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 (Daily)
(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 (M-F)
(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. 



40TH Anniversary of Gerald R. Ford's Presidential Oath
August 9, 2014
All Day

Grand Rapids-- Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our nation's 38th President, Gerald R. Ford. Watch historic footage of Vice President Ford being sworn in as President Ford. The video will run every hour on the hour throughout the day. The Museum will be FREE in honor of this historic event.

9/11 NEVER FORGET Traveling Exhibit
September 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 11, 2014
6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids--In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation created a traveling exhibit as a tribute to all those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001.  The 9/11 NEVER FORGET traveling exhibit is also a tool to educate America’s youth about the historic events of that day.   The memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts, news and video recording, and live tours from FDNY heroes. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring WE NEVER FORGET and that America’s youth understand the sacrifice of many on that day.

Don Markle
The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying
September 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids--The Gerald R. Ford Museum, Foundation and the Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer, Smithsonian Institute lecturer, and author whose previous works address the topic of U.S. military intelligence during World War II and the American Civil War.

Most books about espionage in the American Revolution tend to focus on General George Washington, but as noted historian Donald E. Markle explores in this fascinating account, there was an entire system of intelligence communication independent of his direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. As the war progressed, the Americans and British slowly learned one another’s tactics, leading to the hunt between the American fox (Washington) and the British hound (Cornwallis). There could only be one winner.

SAVE THE DATE - more information to come

Howard Willens
September 23, 2014
7:30 p.m.

The Pardon of Richard Nixon: A Discussion
October 21, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Richard Norton Smith
On His Own Terms: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller
November 13, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Capt. John Meier of the USS Gerald R. Ford
November 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.

The Constiution - A Joint Symposium and Luncheon with the National Constitution Center
October 20, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Panel 1: President Ford and The Rule of Law
Panel 2: President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon
12:00 p.m.
Our Constitution Works: President Ford's Date with Destiny

Richard Norton Smith
On His Own Terms: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller
November 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Annual Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Capt. John Meier of the USS Gerald R. Ford
November 18, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Holiday Open House
December 7, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.





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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