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Bill Coleman served as Secretary of Transportation during President Ford’s Administration. But his distinguished life has bought him close to some of America’s most historic moments. On March 31, 2011, Coleman visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan to discuss his life and his new book.
Coleman discusses participating as part of defending lawyer for Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, U.S. Supreme Court law clerk and co-author of the brief for Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP legal team, assistant counsel for the Warren Commission, Secretary of Transportation and countless other roles.
On March 7, 2011, Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff, visited Grand Rapids to talk about his book “Known and Unknown”. Rumsfeld spoke freely about his time with President Ford and behind-the-scenes of the Bush Administration. Steve Ford introduced Rumsfeld to yet another overflow crowd of Friends of Ford members and Foundation Trustees at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
On December 2, 2010, former President George W. Bush participated in an hour long question and answer session on his new book “Decision Points”. The book touches on the lifelong influences that shaped Bush’s time in the Oval Office and the decisions he made while there that changed our country. The Gerald R. Ford President Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan hosted the 43rd President and the overflow crowd.
This exhibit was dedicated to more than just Betty Ford’s time as First Lady. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan opened the exhibit on October 27, 2010 and continued it through February 27, 2011. Pulling from its strengths, Betty Ford: An Extraordinary Life featured those items that speak to Mrs. Ford’s unique life – from her Grand Rapids upbringing to a career in fashion and dance, a congressman’s wife, First Lady of the land, to helping millions with breast cancer awareness and overcoming for herself and helping others defeat chemical dependency.