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. 



Christmas Tree

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

GRAND RAPIDS-- Join us as we kick-off the holiday season. Live music, a sing-along and of course, the announcement of the 2014 Community Tree Awards. There is no charge for this event.

Captain Meier

Creating a Culture of Excellence
Captain John Meier
Commanding Officer, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

November 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR--Join us as Captain John Meier, Commanding Officer of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) speaks about building the crew to man the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier and setting the standard to last the 50-year life of the ship.

Redesigned from keel to mast, the carrier will be able to launch aircraft more quickly while costing less to maintain, saving the Navy a projected $4 billion over the ship's life span.

Upon commissioning, the USS Ford will be the premier forward asset for crisis response and early decisive striking power in a major combat operation. 

The new ship is named after President Ford whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrier USS Monterey in the Pacific Theater. 

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

GRAND RAPIDS-- This annual event features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit with reindeer, enjoy holiday music and hear stories told by Jenifer Strauss. There is no charge for this event. The announcment of the People's Choice Award will take place at 4:00 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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