Schedule of Upcoming Events

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February 20, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMIn association with Black History Month please join us for the Exhibit Opening “The Continual Struggle” by Brian Washington. Mr. Washington will discuss his process of creating and selecting works for his exhibit. Each individual piece is the result of his research and reflection on this critical era of American history. At the age of 20, Washington began blueprinting ideas for the 11-piece first-edition of “The Continual Struggle: The Civil Rights Movement—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”.

In 2003 just three months after its completion, his first edition was acquired in its entirety by the Smithsonian Institution, and placed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian-affiliated National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. This not-to-be-missed exhibition has been on display in Washington, DC and at other Presidential Libraries.

No cost to attend. Open Seating. Reservations are appreciated by calling 616-254-0384; emailing: ford_events@nara.gov; or via Online RSVP.
February 27, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMDr. Randal Jelks “With This Faith: Black Freedom Struggles and Democratic Faith”
Black American communities have exhibited an abiding faith in democracy based in religion and culture. This talk with explore how various participants in Black Freedom Struggles thought about democratic governance and the faith that it takes to live out its principles. This lecture in in conjunction with The Continual Struggle exhibition.

No cost to attend. Open Seating. Reservations are appreciated by calling 616-254-0384; emailing: ford_events@nara.gov; or via Online RSVP.
March 11, 2020Grand RapidsLoosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center4:30 - 8:00 PMBring it to the Table: Film Screening & Live Table Talks
Bring it to the Table is a documentary film that encourages people to stop bickering about politics, examine their own assumptions, and truly engage in civil discourse to help move our democracy forward. Bring it to the Table encourages people to really listen to what others really think. Join us for this film event which inspires civil discourse that leads to real change.

4:30 - 5:45 P.M. - Reception with light fare
6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Film Screening

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations for forums are strongly recommended. RSVP Online. They guarantee a seat in the building but not in the main hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the main hall open approximately a half-hour before the program begins. Recommended parking in the Seward Ramp.

LIB 100/201 approved!

Co-sponsors: Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Program, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Educational Foundations (COE), and Common Ground (Hauenstein Center).
Supporters: Office of Student Life and the Teacher Education Program (COE).
March 18, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMFormer Vice President Richard B. Cheney presents the 2020 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs. This Friends of Ford members-only event will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reservations are required by calling 616-254-0396.
March 23, 2020Ann ArborLibrary4:00 PMSpecial Library Event: Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III presents the 2020 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. This is a joint program with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Gerald Ford Institute at Albion College. This will be a discussion with Michael S. Barr, Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

No cost to attend. No reservations required. There will be a reception following the discussion. Questions, please call 734-205-0540.
March 31, 2020Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMRoger Porter “Presidential Power: How Much Power Does the President Really Have?”
Join Foundation Trustee, Roger Porter as he examines the question: In what ways has presidential power expanded or receded during the period of the modern presidency? Mr. Porter is an American professor currently serving as the IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University. Porter was selected as a White House Fellow (1974-75) and served as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the President’s Economic Policy Board (1974-77) in the Ford White House.

No cost to attend. Open Seating. No reservations required at the Library presentation.
April 1, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMRoger Porter “Presidential Power: How Much Power Does the President Really Have?”
Join Foundation Trustee, Roger Porter as he examines the question: In what ways has presidential power expanded or receded during the period of the modern presidency? Mr. Porter is an American professor currently serving as the IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University. Porter was selected as a White House Fellow (1974-75) and served as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the President’s Economic Policy Board (1974-77) in the Ford White House.

No cost to attend. Open Seating. Reservations are appreciated for the Museum presentation by calling 616-254-0384; emailing: ford_events@nara.gov; or via Online RSVP.
April 14, 2020Ann ArborLibrary7:00 PMMolly Ball, Recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2018
Please join us for a conversation Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME magazine, as the recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2018.”

“The second year of the Trump presidency was marked by continued political turmoil, internal discord, and unconventional decision-making. As the White House worked to score policy wins in advance of the mid-term elections, the president’s priorities were repeatedly overshadowed by controversy – from the ongoing Mueller investigation to the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. In carefully reported and gracefully written articles, Molly Ball shed valuable light on the tumult surrounding the president’s year, including a vivid account of Mr. Trump’s relationship with Republican leaders in Congress, a lengthy exclusive interview with Attorney General Sessions, and a close look at the strategic moves of the Trump legal team. The selection committee is pleased to honor Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME magazine, as the recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2018.”

No reservations are required for this event.
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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 http://www.mapntour.com/view/grford 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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