Schedule of Upcoming Events






December 1, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum5:00 - 8:00 PMLight Up Downtown Holiday Event
Kick off the holiday season in style with this NEW holiday tradition that combines the Holiday Open House and the Annual Tree Lighting into one blockbuster event. Listen to holiday music and visit with Santa and his reindeer. On display inside the Museum will be the Breton Village Train. No cost to attend this family-friendly celebration.
December 9, 2018Grand RapidsMuseum2:00 - 3:00 PMPajama Story Time at the Ford
Bring the kids and join Mac from Star 105.7 as he reads his favorite holiday story, The Polar Express. Come down in your PJ’s, sip cocoa, tour the Museum, and check out the former Breton Village Train at it’s new home in the Ford Museum lobby! This free event begins at 2:00 PM, story time at 2:15 PM with cocoa and coloring to follow. No reservations required.
December 11, 2018Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMJJ Green “National Security in Threatening Times”
National Security correspondent JJ Green, expert on international security, intelligence, foreign policy, 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. No Cost to Attend. No reservations required.
January 10, 2019Grand RapidsL.V. Eberhard Center, Room 215 Grand Valley State University12:00 PMJon Meacham “The Soul of America”
Please join us as renowned historian, best- selling author, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham discusses his latest book “The Soul of America”. Far too many citizens remain unfamiliar with the profound connections to history that shape this confusing time. Our American story, filled with dramatic conflicts between hope and fear, assures victory for neither possibility. We, the people, must choose. In proud partnership with the Hauenstein Center. No cost to attend. Reservations required. Please call 616-331-2770 or email
February 7, 2019Grand RapidsL.V. Eberhard Center, Room 215 Grand Valley State University7:00 - 8:30 PMH. W. Brands “Comedian-in-Chief: What Presidents’ Humor Says About Them, and About Us”
Humor, a widely misunderstood and underappreciated component of American civic life, often feels in short supply amid the hyperpolarization, loneliness, and resentment presently afflicting our polity. Join us to find what Brands, the Jack S. Blanton Senior Chair in History at the University of Texas at Ausin, has discovered about the joke-telling chops of American presidents, the funny bone of the American people, and the serious role of humor in American democracy. This is a joint program with the Hauenstein Center. No cost to attend. Reservations are required. Please call 616-331-2770 or email You can RSVP for this event up until February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
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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