Group contributes $5,000 to preservation and education programs at Henry Ford Estate
April 28, 2008
DEARBORN / April 28, 2008---Alumni of the Henry Ford Trade School met with the advisory committee of the Henry Ford Estate on April 15 and delivered a gift of $5,000 to support preservation of the Estate and Henry Ford's legacy of education.
Harold Promo, president of the board of trustees of the Henry Ford Trade School alumni association (center), presented the check to Chancellor Daniel Little (left) and Peggy Campbell, a grand-niece of Henry and Clara Ford and chair of the Henry Ford Estate Advisory Committee chair (right).
“We’re very appreciative and always keep in mind how fortunate we were to be chosen to attend the Henry Ford Trade School,” Promo said.
The Henry Ford Trade School, which opened in 1916, was planned to give needy boys an opportunity to help support themselves and to learn a trade that would be useful in adult life, according to an article in the Detroit News.
“Ford believed that the American worker had lost the use of his hands and his trade school would teach the boys to use their hands as well as their heads, just as Henry Ford had taught himself to do,” the article said. “Ford, an ardent supporter of education, opened 54 other educational facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.”
The school graduated more than 8,000 tradesmen before it closed in 1952. Six members of the school’s alumni association attended the event last week, including Promo, Jack Accurso, George Banda, Harold Dickieson, John Graf, Thomas Waling and Dennis Waling.
“The gift is wonderful, but the important thing is that you are part of keeping this amazing Ford legacy alive,” Campbell told the members of the group.