November – Gerald Ford: Fom Youth to the Oval Office

Thursday, November 15, 2018
9:00 am – 4:15 pm, $25 per person
As a legend of Grand Rapids, Gerald Ford has left his legacy for the world. Many stories of this “favorite son” will be shared with a morning visit to the Presidential Museum, followed by a two-hour afternoon bus tour through the places he knew during his All-American youth (1913-1931) in Old Grand Rapids. Under the leadership of chief tour ambassador, Caroline Cook, you will experience an inspirational story of a young man who was raised in a great Midwestern city to become a world leader. You will learn where he lived, played, worshipped, studied, and competed athletically. As a final stop, we will view his tomb and statue.
During the morning visit you will be on your own to explore among the many exhibits remarkable replica of the Oval Office, and “In Step with Betty Ford: in Celebration of her Centennial”. Graduate of Grand Rapids’ Central High, student of dance, New York model, proud mother, and congressman’s wife, First Lady Betty spoke openly about personal and political issues near and dear to her heart. Her courage endeared her to the American people as she found herself “in step” with the times.
Lunch will be on your own at the Cafe across the street at the VanAndel Public Museum.

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