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. 



Fred McClure

The Presidency, Politics, and Public Service
Fred McClure, Chief Executive Officer for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
7:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS--Join Fred McClure the Chief Executive Officer for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation as he discusses the Presidency, Politics, and Public Service.  Mr. McClure began his public service as a White House Intern in the Ford Administration and went on to serve two other Presidents. He was a special assistant to President Reagan in Congressional relations (including the 1986 tax reform and nominations of William Rehnquist to chief justice and Antonin Scalia as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court). He also, served President George H.W. Bush as an assistant for legislative affairs (including the budget battles with Congress, the Gulf War, Supreme Court nominees David Souter and Clarence Thomas, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991).

Prior to joining the George Bush Library Foundation, McClure acted as the Washington, D.C. managing partner for the international law firm, SNR Denton, now Dentons US, LLP.  His previous U.S. government service also includes Legislative Director to U.S. Senator John Tower, Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General, Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.  Reservations: or at 616-254-0396.

Glenn Thrush

The Hermit Presidency
Glenn Thrush, POLITICO Magazine, 2013 Winner of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency
Thursday, February 5, 2015
7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR--Join us as Glenn Thrush talks about how terrorism, 24/7 social media, insularity and antagonism towards the press have driven the presidency deeper into the White House bubble—and ever more distant from the American people. Event Flyer

Howard Willens

History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Howard Willens
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS --On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in front of hundreds of onlookers. Everything was over in mere seconds, but the events of that day have been the subject of heated debate for five decades. Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard P. Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice was prescient. Willens, the only living member of the three-person supervisory staff of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives. Reservations at or at 616-254-0384.

King: A Reflection on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spoken word piece by playwright/librettist Sandra Seaton
Spirituals performed by tenor George Shirley with pianist Stanley Waldon
Special musical tribute by Wally Tett and Daniel Washington
Friday, February 13, 2015
7:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS--King: A Reflection on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a spoken word piece by playwright/librettist Sandra Seaton accompanied by spirituals performed by tenor George Shirley with pianist Stanley Waldon. King, a mixture of poetry and brief reflections, remembers Reverend King as an individual with human limitations who nevertheless answered the call to leadership. His life serves as a model for all, especially the young, to believe that anything can be achieved with a dream and the will to lead. The work, divided into four sections, “Nobel-man,” “Chicago,” “Bottles and Rocks,” and “Memphis 1968,” takes us on the journey of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he struggled to bring civil rights to the United States. For reservations: or at 616-254-0396.

David Holmes

Religion and Watergate: The Religious Faith and Practice of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford
David Holmes
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR--Gerald Ford was sworn into the Presidency amidst a flurry of religious statements. He brought to office a strong religious background and no enemies list or concern for vengeance. Richard Nixon secretly denied the divinity of Christ and Biblical miracles. His extraordinary career showed that he was more than willing to jettison Quaker principles when they conflicted with ambition.Event Flyer.

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 ever 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.

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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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