American Buildings

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The primary purpose of the filmstrip Greenfield Village: An Adventure in History , produced by the Department of Education of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Mich.), is to supply background and orientation for visits to the Village. The filmstrip fills this need admirably. It brings together the somewhat scattered restorations into a logical and meaningful account of American history. In addition, it also serves as an absorbing survey of American homes and their surroundings. Here, too, are examples from colonial to modern times. Illustrating changes in architectural style, however, is not the sole purpose of the buildings. Many of the structures are preserved in the Village because of their associations with notable personages: Noah Webster, William Holmes McGuffey, Lincoln, Stephen Foster, Edison, Luther Burbank, George Washington Carver, Steinmetz, the Wright brothers, and Henry Ford.

A visit to the national capital is available in the colorful views of the Life filmstrip, The Capitol—Symbol of Our Nation . In a rich variety of striking prints and photographs, one may witness the development of the capital city and the completion of the Capitol edifice. Camera views also show, in intimate detail, the Capitol’s lavish decorations and some of its important assembly places. The capital’s beauty is well documented in this compilation.