2007 Library News

Henry Ford Visits MLS Libraries

He was building and racing cars by 1901.  He ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign in 1918.  He built factories, schools, and museums.  He used soy bean-based plastic as the main component of automobile parts.  He’s Henry Ford.

And he’ll be visiting Metropolitan Library System locations in April as historical re-enactor Hank Fincken portrays Henry Ford in the one-man production “Henry Ford: Fit to a T.”  Performances of the program will take place at the Downtown, Warr Acres, Midwest City, Edmond, and Belle Isle libraries on April 22, 23, and 24.

“It's 1932,” writes Fincken.  “Unemployment is rampant, union/management confrontations are on the rise, and fascism seems a viable political alternative. Henry Ford, who put the world on wheels, thinks he has found a solution.”

Ken Busby, of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, wrote of Fincken that he “has great theatrical ability and stage presence, in addition to providing detailed scholarship.  He is knowledgeable, affable, and relates well to audiences.”

A national theatre company of one, Fincken has also written one-man plays about Christopher Columbus and Thomas Edison, among others.

“Come join this interactive play,” said Midwest City librarian Rich Antonisse, “as performer Hank Fincken brings Henry Ford ‘to life’ in all his controversial complexity.”

 Pre-registration is not required but seating is limited so plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the performance to be seated.  All performances are free and open to the public.

Scheduled performances are at the Downtown Library on Sunday, April 22, from  2:00pm-4:00pm ;

At Warr Acres Library on Monday, April 23, from 4:00pm-5:30pm;

At Midwest City Library on Monday, April 23, from 7:00pm-8:30pm;

At Edmond Library on Tuesday, April 24, from 1:00pm-2:30pm;

And at Belle Isle Library on Tuesday, April 24, from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

            Call 606-3835 for more information.

“Henry Ford: Fit to a T”  is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org