Tours and Programs
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Grades: K - 12
Time: 1 - 2 hours
If you would like to schedule a guided tour of the New Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for your class, our staff and docents will work with you to tailor the tour to meet the age and interests of your students.
If you are short on time, or feel comfortable leading your students through our exhibits on your own, self-guided visits are the perfect option for you and your students. We do ask that you schedule your self-guided visit in advance. You might also be interested in building your own tour.
This option allows you to focus on the subject that interests you, incorporating our exhibits, primary source materials, and activities you design to meet your specific classroom goals. Our staff will be happy to give you guidance to get you started on this fun journey.
Time: 2.5 hours
Used in conjunction with classroom study of the U.S. Constitution, this hands on program utilizes examples from Gerald and Betty Fords' lives to explore the amendment process. Documents and Museum exhibits will provide students with content and context.
Grades: 6 - 12
Time: 1.5 hours
Explore the extraordinary life and achievements of our beloved First Lady through exhibits (including the all new In Step with Betty Ford), audio visuals, original source materials, and classroom activities. From young girl to polished and outspoken advocate, your students will be inspired by Betty Ford’s life.
H1.2-4, U4.3.3, U5.4.1, U8.2.4, U8.3.3-4, G4.3-4, C5.1, C5.3, USHG6.3.3
Grades: 7 - 12
Time: 2 hours
Elections provide the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum the opportunity to teach our next generation of voters the importance of actively participating in our electoral process exercising both our rights and responsibilities as Americans. This program can be adapted for local, state, and national elections.
7C1.1, 7P3.1-2, 8P2.1, P3.1-4, P4.1-2, C2.1-2, C2.4, C5.1.1, C5.4.1-2, C5.5.1, C6.1.1
Grades: 7 - 12
Time: 2 hours
In today's partisan-charge world, finding common ground and solutions to complex problems has become seemingly impossible. This program will provide students with experience using the National Issues Forums' method of deliberative dialogue to have conversations about difficult contemporary issues. Overview information and historical content to set the stage for each theme will be provided.
7-P3.1.1, 8-P3.1.1, C2.2.5, C3.5.1, C3.5.3-4, C3.5.6, C5.4, C6.1.1
Grades: K - 3
Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Family, school, and community play a vital role in the development of children. They not only contribute to physical, social, intellectual, and emotional growth and well-being, they lay the groundwork for the development of responsible adults and citizens.