Dearborn Arsenal Historic Homes Book

We Need Your Help to Raise Edsel Ruddiman From the Dead, Bring Francis Jehl to Life, and Spread the Word About Reverend William Dawe.

Simply Put: We Need Your Help to Preserve History.  

We are the Museum Guild of Dearborn. We’ve researched some 342 old homes and buildings in Dearborn’s Arsenal and Riverbend Districts. We discovered that many are historic with rich histories.

Edsel Ruddiman was one of Henry Ford’s best friends. Mr. and Mrs. Ford named their only son after him.

Francis Jehl was Thomas Edison’s lab assistant and was at Edison’s side at the successful lighting of his invention, the light bulb.

Reverend Dawe’s congregation was in Dearborn. He too knew Henry Ford. In fact, he was the president of the “Henry Ford for President Club.”

Altogether, nine researchers have spent countless hours digging into the stories of Ford relatives, associates, local officials and the common man in these two districts.  

We have many more stories to tell in the forthcoming book Stories From the Sidewalk. The book features a color photograph of each property along with a short summary of its importance. But, we need your help to raise $8,000 to publish the book. Reasonably priced at $30 per copy, all sales of this hardcover book will go towards the support of the Dearborn Historical Museum.

Please help us to tell the story of Dearborn and preserve its history. 

Thank you for your support and your love of history. And also, please help us get the word out and share this with your family and friends as well as on Facebook.

The Edsel Ruddiman House
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Year Built: 1928



The Francis Jehl House
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Year Built: 1932



Reverend William Dawe House
Architectural Style: Craftsman Bungalow
Year Built: 1922


Richard Danes
Dearborn, MI
Museum Guild of Dearborn
Registered nonprofit
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