Schedule of Upcoming Events






August 31, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum5:30 - 7:00 PMFord After Five Series: Jazz Night “An Evening With the Duke”
The John Shea Quarter will cover songs from Duke Ellington for this final jazz night in the Ford After Five Series. There is no charge to attend this event; no reservations required. Doors open at 5:30 PM; Music begins at 6:00 PM.
September 7, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum5:30 - 7:00 PMFord After Five Series: Brew Master
Join area Brew Masters as they discuss the process behind the barley and the hops. Bring questions about your home brewing and get some advice from the experts. Limited samples will be available for testing. Cost is $2.00 per person. Must be 21 or older with a valid photo ID.
September 11, 2017Grand RapidsMuseumAll Day9/11 Community Day of Remembrance - Scout Salute
Join us as we pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Join the Boy Scouts as they salute from dawn until dusk (7 AM—8 PM) at the Museum. Free Museum entrance. Blood drive in the DeVos Learning Center. Police, Fire, EMS, and Disaster Readiness Demonstrations. Special speakers throughout the day. Program times available on our website.
September 13 - 18, 2017Grand RapidsMuseumAll DayArtPrize 2017. The Museum is pleased to be an official venue for ArtPrize 2017. Join us as we host a variety of artists during this annual competition.
September 14, 2017Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMDebating the Constitution. Joint presentation with the Hauenstein Center. In honor of Constitution Day we are pleased to host a debate on Constitutional Interpretation between Nathan Goetting of Adrian College and John McGinnis of Northwestern University. The debate will be moderated by Victoria Vuletich of Cooley Law School. Register at or call 616-331-2770. No cost to attend.
September 19, 2017Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMAdrian Miller “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas. No reservations required. No cost to attend.
October 3, 2017Grand RapidsThe Eberhard Center @ Grand Valley State University7:00 PM“Character & The Presidency” Conversation with David Brooks and Ronald C. White. Additional Sponsors: Ambassador Peter Secchia and Foundation Vice- Chairman Hank Meijer. Join program with The Hauenstein Center. No
Cost to Attend. Reservations are required. Please check our website for updated event and RSVP information as it becomes available.
October 11, 2017Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMTony England “From Earth to Space and Back”. Former NASA Astronaut highlights the U.S. Space Program. No cost to attend. No reservations
are required.
October 17, 2017Ann Arbor & Grand RapidsLibrary & Museum7:00 PMLive simulcast of interview with author and historian Ken Burns and Lynn Novick from the National Archives on their new documentary series: “The Vietnam War” Check website for additional information as it becomes available.
October 18, 2017Grand RapidsEast Kentwood High School5:00 PMCandid Conversations
First Lady Betty Ford’s openness about her breast cancer fostered public discussion. Join us to hear from Betty’s daughter and breast cancer advocate, Susan Ford Bales. Emmy Rickert will share her story which begins with a breast cancer diagnosis at age 24, one week after losing her aunt to the disease, and chronicles her journey to becoming a mother now raising two young children. Community health experts will also share information on breast cancer genetics, risks and survivorship.

Come join us for a fun, educational breast cancer awareness event and bring a friend! Arrive at 4 p.m. to enjoy community partner booths and light refreshments. Follow along on social media using the hashtag: #candidconversations.

Entry is free, but tickets are required. Reserve yours today!
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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