Thursday, December 30, 2010

Destination of the Day: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Destination 5 in the series "2 Megapixels"

Gerald Ford could not have selected a more difficult time to serve his country.  He became Vice President after the then-current Vice President was charged and pleaded no contest to tax evasion and money laundering.  On 9 August 1974, he assumed the presidency when President Nixon resigned.  He inherited a country deep in recession and unresolved conflicts. 

The Gerald Ford Museum was dedicated in 1981.  Its rich collection includes a selection of dresses worn by First Lady Betty Ford (see photo), a replica of the Oval Office, and artifacts from President Ford's childhood up through the end of his presidency.  This CTer recommends scheduling two to three hours to tour the entire museum.  

The Gerald Ford Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids on the Grand River, within walking distance of downtown hotels and across the street from the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


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