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Fall 2013
Features the 2013 Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of President Gerald R. Ford & Mrs. Betty Ford, USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 Model Unveiling Event, 2013 William E. Simon Lecture by Jon Meacham “The Centennial Legacy of Gerald R. Ford”, 26th Annual Gerald R. Ford Prizes for Reporting recipients John Dickerson for Reporting on the Presidency & Hal Bernton for Reporting on National Defense, An Evening with Henry Kissinger and Paul O’Neill Honors President Ford’s Centennial, Time Capsule placed on board the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 and Operation Babylift 2013 Reunion hosted by Torch 1975 Inc and VFW Post 9934 in California

Summer 2013
Highlights the Annual Foundation Dinner which included a special Centennial Tribute event, the Ford Family presented Rich DeVos with a special Ford family gift, Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft was presented the President Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Steve Ford joined Dick Cheney, Bob Schieffer and ben Stein for a unique roundtable conversation on the legacy of Gerald R. Ford, Henry Kissinger “How Gerald Ford’s Biggest Decision Ended the Cold War” Economic Club of Grand Rapids remarks, Paul O’Neill University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Commencement, America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy event with Former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush, First Annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Desert Tribute and Growing Up Grand – Gerald Ford at 100 Exhibit Opening

March 2013
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Island Landing Ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding including a special sandstone memento placed by Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, Panel Discussion and Film Screening of “Black and Blue” – the Story of Gerald R. Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan vs Georgia Tech Football Game, Susan Ford Bales Grand Valley State University Commencement Address, Gerald R. Ford Collection was included in the Heritage Americana & Political Auction in Dallas with proceeds used for the new Student Learning Center and a Special Thank You to the Foundation’s 2012 In-Kind Sponsors

December 2012
Campaign for the Legacy of Gerald R. Ford Kick-off to build a learning center and create access to historical documents, the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Olympia Snowe at the 3rd annual Honoring the Promise Gala, the University of Michigan Athletic Department officially recognized Gerald R. Ford as a Michigan Football Legend, University of Michigan celebrated the Life and Legacy of Betty Ford at a special tribute, Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments at Museum, Rocky Bleier opens “Pro Football and the American Spirit” Museum Exhibit and Gleaves Whitney “Untold Story of the U.S. Constitution – and the Lessons for Today”.

September 2012
Features the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of President Gerald R. Ford Honoring President Ford’s 99th Birthday, 2012 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Annual Dinner, Presentation of the 2012 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill which was accepted posthumously by his son Thomas P. O’Neill III; Photos and remarks from the 2012 William E. Simon Lecture Series on Public Affairs presented by Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, William T. Coleman and Alan Greenspan appointed Honorary Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation,

June 2012
Includes photos and remarks from “Remembering Our First Ladies: As Seen Through the Eyes of Their Descendents” event at the Museum with Margaret Hoover (great-granddaughter of Herbert and Lou Hoover), Clifton Truman Daniel (grandson of Harry and Bess Truman) and Susan Ford Bales (daughter of Gerald and Betty Ford) who shared their memories and families’ experiences, they spoke of these vastly different First Ladies who each left their mark during their time in The White House; the Washington National Cathedral Dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Kneeler; update and photos on the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford (CVN-79); Frank Zarb impressive remarks on “The Most Important Public Policy Failure of our Time: Energy” during an the Gerald R. Ford Energy Lecture Series presented by Varnum Attorneys at Law;

April 2012
Features the February 13, 2012 Premiere of the Documentary “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan – Georgia Tech Football Game”; completion of the Oral History Project that started in 2008 with over 170 interviews conducted by Richard Norton Smith; Susan Ford Bales serving as Keynote Speaker for The Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” Luncheon; Looking Back at Foundation Trustees Jim Cavanaugh, Dick Parsons and Sandy Weill; Albion College Receives 1st Maquette of U.S. Capitol Rotunda of President Gerald R. Ford; an entertaining kickoff by Zachary Hope, grandson of Bob Hope, of the Museum’s newest exhibit “Bob Hope: An American Treasure”; Speakers including Roy Norton, Canadian Counsul General, Candice Millard, author, Shane Harris, author and writer; 2012 Essay Challenge Winners.

December 2011
Includes 2011 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; Vice President Dick Cheney “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir” national book tour event with Liz Cheney as moderator of the conversation where Cheney spoke about how Gerald R. Ford changed his life through his appointment to his White House, working in President Richard Nixon’s Administration, serving as Secretary of Defense for President George H.W. Bush, serving as Vice President for President George W. Bush, his friendship with Don Rumsfeld, and his family; update on the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) shipbuilding

August 2011
Tribute to First Lady Betty Bloomer Ford following funeral services for her in California and Michigan; service locations included St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Prayer Service and Pubic Repose at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grace Episcopal Church and Interment Services at the Museum; Eulogies by Rosalynn Carter, Geoffrey Mason, Cokie Roberts, Lynne Cheney, Richard Norton Smith, Statements from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Mrs. Nancy Reagan and Lynda Johnson Robb.

June 2011
Special Edition Dedication Issue for the Statue of President Gerald R. Ford Unveiling Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Remarks Susan Ford Bales, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Steve Ford, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Harry Reid, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, numerous photos of the Statue Unveiling Foundation Annual Dinner, Foundation Trustee William T. Coleman awarded the 2011 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service and discussion of his book “Counsel for the Situation”.

April 2011
Includes features on Don Rumsfeld’s book tour Museum visit to promote “Known & Unknown”; 2010-2011 President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge winner and finalists; Book events for “Betty Ford and the Issues: Liberating and Expanding the First Lady’s Role”, “Family of Freedom” and “The American Solider”; and 2010 Foundation Contributions and Members listing.

February 2011
President George W. Bush visit to the Museum and discussion of his memoir “Decision Points” best-seller including over an hour conversation with moderator Al Pheley, Director of the Albion College Gerald R. Ford Institute in Public Policy and Service, touching on many topics including, Gerald R. Ford, Dick Cheney, September 11 (2001), War on Terror, his family and campaign for office, photos from the ground-breaking of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

December 2010
Announcement of the exhibit opening of “Betty Ford – An Extraordinary Life”, Red Cavaney “What a Difference a Day Makes” event where he discusses his point-of-view of The White House and President Ford on Election Day 1976, Rosaylyn Carter presentation of mental health advancements over the pat four decades, update on the U.S.S Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) construction and ArtPrize 2010.

September 2010
Features His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, participation in the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, presentation of a Japanese Maple Tree as a gift to the Ford Family and Foundation and Ford Foundation Luncheon.

July 2010
Highlights Dr. Henry Kissinger having been named Recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Betty Ford and Ford Family Tribute to Dr. Alan Greenspan, Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense (Greg Jaffe, Washington Post) and on the Presidency (Ben Feller, AP), the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, photos from the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Foundation Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C., White House Photographers panel event and visit of Gov. Mitt Romney to the Museum.

Spring 2010
Showcases Tribute to Boy Scouts of America on the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, the Ford library announcement of Daily Dairies of Gerald Ford’s presidential activities, 2009 – 2010 President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge winner and finalists, programs such as Peter Earnest and Oleg Kalugin “America and the Cold War”, Amb. Sichan Siv’s “Golden Bones”, Joan Biskupic’s “American Original: Antonin Scalia”,  and 2009 Foundation Contributions and Members listing.

January 2010
Includes feature on the keel laying ceremony for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the next line of aircraft carriers.

November 2009
Features pictures and the speech of Susan Ford Bales from the 2009 Ford family annual wreath laying ceremony, Marty Allen recipient of the 2009 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Gerald R. Ford Award, and an excerpt from the October 1977 dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service at Albion College and 2009 ArtPrize.

August 2009
Highlights Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for being the recipient of the 2009 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the tribute dinner of Dr. Henry Kissinger in Washington, and Dick Cheney as he presents the award at the 22nd Annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Journalism Awards Ceremony.

April 2009
Features Brett Grill and his first commissioned bronze statue of President Ford, Appointment of the new Foundation Executive Director Joe Calvaruso, Richard Norton Smith tribute to President Ford’s legacy, David Broder lecture on 2008 Election Retrospective, new Museum permanent exhibit “Gerald R. Ford Tribute Gallery”, speakers Jay Hakes, Rick Atkinson, Tim Weiner, Dale Van Atta and Don Phillips.

July 2008
Showcases Carla A. Hills as 2008 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service Recipient, Betty Ford’s 90th Birthday, in Memory of Robert Hartmann, Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant recipients and Recipients of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Prizes Rick Atkinson and Peter Baker.

August 2007
Focuses on the Gerald R. Ford Commemorative Stamp, James Baker and Lee Hamilton receive 2007 Gerald R. Ford Medals for Distinguished Public Service, Charlie Savage and James Astill for receiving the 2006 Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Prizes, and the inaugural Wreath Laying Ceremony on President’s Ford’s Birthday on July 14.

Spring 2007
Presents Concurrent Resolutions from the Hose of Representatives and Senate honoring President Gerald Ford, pictures from President Ford’s Memorial Service, and the appointment of Brian Breslin to the newly created Executive Director position.

September 2006
Highlights the United States Armed Forces receiving the 2006 Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the transition of the new board of the Ford Foundation, Lech Walesa former President of Poland held a press conference at the Museum, David Hume Kennerly speaking on his Pulitzer Prize winning photographing of the Vietnam War.

September 2005
Features the 2005 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service recipient, Betty Ford, the election of Susan Ford Bales as the new Chair of the Betty Ford Center, the appointment of the new Ford Presidential Library and Museum Director Elaine K. Didie, and the honoring of Robert M. Warner by the  National Archives.

December 2004
Highlights the 2004 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service recipients, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, two new Trustees are named, remarks from the 30 year anniversary of President Ford’s Inauguration, 2004 Ford Journalism Prize award winners, Announcement of the Ford Scholar Award in honor of Robert M. Teeter, Opening and Empire: U.S. Relations with China article.

May 2004
Focuses on the NCAA launch of the Gerald R. Ford Award, the 30 year anniversary of President Ford’s Swearing-In (A Day of Transition), All That Jazz: America in the 1920’s museum exhibit, the Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge.

October 2003
Features a look at President Ford’s 90th Birthday, Grand Opening of the Museum Addition, the Gerald R. Ford School Site Dedication Ceremony, Speaking with Jim Cannon (President Ford’s Biographer and Assistant for Domestic Affairs), 2002 Ford Journalism Prize Winners, Alan Greenspan receives first Gerald R. Ford Medal, Historian Gary Willis presents Lecture at Ford Museum.

November 2002
This edition delivers updates and information on the Grand Rapids September 11th Commemoration Ceremony, an update on the Gerald R. Ford Museum addition, Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize winners, Speaking with Judith Stein (Gerald R. Ford Research Grant Recipient), Curing, Not Cloning (A Washington Post Op-Ed by President Ford), “Free Air Time – The Next Step In Campaign Finance Reform” a Public Policy Forum presented at the Ford Library.

Spring 2002
Highlights of this edition include; President Ford Messages Grand Rapids following the events of September 11th, Studying the American Presidency at the Ford Library, Collaboration: Community: Involvement: Growth – the Ford Museum’s mission to be a community resource, Museum Expansion and Renovation Ready to Go, the Library opens the Stanley Scott Papers.

Winter 2001
This edition features; Dennis Daellenbach is Named Library and Museum Director as Richard Norton Smith becomes Executive Director of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, A Letter from the New Library Director, Twenty Years On: Writing the Next Chapter by Richard Norton Smith, First Ladies Exhibit Draws National Audience, The Wisdom of Choosing Dick Cheney (A New York Times Op-Ed by President Ford and Bob Dole).

Summer 2001
Presents news and updates on; President and Mrs. Ford: Both Profiled for Courage, Richard Norton Smith Departs Foundation for Dole Institute, Washington Post Doubles Again on Ford Journalism Prizes, Michael Beschloss to Deliver the William E. Simon Lecture, Looking Back at the First 20 Years at the Ford!, Betty Ford Visits Grand Rapids, Remarks by Gerald R. Ford at the JFK Profiles in Courage Award Dinner.

Summer 2000
Focuses on; A Yearlong Celebration in the Making (20 years since the Library and Museum opened its doors), Gerald R. Ford’s Remarks at the Memorial Service for Bill Simon, June 8, 2000, Gerald R. Ford’s Remarks at the Memorial Service for Ed Levi, April 6, 2000, Ford Journalism Prize winners, After the Fall: Vietnam Plus Twenty-Five, The Vietnam War Declassification Project, Growing the Historical Record: The Library’s Latest Acquisitions.

January 2000
Delivers news and updates on; “Dreams Do Materialize” remarks by Gerald R. Ford, President Ford receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, photos from events at the Library and Museum during the previous year (1999), Twenty-Five Years On: Opening the Vietnam Documentary Vault.

Spring 1999
Highlights of this edition include; The American Century: Ford Museum Greets the Millennium with a Blockbuster Show, Gerald R. Ford’s Remarks at the Saigon Staircase Dedication, Elizabeth Dole Keynotes Conference on Women in Politics, Telling and Keeping Secrets – a description of the process to declassify files from the Ford Presidency.

Winter 1998
Features of this edition; 1948: A Year to Remember…, What A Year (’98 in review), “Does America Need the CIA?” – a conference convened at the Library to examine current and prospective U.S. Intelligence capabilities, Technology Heightens Library Usage.

Summer 1998
Presents news and updates on; Happy Birthday, Mr. President! – from President Ford’s remarks to the National Press Club, Betty Ford: A Woman of Candor, Courage and Character, Celebrating the First Lady’s 80th, A Tribute to 50 Years of Family, “Don’t Force Airline Deregulation to Make an Emergency Landing” – a guest column by John E. Robson.

Spring 1996
Focuses on; Richard Norton Smith Named Library Director, Alan Greenspan Delivers the Simon Lecture, A Presidential Teleconference with Grand Valley State University students, Archives Assignments on a Long-running Hit.

Summer-Fall 1995
Delivers news and updates on; Ford’s Boyhood Remembered, 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, Vietnam Colloquium Receives Media Attention, Five Year Effort Improves Library’s Collections, “Photo-Op: Selections from the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archives.”

Fall 1994
Highlights include: Football Jersey #48 Retired, Health Policy Reform at Issue, Library Hosts Michigan Historical Society Meeting, Larry Berman – A Satisfied Customer, New and Temporary Exhibits.

Fall 1993
This edition features; Homecoming Celebration in the Capitol, the President of Mexico Delivers the Third Simon Lecture, Journalism Prize Winners Announced, World War II Exhibit Coming to the Museum.

Fall 1992
Includes news and updates on; Thibaut Elected Trustee at Annual Foundation Meeting, Consumers Power Gift to Bring World War II Exhibit to Ford Museum, Museum Exhibits for 1993, Major Acquisitions, “JFK”: The Fallout.

Spring 1992
Presents; Second Gerald R. Ford Colloquium: National Security Requirements for the 90’s, Research on Vietnam War’s Legacy Discussed, “America Since Hoover”, Research Card #2000 Issued.

Fall 1991
Focuses of this edition include; Powell Speaks at Foundation Annual Meeting, Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Entertaining in Style – a glimpse into White House Social Events, Interviews with Journalism Prize winners.

Spring 1991
Delivers stories on; Ford Dedicates Section of Berlin Wall, First Annual Gerald R. Ford Colloquium is held, President Ford Committee Records Opened, President’s Daily Diary Database, Presidential Hobbies and White House Treasures.

Fall 1990
Highlights include; The Foundation Annual Meeting, Peter Secchia, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Gerald R. Ford Colloquium Planned, Library Seeks New Collections, Interviews with Journalism Prize winners, Media Blitz for “Presidential Pets”.

Spring 1990
Features of this edition; Henry Kissinger Speaks in Grand Rapids, Ford: “I Told You So!”, The Press and Divided Government, “Presidential Pets”, Thomas Nast Cartoons: The Art of Politics.

Fall 1988
In this edition; Press Club Scene of 1st Journalism Awards, Chairman Martin Allen named to National Advisory Committee on Presidential Libraries, Thirty-Five Years Ago: Congressman Ford Tours the Far East, Ford Painting Presented at National Gallery, Happy 75th Mr. President.

Fall 1986
Presents; All In Fun, Symposium Plays to Rave Reviews (“Humor and the Presidency”), Library to Host PBS Program on The Constitution, Museum Exhibit Lampoons Politicos, “Boyhood Chums”.

Summer 1986
Includes news and updates on; Museum will Host Conference on Humor, Policy Symposium Returns, “And Everywhere The Flag” Library Installs Bicentennial Exhibit.

Winter 1985
Delivers news and updates on; Ford and Carter Return to Ann Arbor, National Archives Achieves Independence, From the Scrapbooks…, Spring Conference to Air Concerns About Primary Election System, Museum Sculpture Unveiled.

Spring 1985
Focuses of this edition include; Conference on Presidential Primaries, Sculpture Dedication, National Issues Forum Returns to Ann Arbor, Griffin Succeeded By Allen As Chairman, The Quilter’s Art on View.

Winter 1984
Highlights include; Spring Forum Will Bring Former First Ladies to Grand Rapids, Audiovisual Collections an Expanding Resource, Ford at Emory University, Reagan and Glenn Win in Grand Rapids, Kings of The Hill.

Summer 1984
This edition includes; A First for First Families, First Ladies Conference, Media Invasion of First Ladies Conference, Ford’s Churchill Speech Published, Library Receives Early Photo of Abraham Lincoln, U.S.-China Trade Records Donated.

Summer 1983
Features of this edition; Secchia and Towsley to Lead Fund Drive, Fall Exhibit about White House Photographers, President Ford Honors Volunteers, Ford Birthplace Now Omaha Park.

Spring 1983
Recaps; Ford and Carter Lead Public Policy Conference, First Research Grant Awarded, A Visit by the Chinese, Foreign Policy Conference a Singular Success, Outstanding Exhibit “The American Image” Slated or Museum, Students See Government Close-Up, Press Secretaries Meet at Ford Museum.

Fall 1982
This edition includes; Library’s First Symposium Set, Greetings From President Ford, Ford and Carter to Host Leadership Conference, Classic Film Series Coming to Museum, Foundation Trustees and Officers Set.