Previous Events at the Ford Library and Museum

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Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home with Kate Andersen Brower

January 2021

VIRTUAL -- Explore the White House in this program with New York Times best-selling author, Kate Andersen Brower. Ms. Andersen Brower digs into her new book for 8-12 year-olds, Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home. She shares a special inside look into the most famous home in America and the lives of hardworking staff members and first ladies who have maintained it.

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A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican with Dr. David Golland

February 2021

VIRTUAL -- Join Dr. David Hamilton Golland as he delves into the life of Arthur Fletcher. Arthur Fletcher (1924-2005) was the most important civil rights leader you've (probably) never heard of. The first Black player for the Baltimore Colts, the father of affirmative action and adviser to four Presidents, he coined the United Negro College Fund's motto: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.

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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans with Catherine Grace Katz

March 2021

VIRTUAL -- Catherine Grace Katz discussed the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.


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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead with General Jim Mattis

April 2021

VIRTUAL -- The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum welcomed General Jim Mattis, U.S. Marines (ret) and 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense, to discuss his recent book Call Sign Chaos.

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Energy Crises: Nixon, Ford, Carter, and the Hard Choices in the 1970s, with Jay Hakes

May 2021

VIRTUAL -- Author Jay Hakes discussed his new book Energy Crises: Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Hard Choices in the 1970s. Based on research in six major archives, including the Ford Library, Hakes unravels the mysteries of America’s most significant decade for energy. Gleaves Whitney, Executive Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation moderated the event.

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The Memory, Legacy, and Lingering Questions of 9/11 with Garrett M. Graff

September 2021

VIRTUAL -- Historian Garrett M. Graff, author of the New York Times bestseller The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, looks at how our nation remembers the events of September 11th, 2001, how a new generation faces the legacy of events (and wars) older than they are, and how we are still challenged by events that are two decades removed.

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Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, with Military Historian and Author Ian Toll

December 2021

VIRTUAL -- Military scholar Ian Toll delved into the history of December 7, 1941. Toll authored Pacific Crucible, The Conquering Tide, and Twilight of the Gods, a nonfiction trilogy about the Pacific War.

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