HFHA Book Award was not presented in 2006
LITERARY AWARD: Steven Watts – The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century

2005

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Bill Vicary
BOOK AWARD: Mr. Joe Cabadas (rt) , recipient of the 2005 HFHA Book Award for his book:
River Rouge: Ford’s Industrial Colossus

2004

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Mr. Tim O’Callaghan, recipient of the 2004 HFHA Friend of Ford Award. Presented for significant contributions to the preservation of the legacy left us by Henry Ford.
LITERARY AWARD: Crain’s Detroit Business , recipient of the 2004 HFHA Literary Award, for coverage of Ford Motor Company’s 100 years. Accepted by Keith Crain.
BOOK AWARD: Mr. Douglas Brinkley , recipient of the 2004 HFHA Book Award for his book:
Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress

2003

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Mr. Edsel Ford II. Presented for significant contributions to the preservation of the legacy left us by Henry Ford.
LITERARY AWARD: The HFHA Literary Award was not presented in 2003
BOOK AWARD: Mr. Ford R. Bryan, for his sixth book: Friends, Families & Forays: Scenes from the Life and Times of Henry Ford.

2002

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Mr. Dick Folsom, Ford historian and past President of the Henry Ford Heritage Association
LITERARY AWARD: Mr. Thomas McCarthy for his article entitled, Henry Ford, Industrial Ecologist or Industrial Conservationist? Waste Reduction and Recycling at the Rouge.
Published in the Fall 2001 issue of the MICHIGAN HISTORICAL REVIEW.
BOOK AWARD: Tim O’Callaghan, for his book entitled: The Aviation Legacy of Henry & Edsel Ford. published in 2000

2001

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD: Mr. Dick Duncan founder Jerome Duncan Ford, Sterling Heights , Michigan and the Ford “Memories” museum.
LITERARY AWARD: Mr. Phil Llewellin, Oswestry, England for his article entitled, After Henry: Touring Michigan In Search of reminders of Henry Ford, His Work and His Family. Special supplement to AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE- ELEVEN JOURNEYS IN SEARCH OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY’S PAST.

2000

                FRIEND OF FORD AWARD:  Donn Werling – Director of the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane from 1983 to 2002

1999

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD:  Marilyn & Dr. Jerald Mitchell – Owners of the Ford Edison Avenue home

1998

FRIEND OF FORD AWARD:  Dr. F. Leslie Long – Author of The Henry Ford Era at Richmond Hill, Georgia

1997

  FRIEND OF FORD AWARD:  Dr. David Lewis – THE expert on Henry Ford with over 3,000,000 words published

1996

    FRIEND OF FORD AWARD:  Ford Richardson Bryan – Author of 8 Ford related books