Gerald R. Ford Museum
Exhibits, Events, Education Center

303 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-254-0400 (tel)
616-254-0386 (fax)

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Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Daily)
(Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Days)

Gerald R. Ford Library
Research, Events, Small Exhibits

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-205-0555 (tel)
734-205-0571 (fax)

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Hours: 8:45am-4:45pm (M-F)
(Closed Federal Holidays)

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
and Exhibits Calendar

For information on events at the Ford Museum (Grand Rapids, Michigan) call (616) 254-0400

For information on events at the Ford Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) call
(734) 205-0555
Support for programming provided by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

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Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier
Opening July 14, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS -- For one hundred years, aircraft carriers have launched their planes over the seas, assuring the fleet and soldiers ashore air superiority and support in the far-flung corners of the map, where leaders determine our interests are at risk.  They are the largest, most powerful warships ever to plow the waves, monuments to our nation's strength, ready to respond to crises abroad.  The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum offers Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier, an exhibit that explores the development of this unique ship and the role it plays in projecting our nation's influence abroad.  From the first efforts at the close of the First World War, to the central role the carrier played in winning World War II, to the newest super-carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, the exhibit offers key artifacts, documents, and video of the rise of the American carrier.


The Remarkable Lives and Times of Gerald and Betty Ford
In the Lobby

ANN ARBOR -- Mrs. Ford's life is celebrated with a special exhibit featuring meticulous reproductions of three historic dresses, plus artifacts and photos.  President Ford's life is told through a permanent exhibit of over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film.  Visitors also can see the office Mr. Ford used during his post-presidential visits to the Library.  This lobby exhibit in Ann Arbor has free admission. 



World Affairs Council of Western Michigan,
The National Committee on U.S. China Relations,
and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Present the Eighth Annual 
World Affairs Council

President Jimmy Carter
"Issues in U.S. - China Relations"
October 16, 2014
6:50 PM - 8:45 PM
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum


President Carter will speak via a live webcast followed by Dr. Merritt T. Cooke from the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia who will be with us at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

6:50 - Arrival 
7:00 - 7:45 - Remarks and Q & A with President Carter
7:45 - 8:30 - Dr. Cooke, in person at the Ford Museum,
                      will expand upon the discussion and take Q & A 
Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter
A 1946 graduate of the Naval Academy, Jimmy Carter became the Governor of Georgia in 1971, and in 1976 was elected to become the 40th President of the United States of America.  In 1982, President Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and founded The Carter Center to address national and international public policy issues, working to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease.  President Carter is the author of 28 books, most recently A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, published in April 2014.  On December 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Carter.
Jerry Merrick Dr. Merritt (Terry) Cooke founded the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia in 2011, as well as is a partner of GC3 Strategy Inc, dedicated to U.S.-China cleantech opportunity.  Dr. Cooke was also a 2010 Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC, researching the U.S. -China clean energy relationship.  He is the author ofSustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy.


Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the National Constitution Center
for Three Events on President Ford and The Constiution
October 20, 2014

Ford signing Pardon

Panel 1: President Ford and The Rule of Law
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 16, 2014
Online: click here
Ph: 616-254-0396

Emcee - Hank Meijer
Moderator - Jeff Rosen

Mark Wolf
Mike Gerhardt

Panel 2: President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 16, 2014
Online: click here
Ph: 616-254-0396


Emcee - Hank Meijer
Moderator - Ken Gormley

John Logie
Jill Wine-Banks

Our Constiution Works: President Ford's Date with Desinty
JW Marriott

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 16, 2014
Online: click here
Ph: 616-254-0396


Emcee - Doug DeVos
Introductions - Steve Ford
Moderator - Jeff Rosen

John Paul Stevens
Paul O'Neill



Ken Gormley

Ken Gormley
President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon: A 40-year Retrospective
October 21, 2014 7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR--The dramatic events leading up to Nixon’s resignation, and to Ford’s unprecedented pardon of his predecessor, are the subject of this program. Dean Gormley will recount this gripping story, and reveal facts about the pardon of Richard Nixon that are largely unknown to history.

The evening will feature videos of Benton Becker, Special Counsel to President Ford, who negotiated the pardon of Nixon and the disposition of Nixon’s presidential records. Film clips of Gormley’s interview with President Ford and a special Tom Brokaw recollection piece about this dramatic moment in American history will also be shown.

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Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grants
September 15 Annually
March 15 Annually
ANN ARBOR -- Application deadline. The Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards several research travel grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library. More information.

Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter
March 31 Annually
ANN ARBOR -- Application deadline. A grant of $5000 is awarded annually to support dissertation research on any aspect of the United States political process during the latter part of the 20th century. More information.

Last Updated: March 26, 2013

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