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 Sat., Sun., & Federal Holidays)



Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
Events
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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EXHIBITS

 

Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier
Closing July 2015

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.

A parallel online exhibit is also available.

 

Drawdown Vietnam, April – May 1975
Through September 2015

ANN ARBOR-- America’s long involvement in the war in Vietnam and Indochina drew to a close in April - May 1975. As the city of Saigon fell to the advancing North Vietnamese Army, the United States military evacuated thousands of South Vietnamese civilians to ships nearby.

In the midst of the chaos, two smaller rescues took place – Operation Babylift, in which more than three thousand children and babies were airlifted to safety, and the rescue of the S.S. Mayaguez, whose ship and crew were captured by forces of the new Cambodian Khmer Rouge government less than two weeks following the fall of Saigon.

The unfolding of these events are chronicled in two lobby displays at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library – complete with artifacts, photographs, documents and personal stories of those involved.

A parallel online exhibit is also available.

 


SPEAKERS, PROGRAMS AND FORUMS

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: ford_events@nara.gov or at 616-254-0384. No reservations for Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Flyer


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DEADLINES, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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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