Events at the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, 2019

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Mary Seeley

Season's Greetings From the White House
December, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS --Mary Evans Seeley shared her memories of her visits to the White House during the holidays. During her talk on December 12, 2019 she explained how many of the Christmas traditions started at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. From the lighting of the first Christmas tree to how Christmas cards are selected and designed. The details from the talk can be found in Mrs. Seeleys book Season's Greetings from the White House.

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The 2019 Canadian Election
October 24, 2019

ANN ARBOR--On October 24 the Ford Presidential Library and Foundation joined with the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit to host "The 2019 Canadian Election," a panel discussion. Focusing on US-Canadian relations and Michigan, the panel included: Moderator Barry Rabe, UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Stephen Brooks, University of Windsor, and Maryscott Greenwood, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian American Business Council. Opening remarks by Canadian Consul General Joe Comartin.

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Garrett Graff

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
September 23 and 24, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS and ANN ARBOR-- Award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff told the story of September 11, 2001 as it was lived—in the words of those who lived it. Graff painted the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.

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Why Trade Matters
May 14, 2019

ANN ARBOR--Ambassador Carla A. Hills discussed today’s trade issues, changing partnerships, and the elevation of trade tensions. Hills explained that the political rhetoric in the U.S has turned increasingly oppositional towards the notion of trade, but noted that it is a crucial factor in the prosperity of the economy.

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David Priess

How to Get Rid of a President
April 29 and 30, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS AND ANN ARBOR--Speaking about his book, “How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives,” David Priess presented a lively narrative describing all the ways throughout history – from impeachment to death – that presidents have either left office prematurely or just barely avoided doing so.

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Dr. Scott Kaufman

Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945, The Decision to Drop the Bomb
April 17, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS-- Author and Naval historian James D. Hornfischer discussed the crescendo of U.S. operations in the Central Pacific, covering the air, land and sea operations that seized the Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam, the strategic air operations conducted from the Marianas that ended the war, and the reckoning of the occupation that foreshadowed 42 years of the Cold War.

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J A Hummer

Extraordinary Circumstances
March 25, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS-- Photographer David Hume Kennerly and special guest Susan Ford Bales discussed various photographs taken by Kennerly during his time as President Ford's personal White House Photographer. The talk was held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.

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Peter Hart

The 2020 Election: The Challenges and Changes Facing Political Polling
March 20, 2019

ANN ARBOR-- Peter Hart, a leading public opinion expert and pollster, presented an entertaining and interactive look at the ways polling, politics, and public opinion intersect during a campaign season. The event was a joint program with Albion College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

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