Previous Events at the Ford Library and Museum

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Notably Absent: Presidential No-Shows and Other Mishaps on Inauguration Day with Thomas Balcerski

January 2022

VIRTUAL -- Noted presidential historian and CNN contributor, Thomas Balcerski, explores the surprisingly numerous instances of presidential absence on Inauguration Day. Learn about the five presidents who failed to attend the inaugurations of their successors and the two presidents who did not participate for other reasons (hint: one of them involves Gerald Ford).

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Women in Uniform Exhibit Opening

January 2022

VIRTUAL -- Rear Admiral (retired) Samuel J. Cox, Director of Naval History and Heritage Command, and his colleague, Gale Munro, Curator of the Naval Art Gallery, virtually open the exhibit Women in Uniform.

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Harriet Woods Hill: Grand Rapids Police Department’s First African American Woman Officer

February 2022

VIRTUAL -- The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum along with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation celebrated Black History Month by learning about Michigan native Harriet Woods Hill. Ms. Woods Hill was the first African American woman police officer and the first woman detective in the Grand Rapids Police Department. James Hill shares highlights from his mother’s long and momentous life and career.


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Designing Camelot

March 2022

VIRTUAL-- Authors James Archer Abbott and Elaine Rice Bachmann discuss their book, Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration and Its Legacy. An illustrated chronicle of Jacqueline Kennedy’s restoration project, the book celebrates the sixty-year legacy of one of the most influential interior design endeavors in American history.


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The Second World War: Echoes from the Past, A Conversation with Sir Antony Beevor

March 2022

VIRTUAL-- The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation collaborated with Armed Forces Thanksgiving and the Western Michigan World Affairs Council to virtually host famed historian Sir Antony Beevor to discuss the legacies of World War II and its impact on our modern world. Sir Beevor began with an inclusive summary of the Second World War, delving into how various nations approached the war and its aftermath. He then discussed how the war affects our present-day and the ongoing situation in the Ukraine.


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