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911Boy Scout Salute and 9/11 Traveling Exhibit
Salute is dawn until dusk on September 11, 2014
Exhibit is open - September 10 - 9am-4pm
September 11 - 6 am –7pm

Grand Rapids, MUSEUM--Join the Gerald R. Ford Council of Boy Scouts as they salute the flag from dawn until dusk in honor of those who lost their lives in the attacks and those who continue to serve us. Stop in for a few minutes to salute the flag anytime or join us for a program at 8:45 am, 11:45 am or 7 :00 pm. The Traveling exhibit is a tribute to all those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001.  The memorial provides interactive education, artifacts, videos and live tours from FDNY heroes. No RSVP required.


fox and the hound 2The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying by Don Markle
September 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MUSEUM–The Ford Museum & Foundation and the Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer and Smithsonian Institute lecturer. Markle explores an entire system of intelligence communication independent of direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. To RSVP contact the Hauenstein Center events website, by email: leadershipgv@gmail.com or by phone: 616-331-2770.


WillensHistory Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the
Assasination of John F. Kennedy—Howard Willens
September 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

ANN ARBOR, LIBRARYThe true story of what really happened during the Warren Commission’s investigation of the assassination. It describes how the commission conducted its own investigation, eventually developing a record based on the testimony of 552 witnesses and more than 3000 exhibits. It sets forth the Commission’s often difficult relations with the key federal agencies and the extent to which they learned a decade later that both the FBI and CIA had lied to them on critical matters involved in their investigation. No RSVP required.


Upcoming Events - Save the Dates!

09/11/2014 Grand Rapids Museum ALL DAY Annual Boy Scout Flag Salute & Traveling 9/11 Exhibit
09/15/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 7:00 PM Don Markle: The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying
09/23/2014 Ann Arbor Library 7:30 PM Howard Willens-History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission
10/07/2014 Grand Rapids Eberhardt 7:00 PM Herb Meyer: What in the World is Going On: A Global Intelligence Briefing
10/08/2014 Grand Rapids Candid Conversations: Betty Ford Breast Care Services Event
  DeVos Place 3:00 PM Candid Conversations: Health Fair
DeVos Place 4:15 PM Candid Conversations: Keynote speaker Amy Robach from ABC News
10/20/2014 Grand Rapids The Rule of Law: President Gerald R. Ford and the Constitution Symposium
  Museum 8:30 AM Panel 1#: President Ford and The Rule of Law
Museum 10:15 AM Panel 2#: President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon
JW Marriott 12:00 PM Luncheon – Our Constitution Works: President Ford’s Date With Destiny
10/21/2014 Ann Arbor Library 7:30 PM President Ford’s Pardon of Richard M. Nixon: A 40-Year Retrospective
11/12/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 7:00 PM Richard Norton Smith: On his Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
11/13/2014 Ann Arbor Library 7:30 PM Richard Norton Smith: On his Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
11/13/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 2:00 PM 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stops at the Museum.
11/17/2014 Grand Rapids JW Marriott 12:00 PM Captain John Meier of the USS Gerald R .Ford Lecture and Luncheon
11/17/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 7:00 PM Tree Lighting Ceremony
11/18/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 7:00 PM Gerald R. Ford: Creating A Culture of Excellence– Captain John Meier
11/19/2014 Ann Arbor Library 7:30 PM Gerald R. Ford: Creating A Culture of Excellence– Captain John Meier
12/07/2014 Grand Rapids Museum 1:00 PM Holiday Open House





Exhibit: Taking the Seas:
The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier

Grand Opening July 14, 2014 – through July 2015

GRAND RAPIDS,MUSEUM — This collection covers the history of American Aircraft Carriers. The USS Monterey that President Ford served on during World War II and the newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, will be highlighted in the exhibit. Recently christened, this CVN 78 is part of the new Ford Class of aircraft carriers and special attention will be given to the amazing advancements in technology and strength that equips this new class of carrier. This exhibit is full of artifacts and treasures from the making of the USS Gerald R. Ford as well as uniforms and artifacts from past aircraft carriers.





 The Remarkable Life and Times of Gerald and Betty Ford

ANN ARBOR, LIBRARY-  A permanent lobby exhibit featuring over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film,
on two exceptional lives.


Deadlines, Awards, Grants and Fellowships

28th Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize Competition for Distinguished Reporting in 2014 on
National Defense and the Presidency

Applications for the 28th Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes competition submission deadline: TBD.  Visit our Journalism Prizes Competition webpage to learn more about the competition overview and past recipients.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grants
September 15 Annually
March 15 Annually

ANN ARBOR — Application deadline. The Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards several research travel grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library.  More information.

Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter
April 10 Annually

ANN ARBOR — Application deadline. A grant of $5000 is awarded annually to support dissertation research on any aspect of the United States political process during the latter part of the 20th century. More information.