Events at the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, 2007
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November 12, 2007
GRAND RAPIDS -- Currently Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, DeFrank received last year’s Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency. DeFrank spoke at the Museum about his new book Write It When I’m Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford, a work based largely on private interviews he conducted with President Ford over the past sixteen years.
Sons of the American Revolution
GRAND RAPIDS -- Congressman John
Lewis opened Eyewitness:
American Originals from the National Archives at the
of the most courageous persons in the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John
Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil
liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in
America. At left, Congressman Lewis discusses his experiences
during the Civil Rights Movement.
ANN ARBOR -- The Library in Ann
Arbor hosted Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Charlie Savage for
a talk about his new book, Takeover:
The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American
Savage, a Washington correspondent for The
is the most recent recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished
Reporting on the Presidency, sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.
President Dick Cheney
GRAND RAPIDS -- Vice President Dick Cheney gave a major policy address to a capacity crowd at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Friday, September 14, 2007. The Museum staff, along with the Vice President's advance team and the Secret Service, worked throughout the week preceding the event to create stage backdrops and proper lighting, and plan for appropriate security. Special arrangements were made to maintain access to Museum exhibits for school groups and bus tours with reservations for the day of the visit.
Gerald R. Ford Commemorative Stamp
GRAND RAPIDS -- The new 41-cent commemorative stamp was issued nationwide August 31, with special stamp dedication ceremonies taking place in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales
GRAND RAPIDS -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales paid his respects at President Ford's gravesite during visit to Grand Rapids on August 15, 2007. The Attorney General also visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum while in Grand Rapids.
GRAND RAPIDS -- Writer and researcher
Daniel Levitas spoke at the Ford Museum. He is an expert on anti-Semitism,
neo-Nazi organizations and social movements, and the author of The
Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right (Thomas
Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, November
2002), which was nominated for a 2002 National Book Award and the Pulitzer
BabyLift: A Tribute to President Ford May
GRAND RAPIDS -- On May 22, Vietnam Babylift adoptees, their families, airline and military personnel and members of the Vietnamese-American community from West Michigan and across the country will gather at the Ford Museum to pay tribute to President Ford’s leadership. During the ceremony, a painting of President Ford greeting the first Babylift arrival by Grand Rapids native and Vietnam veteran Bernie Duff will be unveiled, along with presentation of the Heather Constance Noone Memorial Award and other memorial tributes.
| Leslie McCurdy in The Spirit of Harriet Tubman at the Ford Museum March
GRAND RAPIDS-- Re-enactor Leslie McCurdy in The Spirit of Harriet Tubman at the Ford Museum as part of its exhibit, "Slavery on Trial: The Long Road to Freedom"
| Henry Catto, "The High and Low Adventures of a Diplomat" at the Ford Library March
ANN ARBOR -- Former Ambassador Henry Catto spoke on his experiences as a diplomat at the Gerald R. Ford Library.
| Vincent Harding
speaks at the Ford Museum March
GRAND RAPIDS -- Historian Vincent Harding spoke at the Ford Museum as part of its exhibit, "Slavery on Trial: The Long Road to Freedom"
of Memorial Banner from the
February 21 , 2007
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Consul General of Canada based in Detroit, Robert Noble, presented the Ford Museum with a banner that had hung on the Canadian Embassy in Washington during the period of mourning. Ford Foundation Chair Jack Ford was present to share remarks on behalf of the family.
concluding the official period
of mourning for President
January 25 , 2007
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Ford Museum concluded the official thirty day mourning period for the death of President Ford on Thursday January 25, 2007.