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Westland in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“Learning by Doing”

at Ford's Nankin Mill Schoolhouse

 
 
"Learning by Doing" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
1. "Learning by Doing" Marker
Inscription.
Henry Ford established this one-room schoolhouse
for children of workers at his nearby Nankin Mill village industry plant producing automotive parts. The rural school operated from 1937 to 1946 as part of Ford's Edison Institute School System, encouraging "learning by doing." Beyond the basics like reading, writing, and math, subjects included vocational skills, health classes and etiquette. Students maintained garden plots, and they enjoyed swimming and skating on the nearby Nankin millpond. In addition to building the school, Henry Ford paid teachers salaries, school taxes and student medical and dental expenses.

You Auto Know
During the 1930s, Ford operated 23 rural schools, some as far away as Massachusetts and Georgia.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.062′ N, 83° 22.32′ W. Marker is in Westland, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Ann Arbor Trail and Edward N Hines Drive, on the right when traveling west on Ann Arbor Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland MI 48185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
<i>Upper left image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
2. Upper left image
Students and teachers in front of the Nankin School, 1942. Photo from the Collection of The Henry Ford.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nankin Millers House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nankin Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Nankin Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chief Tonquish Burial Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Perrinsville School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Perrinsville (approx. 1.2 miles away); Newburgh Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); A Nankin Pioneer (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westland.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Unique Educational Vision. (Submitted on August 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. School that Ford built makes move to new home in Livonia. Detroit News article about the move of the Nankin School. (Submitted on October 26, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
<i>Lower left image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
3. Lower left image
The original one-room schoolhouse has been preserved, despite the demolition in early 2011 of the attached Old Perrinville School by Livonia Public Schools.
<i>Upper right image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
4. Upper right image
Students playing with marbles outside the Nankin School, 1938. Photo from the Collections of The Henry Ford.
<i>Lower right image</i> image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
5. Lower right image
A morning flag-raising ceremony in front of the school, 1937. Photo from the Collections of The Henry Ford.
"Learning by Doing" Marker and Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
6. "Learning by Doing" Marker and Schoolhouse
Nankin Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2016
7. Nankin Schoolhouse
"Learning by Doing" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 21, 2016
8. "Learning by Doing" Marker
Nankin Schoolhouse was at the northeast corner of Edward Hines Drive and Ann Arbor Trail. In this photo, the school has been moved to the north end of the block in preparation for a move to Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia — 14 miles away.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   8. submitted on October 26, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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