Schedule of Upcoming Events






November 1, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMBrian Kilmeade: “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans”
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.

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November 6, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMTom Tudor "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery"
Mr. Tudor served as a sentinel and relief commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from February 1969 to Memorial Day of 1970. He is the past President and Board Member of the Society of the Honor Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This presentation will look at both the history of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. No Cost to Attend. No Reservations required.
November 13, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PM“Building Integrity, Building Ford: A Documentary”
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 with many of the shipbuilders who helped bring the first-in-class carrier to life. No cost to attend. Reservations required. Please call 616-254-0384 or email

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November 15, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMElaine 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. 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. No cost to attend. Reservations required. Please call 616-254-0384 or email

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November 28, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMMichael Giorgione “Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat”
Camp David is American diplomacy’s secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 Summits, the 2000 Middle East Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century. Hear Mr. Giorgione’s first-hand account of this exclusive retreat. No cost to attend. No reservations required.
December 11, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMJ.J. Green: "National Security in Threatening Times"
National security correspondent JJ Green, expert on international security, intelligence, foreign policy, terrorism, and cyber developments, will discuss the most pivotal national security issues in our country’s history. Many think the Cold War ended in 1991, but JJ Green tells a completely different story.
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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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