Schedule of Upcoming Events






July 13, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PM2017 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs by Ambassador
Carla A. Hills, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Trade Representative. “Why Trade Matters” No cost to attend but reservations are required. RSVP to or call 616-254-0396. The 2017 COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship will be presented following the program.
July 14, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum9:00 AMAnnual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford. Public Invited to Attend. No Reservations Required.
July 18, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum10:00 AMSummer Fun Series
Join us for this kid-friendly event. Watch “Liberty’s Kids” (2003, Y7) and create a few Patriotic crafts. The movie will start at 10 AM with crafts following. Regular museum admission policies apply. Groups should schedule in advance for free admission by emailing:
July 20, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum5:30 - 7:00 PMFord After Five Series: Jazz Night
Relax to the smooth sounds of the John Shea Trio. This is a free event.
Event InformationPlease call: (616) 254-0396
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_rmh0424-copy-2The New Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Re-Opened on June 7, 2016

Grand Rapids — Discover Gerald R. Ford in our newly renovated Museum, with six galleries incorporating technology which allows visitors to dig deeper into topics of interest. Explore Ford’s early years in Foundations of a Civic Life and his public service career as Congressman from Michigan in Serving the People.

With plans to retire, learn how Congressman Ford’s life took an unexpected turn when he was tapped to become Vice President and a few short months later was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States in Integrity at the Helm. The impact Gerald R. Ford made on our nation is illustrated in the final three galleries, Citizenship by Example, Funeral and Memorial Tributes, and Legacy Experience.


Map N Tour GRFCheck Out “Map-N-Tour” of President Gerald R. Ford’s Life

“Map N Tour” is an interactive tour that gives you a personal look into Gerald R. Ford’s life. There is a website option and also mobile apps for iPhone/iPad and Android (search Map N Tour).

Highlights include his childhood homes and Grace Episcopal Church, where he and Betty were married. Using this tour, you can quickly find direct links to the information you are seek- ing. The phone app could be used as a driving tour to see highlights first hand.

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