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
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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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Musuem, in Grand Rapids, is being renovated. It will re-open in the Spring of 2016.


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.



Betty Caroli

Betty Caroli
Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President 
Thursday November 12, 2015   7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR--Join us as accomplished biographer Betty Caroli speaks about her just-released book, Lady Bird and Lyndon. In this absorbing work, Lady Bird takes center stage, showing strength and resilience behind her soft Southern manner, demonstrating her political acuity and business savvy, which were essential to Lyndon’s success.

Lady Bird and Lyndon restores Lady Bird to her rightful place in history, and paints a vivid portrait of a marriage with complex, but familiar and identifiable overtones. Caroli refutes the “doormat” reputation of a humiliated wife to a coarse, philandering Texan by underscoring the symbiotic relationship that mutually sustained the couple through their whole lives.

Caroli offers a fresh look at Lady Bird who proved herself to be “the coach, the advisor, the steady soothsayer to an erratic man,” by offering wise advice, keeping her volatile husband steady during his darkest moments, and helping him turn his sweeping ambitions into action.

Richard Norton Smith

Character & The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m.
Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS--Character and the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford is a joint event with The Hauenstein Center featuring keynote by Richard Norton Smith. Please join us as we launch an exciting multi-year series on Character and the Presidency, an annual event that will explore an area in which both Democrats and Republicans have a stake in finding common ground.

In this inaugural conference on Character and the Presidency, presidential biographer Richard Norton Smith will speak on the character of President Gerald R. Ford. The event will include preview clips from an upcoming documentary examining the character of President Ford, and a panel discussion including scholars Hendrik Booraem, Tom Cronin, Elaine Didier, Jason Duncan, Donald Zinman and others.

This program is generously supported by the Peter F. Secchia Family and the Meijer Foundation.

Please RSVP at or by calling 616.331.2770



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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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