Schedule of Events



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Wednesday, Nov. 12—Lecture at 7 pm at  Museum, Grand Rapids
Thursday, Nov 13—Lecture at 7:30 pm at  Library, Ann Arbor 
On His Own Terms: A life of Nelson Rockefeller by
Historian Richard Norton Smith

Award-winning Historian Richard Norton Smith has written a new book about President Ford’s Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and the man behind the position. Smith gives insight into the life and career of one the country’s most powerful men. This event is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Museum and Library. Reservations call (616) 254-0384 or ford_events@nara.gov. RSVPS are not required for the Library lecture.


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Creating a Culture of Excellence Capt. John Meier , USS Gerald R. Ford
Monday, Nov. 17—Economic Luncheon at 12pm JW Marriott , Grand Rapids
Tuesday, Nov. 18—Lecture at 7 pm at Ford Museum, Grand Rapids
Wednesday, Nov 19—Lecture at 7:30 pm at Ford Library, Ann Arbor

CAPT John F. Meier, Commanding Officer of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and crew members are visiting Michigan to share the progress and pride of the USS Gerald R. Ford. Capt. Meier will discuss building the crew to man the   Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier and setting the standard to last the 50-year life of the ship. This luncheon event is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and The Economic Club of Grand Rapids. To RSVP go online to www.geraldrfordfoundation.org or call the Foundation at 616-254-0396. RSVP not required for the Library Lecture.


Upcoming Events - Save the Dates!

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
12/10/2014 Grand Rapids Eberhard 7:00 PM H.W. Brands: The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White 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.