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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Upcoming Events:

YanekYanek Mieczkowski Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige

April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Museum, Grand Rapids

In a critical Cold War moment in 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency suddenly changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite. Yanek Mieczkowski’s Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment shows that Eisenhower refused to panic and guided America’s space program–but in a sharp political conflict, he clashed with John Kennedy over sending men to the moon and improving America’s global prestige. There will be a book signing following the lecture. RSVP to ford_events@nara.gov or 616-254-0384.

carterRosalynn Carter America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will join us for our annual First Ladies Luncheon Celebrating the Birthday of Former First Lady Betty Ford. This year for Mrs. Ford’s 96th Birthday, Ms. Carter will join us for a luncheon and candid conversation about her friendship with Mrs. Ford and the passion that they shared for advocacy, specifically on health issues. Mrs. Carter will be joined by Mrs. Ford’s son, Steve Ford. Please rsvp by emailing rsvp@38foundation.org or calling 616-254-0396. Lunch tickets $35

Following the Luncheon:
SPECTRUM HEALTH PRSENTS: “Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health”
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Mueuem, Grand Rapids

When the First Family went public about Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, it changed the conversation. Betty’s legacy continues as we talk about that pivotal moment in women’s health and the tremendous advancements in breast cancer treatment realized since then.

Panelists: Judy Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS – Department Chief, Oncology, Spectrum Health ,Thomas Getz, MD – Medical Director, Betty Ford Breast Care Services, Spectrum Health, and Gleaves Whitney – Historian, Author, and Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
RSVP – email: rsvp@38foundation.org or call 616-254-0396.


Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Jonathan ReinerHeart
Heart: An American Medical Odyssey
April 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids

In partnership with the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, the Foundation has invited former Vice President Dick Cheney and his heart surgeon Jonathan Reiner to discus Vice President Cheney’s heart issues,  heart transplant and his journey to becoming healthier.  Tickets go on sale March 26. Sign up through e invitation, email event@ 38foundation.org or call 616-254-0396. Tickets are $35 each and books with signed  bookplates are $25 each.  Seating is  limited and will be filled in the order rsvps are received.

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
July 14, 2014 – Wreath Laying Ceremony





Gerald R. Ford: Growing Up Grand
Now Open - through May 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MUSEUM — This collection features artifacts and mementos from President Ford’s  childhood days in Grand Rapids. See the diner where he had his first high school job and met his real father or the yearbooks from his schoolboy days. This exhibit is full of Ford Family  treasures, some never before seen.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Upcoming Events:

41cqN5S+evL__SY300_Dr. Allida Black’s The First Ladies of the United States of America
April 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Library, Ann Arbor

Allida Black, Ph.D., founded the Eleanor Roosevelt Project and chairs its advisory board. She is a director of the Roosevelt Institute, human rights chair of the No Limits Foundation, Research Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and program manager of the Women’s Political Participation Program of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She will be discussing the evolving roles of the First Ladies throughout the history of  the United States.Open Seating; Free Admission; Free Parking; Book sales/signing and reception follow program.




Gerald R. Ford: Growing Up Grand
Now Open – through May 2014

LIBRARY, ANN ARBOR - This collection features a selection of documents and photos from President Ford’s childhood days in Grand Rapids and his time as a student at the University of Michigan.  It also features unique mementos and artifacts not on display in the larger exhibit at the Museum! Visitors can also see the office Mr. Ford used during his post presidential visits to the Library.  This lobby exhibit in Ann Arbor has free


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

27th Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize Competition for Distinguished Reporting in 2013 on National Defense and the Presidency

Applications for the 27th Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes competition must be received by March 14, 2014. 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.