Schedule of Upcoming Events






August 16-28, 2018Grand RapidsMuseumClick for entry form9/11 Community Day Student Art Competition
In an effort to educate young people about the events surrounding September 11th and to honor those who gave their lives for our safety and liberty, K-12 students are invited to create and submit artwork that communicates the themes of heroism, patriotism, and sacrifice. Winning artists will receive an award and have their artwork on display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum during the 9/11 Scout Salute and Community Day of Remembrance.
September 11, 2018Grand RapidsMuseumAll Day9-11 Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Join area Scouts, Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Personnel from dawn till dusk as we salute the flag non-stop in memory of the lives lost on 9-11. No reservations are necessary. Check our website as more information becomes available on this year’s Salute.
September 12, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMLisa McCubbin: “Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor and Trailblazer”
Hear Lisa McCubbin discuss her new book. It is based on intimate in-depth interviews with family, friends, and colleagues of Mrs. Ford. McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit—the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time. No reservations are required for the Library/Ann Arbor presentation.
September 13, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMLisa McCubbin: “Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor and Trailblazer”
Hear Lisa McCubbin discuss her new book. It is based on intimate in-depth interviews with family, friends, and colleagues of Mrs. Ford. McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit—the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time. Reservations are required for the Museum presentation by calling 616-254-0384 or emailing
September 13 - 18, 2018Grand RapidsMuseumAll DayArtPrize Preview Week
Take advantage of ArtPrize Preview Week and see the art displayed without the crowds! Again this year the Ford Presidential Museum have art on display inside and on the Museum grounds. During Preview Week regular museum hours and admission apply.
September 19, 2018Grand RapidsMuseumAll DayArtPrize 2018
Stop by the Museum and view the ArtPrize artists for 2018. The Museum is proud to participate as a venue for the city-wide art competition ArtPrize.
September 20, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum6:00 AM - 8:00 PMFord After Five: Mix and Mingle
Meet with some of the artists whose work is on display this year at the Ford Presidential Museum. Ask questions, find out what inspired their works and just enjoy the beginning of ArtPrize 10. No reservations required. No cost to attend.
September 27, 2018Bryon Center, MIVan Singel Fine Arts Center7:00 PMVictors of Character Live Performance
The live theater performance was commissioned by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and written by Grand Valley State University professor and playwright, Dr. Allison Manville Metz. Based on a true story, the play tells the story of a young Gerald Ford who, as a student and athlete at the University of Michigan, witnessed the heartache and division caused by racial discrimination when his best friend, Willis Ward, was benched from a game against Georgia Tech because of the Jim Crow laws of the south. The play allows the audience to experience not only the events of 1934, but also to learn how this experience shaped both Ford and Ward as leaders later in life.

This is a free community performance, reserve your tickets starting August 28, noon to 5:00pm.
October 9, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum6:00 PM - 7:30 PMChina Town Hall
This event is a partnership of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and The World Affairs Council of West Michigan. China Town Hall with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice via Interactive Webcast with Secretary Rice -- 6:00-6:45 PM with on-site China Specialist TBA -- 6:45-7:30 PM.

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.
October 18, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMNixon's Back Channel to Moscow
Hear Richard A. Moss discuss his book that analyzes US-Soviet back channels from Nixon's inauguration through what has widely been heralded as the apex of détente, the May 1972 Moscow Summit.
October 25, 2018Grand RapidsFoundation8:30 AM - 4:30 PMEducator Workshop: From Suffragists to Senators
Attention, educators! In celebration of the centennial birthday of Mrs. Betty Ford, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation is presenting a free, day-long professional development workshop for educators focused on women's leadership. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of both the character and causes of Mrs. Ford as well as her contributions to women’s rights. Following a look back at the evolution of women's leadership in this country over the last century, participants will hear from prominent women leaders in Michigan about their experiences, challenges, and advice for young women. During the workshop presented by the Center for American Women and Politics, attendees will learn strategies and activities designed to make women's leadership visible in the classroom and to develop leadership skills in their own students.

Light breakfast and lunch included; Educators may apply for 5 SCECH hours ($6 fee for SCECH hours). Please note: This event is free but space is limited and registration is required, please click the link to register (responding to the Facebook event will not register you!)
October 25, 2018Grand RapidsAquinas College DONNELLY Center7:00 PMA Seat at the Table
Aquinas alumna, Rutgers University professor, and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Dr. Kelly Dittmar gives a talk on her latest book A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters (Oxford 2018). A collaboration with Aquinas’ Insignis Honors Program and Political Science Department and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.
November 1, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMBrian Kilmeade discussing Andrew Jackson (author talk)
Join author and radio host Brian Kilmeade as he discusses his new book, "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny." When the British fought the young United States during the War of 1812, they knew that taking the mouth of the Mississippi River was the key to crippling their former colony. Capturing the city of New Orleans and stopping trade up the river sounded like a simple task--New Orleans was far away from Washington, out of sight and out of mind for the politicians.

What the British didn't count on was the power of General Andrew Jackson. A formidable military leader with a grudge against the British and a heart for the common man, he rallied the divided inhabitants of New Orleans, bringing together Frenchmen, Native Americans, freed slaves, pirates, and Kentucky woodsmen. In their now trademark fashion, Kilmeade and Yaeger will trace the development of Jackson's character and bring the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal--and surprising--battles in American history.

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November 6, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMTom Tudor "Tomb of the Unknowns"
Join Tom Tudor as he discusses his personal connection with the historic cemetery and discusses some of America's finest who are laid to rest within the gates.
November 13, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMBuilding Integrity Building Ford
Join us for a relive the 21-year journey of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) from concept to commissioning through “Building Integrity, Building Ford,” a documentary produced by Newport News Shipbuilding.

“Building Integrity, Building Ford” features footage of important milestones and interviews with many of the shipbuilders who helped bring the first-in-class aircraft carrier to life.

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November 15, 2018Grand RapidsMuseumElaine Weiss "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote"
The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history; the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, "The Woman's Hour" is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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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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