February 24, 2017
A Step Inside The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Located in Grand Rapids, MI, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum celebrates and explores the life and career of America’s 38th president, Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty Ford. The museum is home to more than 20,000 artifacts – from Ford’s materials as a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout to re-election campaign materials and clothing. The museum offers a range of interactive exhibits and artifacts. On the main floor of the museum, there is a full-scale replica of the Oval Office that is similar to how it looked when Ford was president. Other highlights of the museum include a recreation of the Cabinet Room of the Ford Presidency where visitors can take part in presidential decisions and a piece of the Berlin Wall that was dedicated to Ford. In addition, The Watergate exhibit shares the story of one of the biggest constitutional crises in U.S. history. The 44-square-foot two-story triangular building was completed in September 1982 at a cost of $11 million.
Ford grew up with his three younger brothers in Grand Rapids, MI. He was a super star at football throughout high school and college at the University of Michigan before he went on to law school at Yale University. Shortly after he graduated, Ford served aboard on an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy in World War II. In 1948, Ford married his wife Betty and launched his career in politics as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives that same year. Over a 25-year period, Ford earned an honest reputation as part of the Republican Party. Additionally, he had four children with his wife during these years.
Ford was elected vice president and became the first unelected president in nation’s history when he took office on August 9, 1974, following President Richard Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate scandal. When Ford ran for presidential re-election, he lost to Jimmy Carter. He later went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the nation, in August 1999. Ford died of heart disease at 93 years old at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on December 26, 2006.
Authored by Rachel Lombardi