Gerald R. Ford Museum
Exhibits, Events, Education Center

303 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-254-0400 (tel)
616-254-0386 (fax)

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Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sundays
(Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Days)

Gerald R. Ford Library
Research, Events, Small Exhibits

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-205-0555 (tel)
734-205-0571 (fax)

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Hours: 8:45am-4:45pm (Mon-Fri)
(Closed Federal Holidays)

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
and Exhibits Calendar

For information on events at the Ford Museum (Grand Rapids, Michigan) call (616) 254-0400

For information on events at the Ford Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) call
(734) 205-0555
Support for programming provided by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

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Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier
Opening July 14, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS -- For one hundred years, aircraft carriers have launched their planes over the seas, assuring the fleet and soldiers ashore air superiority and support in the far-flung corners of the map, where leaders determine our interests are at risk.  They are the largest, most powerful warships ever to plow the waves, monuments to our nation's strength, ready to respond to crises abroad.  The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum offers Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier, an exhibit that explores the development of this unique ship and the role it plays in projecting our nation's influence abroad.  From the first efforts at the close of the First World War, to the central role the carrier played in winning World War II, to the newest super-carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, the exhibit offers key artifacts, documents, and video of the rise of the American carrier.


The Remarkable Lives and Times of Gerald and Betty Ford
In the Lobby

ANN ARBOR -- Mrs. Ford's life is celebrated with a special exhibit featuring meticulous reproductions of three historic dresses, plus artifacts and photos.  President Ford's life is told through a permanent exhibit of over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film.  Visitors also can see the office Mr. Ford used during his post-presidential visits to the Library.  This lobby exhibit in Ann Arbor has free admission. 



Museums Free For All
Sunday, April 26, 2015
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS-Admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, GRAM, the Children’s Museum, the Public Museum and the UICA will be completely free for the day.

The returning event sponsored by Amway will also have free trolley rides to the participating museums, fun activities hosted on the Art Museum’s Wege Plaza and chances to win prizes.

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge Awards Ceremony
Tuesday. April 28, 2015
7:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - Hear the top winning essays submitted during the 2015 President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge. The winning essays will be read by their authors. The program will focus on the theme of Integrity today

Captain John Meier

Creating a Culture of Excellence
Captain John Meier, Commanding Officer, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - Join Captain John Meier as he discusses many of the technical advances of the new Ford aircraft carrier and the new efficient interior design within the same hull as the Nimitz class carriers.  The new ship will be able to launch aircraft more quickly while costing less to maintain, saving the Navy a projected $4 billion over the ship's 50-year life span. Captain Meier was snowed out for his visit last November, don't miss this exciting return event.

Ken Walsh and Book Cover

Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom
Ken Walsh
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. GRAND RAPIDS
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ANN ARBOR

Join award-winning White House correspondent and presidential historian Kenneth T. Walsh, as he discusses how the Obamas reached the point of the biggest political stars to occupy the White House. More important, he takes a detailed and comprehensive look at the history of America’s presidents as “celebrities in chief” since the beginning of the Republic.

Walsh makes the point that modern presidents need to be celebrities and build on their fame in order to propel their agendas and rally public support for themselves as national leaders so that they can get things done.

Reservations in Grand Rapids at: or at 616-254-0384. No reservations for Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Flyer

Al From

What's Missing in Presidential Politics
Al From
with Red Cavaney, Chairman Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. ANN ARBOR
Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. GRAND RAPIDS

After Barack Obama's solid win in the 2012 election, it's easy to forget that there was a time, not long ago, when the Democrats were shut out of power for over a decade. But Al From remembers. In 1984, he led a small band of governors, US senators, and members of Congress to organize the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Their mission: to rescue the party from the political wilderness, redefine its message, and, most importantly, win presidential elections.

Join Gerald R. Ford Foundation Chairman, Red Cavaney as he takes the stage with Al From to discuss From's new book, The New Democrats and the Return to Power. From is one of America’s premier strategists and policy entrepreneurs with a track record of injecting innovative ideas into the national debate, turning major national institutions around, and changing the course of American life. He has appeared on a number of television programs, including on Morning Joe, Press Pass with David Gregory, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell Reports, and Up with Steve Kornacki.

Reservations in Grand Rapids at: or at 616-254-0384. No reservations for Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Flyer

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Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grants
September 15 Annually
March 15 Annually
ANN ARBOR -- Application deadline. The Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards several research travel grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library. More information.

Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter
March 31 Annually
ANN ARBOR -- Application deadline. A grant of $5000 is awarded annually to support dissertation research on any aspect of the United States political process during the latter part of the 20th century. More information.

Last Updated: March 26, 2013

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