Previous Events at the Ford Library and Museum

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Dr. Scott Kaufman
Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party

May 15 and 16, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS AND ANN ARBOR --Dr. Scott Kaufman, chair of the Department of History at Francis Marion University, spoke at both the Museum and the Library about his newest book, Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford. Kaufman described Ford as a product of his pragmatic Midwestern roots, a man ambitious to succeed in politics, and “loyal to his party but not a political ideologue.” Kaufman is the author of numerous books on diplomatic, presidential, and military history.
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J A Hummer
First Ladies and American Women

April 26, 2018
ANN ARBOR --Dr. Jill Hummer, Associate Professor of political science at Wilson College, explored how the roles of First Ladies were affected by backgrounds, personalities, ambitions, and relationships with their spouses, which in turn shaped their impact on society and the broader political context of their times.
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Brian Becker
Economics and the Presidency

March 28, 2018
ANN ARBOR --Economist and Ford Foundation Trustee, Brian Becker, presented a well-attended talk on presidents and the key economic issues that defined their times and often impacted their success.
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Garrett Graff
Raven Rock

March 13 and 14, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS and ANN ARBOR --Speaking about his book, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die, Garrett Graff described an eye-opening true story of the government’s secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil - - a narrative that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.
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Peter Baker
Obama: The Call of History

February 13, 2018
ANN ARBOR --The Library presented a talk by New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker on his new book, Obama: The Call of History, a vivid and in-depth illustrated account of Barack Obama's eight years in office. In his talk, Baker provided an insightful overview of Barack Obama's accomplishments and disappointments during his presidency and how his legacy has begun to evolve since leaving office. In addition, Baker highlighted many photographs from his book during his presentation, which truly brought his story to life.
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Richard Camp
Ringed By Fire: The Siege of Khe Sanh

January 30 and 31, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS AND ANN ARBOR --Colonel (ret.) Richard Camp brought the realities of the Vietnam War to the lecture halls at both the Museum and the Library. In 1968, Company Commander Dick Camp helped hold the line in one of the Marine Corp's seminal battles at The Siege of Khe Sahn. This event was held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the 1968 Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War.
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