Captain John Meier, the first Commanding Officer of the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 Aircraft Carrier, spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on "Creating a Culture of Excellence" as he assembles the first crew of the USS Gerald R. Ford. CVN-78 is the first ship of the new Ford Class of Carriers.
West Michigan warmly welcomed back Richard Norton Smith as he discussed his new book “On His Own Terms: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller”. Smith is the former Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Smith was a eulogist at funeral services of Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. Smith attempts to tell the story of who Rockefeller was as a man, where he came from, and what inspired him to live his life the way he chose to live it.
Justice John Paul Stevens, Secretary Paul O'Neill and Dean Ken Gormley were part of the October 20, 2014 panel discussion on President Gerald R. Ford's decision to pardon former Richard Nixon, including the legal precedents and reasons that led President Ford to make his historic decision.
August 9, 2014 commences the 40th Anniversary celebrating the legacy and achievements of Gerald R. Ford’s Presidency and Administration. Click on the 40th logo to explore the 40th Anniversary website honoring our 38th President and the historic time in which he took the oath of office.
Stay up to date with our listing of the schedule of events, exhibit openings, contests and deadlines. Includes updates at the Library & Museum and other Foundation sponsored events in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Gerald R. Ford Centennial Website celebrates the lasting legacy of our 38th President. This special tribute includes the Oral History Project, which features over 160 interviews with Ford Family members, former Ford Administration Staff and close friends from throughout the country.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation provides updates and insights into many of its initiatives through its Newsletters including Construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78, exhibits at the Museum, updates on Trustees and looking back at the life of Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. Join Friends of Ford to support the Foundation and receive your Newsletter.
View historic photos and read the Tribute Book from the Funeral Ceremonies for Gerald R. Ford. Ford died on December 26, 2006 at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA and his interment at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI occurred January 3, 2007.
The Gerald R. Ford President Library and Museum are separated geographically but together they provide visitors and students with a unique glimpse of the 38th President. Both provide permanent exhibits, accessible archival materials and special events.
Soon after Mrs. Ford's passing, preparations began for a Remembrance Week honoring a beloved First Lady and founder of the Betty Ford Center. Services were held in Palm Desert, California and East Grand Rapids, Michigan, concluding with her interment at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales was joined by Ford Family members, Foundation Trustees, fellow shipbuilders, U.S. Navy personnel and over 20,000 attendees in christening the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 on November 9, 2013 at Newport News Shipbuilding.
U.S. Congressional members joined with Friends and Family for the Statue Dedication of President Gerald R. Ford on May 3, 2011 in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional members hosted the Dedication.
The Gerald R. Ford Museum Collection is home to a unique arrangement of historical artifacts. Learn about President Ford's personal experiences and time in The White House through iconic pieces of history.