Explore: Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids

Explore: Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 15, 2018)

Grand Rapids, MI -Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States, and his legacy is memorialized in Grand Rapids at the museum of his name.

Located at 303 Pearl Street NW, the riverfront building with mirrored walls and an astronaut suit provides guests with historical stories and glimpses at items that are part of history.

Ford became president in August 1974 after President Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. Prior to that Ford had been Vice President and also a Congressman. He also served on the Warren Commission which compiled the official report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Gerald R. Ford Museum also shares stories of his childhood, including life in Grand Rapids, his experiences at the University of Michigan and in the Navy, plus his courtship and marriage to Betty Ford. In honor of what would have been Betty’s 100th birthday, the Museum is hosting a special exhibit called “In Step with Betty Ford: In Celebration of Her Centennial.”

This story is paired with  “Clinton, Ford and Johnson: First Families Honor Betty Ford, Share Advice for the Limelight.”

Learn more about the Gerald R. Ford Museum at www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

 

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