Schedule of Upcoming Events

Date

City

Location

Time

Event

December 6, 2019Grand RapidsMuseum9:30 - 11:30 AMALL ABOARD! Friday Mornings at the Ford Roundhouse
Bring your junior conductors and join us on Friday mornings during the month of December from 9:30 – 11:30 am to enjoy the Breton Village train display. A train-themed story time will take place at 10, 10:30, and 11:00. Crafts and other train activities will also be available. Free admission for families with children attending the program. Programs presented in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
December 10, 2019Grand RapidsDeVos Ctr Loosemore Auditorium7:00 PMAuthors Hank Meijer and David Roll share the stage as they discuss Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein's favorite WWII General, George Marshall and Grand Rapids' native, Senator Arthur Vandenberg. Joint program with Hauenstein Center. No cost to attend. Reservations are required. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/hc and select events to RSVP on line or visit our facebook.
December 12, 2019Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMMary Evans Seeley “Seasons Greetings from the White House”
Mary Evans Seeley is a collector, historian, lecturer, author and publisher of two books about Christmas at the White House. She has the most extensive collection of Presidential Christmas memorabilia in the country. Her book, "Season's Greetings from the White House" is now in its eighth edition. It tells the stories of Christmas at the White House from Calvin Coolidge through Donald J. Trump, documenting nearly a century of presidential Christmases. No cost to attend. Reservations are required by calling 616-254-0384 or emailing: ford_events@nara.gov. Online RSVP via Constant Contact

December 13, 2019Grand RapidsMuseum9:30 - 11:30 AMALL ABOARD! Friday Mornings at the Ford Roundhouse
Bring your junior conductors and join us on Friday mornings during the month of December from 9:30 – 11:30 am to enjoy the Breton Village train display. A train-themed story time will take place at 10, 10:30, and 11:00. Crafts and other train activities will also be available. Free admission for families with children attending the program. Programs presented in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
December 20, 2019Grand RapidsMuseum9:30 - 11:30 AMALL ABOARD! Friday Mornings at the Ford Roundhouse
Bring your junior conductors and join us on Friday mornings during the month of December from 9:30 – 11:30 am to enjoy the Breton Village train display. A train-themed story time will take place at 10, 10:30, and 11:00. Crafts and other train activities will also be available. Free admission for families with children attending the program. Programs presented in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
January 3, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum9:30 - 11:30 AMALL ABOARD! Friday Mornings at the Ford Roundhouse
Bring your junior conductors and join us on Friday mornings during the month of December from 9:30 – 11:30 am to enjoy the Breton Village train display. A train-themed story time will take place at 10, 10:30, and 11:00. Crafts and other train activities will also be available. Free admission for families with children attending the program. Programs presented in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
January 3, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRailroading Merit Badge Day
Come enjoy the Breton Village Train Exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum this holiday season...and earn your Railroading Badge, too! Taught by guest merit badge counselor, Mr. Donald Pratt III and his team of experts, participants will earn their badge while learning all about types of trains, the railroad industry, train safety, and more. Non-Scouts including siblings over 10 and parents are welcome to register as well!

Limit: 40 participants; Registration Deadline: December 20th or until full; Fee: $10 per person (includes program and lunch); No refunds after December 27th.

To register: Online RSVP via Constant Contact or contact Clare Shubert: cshubert@38foundation.org / 616.254.0409

Please note: To earn your Railroading Merit Badge at the end of this program, you MUST complete step 2a (plan a rail trip between 2 cities at least 500 miles apart) and 8a, 2 or 5 (build a model railroad car OR structure) prior to attending. You MUST bring with you to class: a one-page description of the rail trip you planned AND the model you constructed (your model can be simple and inexpensive!) All other requirements will be covered in class.

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 or emailing: ford_events@nara.gov.
March 18, 2020Grand RapidsMuseum7:00 PMPlease join us as Former 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. For more information on how to become a Friends of Ford member, please call 616-254-0396 or visit our website www.geraldrfordfoundation.org.
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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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