Gerald R. Ford

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Clare Shubert, Director of Engagement and Programming with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation to talk about the Gerald R. Ford Student Essay Challenge, and this year's theme, courage. Accompanying Clare is first place essay winner, Aneeqa Hasan, a Bengali-American and recent graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. Joining the conversation is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell.  This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K.

Grand Rapids Fire Department accept framed copy of 1974 Emergency Medical Services Week proclamation signed by President Gerald R. Ford.
Patrick Center / WGVU

As part of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Grand Rapids Fire Department and it Emergency Medical Services was honored Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum with a copy of President Gerald R. Ford’s 1974 proclamation.

“President Ford was always a champion for those who served to protect our communities; the fire, the police, EMS providers and first responders.”

In 1974 President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation Emergency Medical Services Week. It reinforced the need at the time to improve emergency medical care.


Betty Ford would have be 100 years old this year, and three days after her birthday, former Secretary of State and Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton visited Grand Rapids to take part in a celebration dubbed “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy.”

Clinton, a former first lady as well, joined Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson for a discussion about the impact of Betty Ford on a generation of women.  

USS Gerald R. Ford

Jul 20, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

This Saturday the nation celebrates the commissioning of its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford. We talk about the event with Clare Shubert, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Director of Engagement.

President Gerald R. Ford

Events marking the 104th anniversary of President Gerald Ford's birth are planned in western Michigan. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation hosts a lecture Thursday and a wreath-laying tribute Friday in Grand Rapids. The lecture, "Why Trade Matters," will be delivered in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum auditorium by Carla Hills. She was Ford's Housing and Urban Development secretary and later a trade representative. 

Carla A. Hills

Jul 11, 2017

A celebration to commemorate President Gerald R Ford's 104th birthday is happening this week Ambassador Carla A. Hills will speak on Thursday. Hills served as Ford's Secretary of Housing and Urban Public Affairs and joins us this morning.

Presidential museum unveils smaller version of Ford statue

Jan 12, 2017

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in  is displaying its own version of a statue that will be aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford when it deploys.  The 7-foot tall statue of Lieutenant Commander Ford was unveiled last year and the smaller version, known as a maquette, has been added to the Grand Rapids museum's recently redone World War II exhibit.

President Gerald R. Ford's family gathered in downtown Grand Rapids at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum yesterday to commemorate the 38th President death. President Ford passed away the day after Christmas 10 years ago. 

"It's hard to think how time files, it was such a heartfelt moment when the funeral and things were happening in Grand Rapids," said Joseph S. Calvaruso, the executive director of the Ford Foundation. "It does just seem like yesterday."

Calvaruso said he remembers how Grand Rapids responded at the time. 

Hilary Farrell

A ceremony honoring former President Gerald R. Ford’s birthday emphasized a legacy of national unity. 

"As we currently experience a deep divide in our country, we are reminded that we’ve been here before. And we also remember that President Ford held our country together."

"He helped all of us to dream of possibilities." 

As the event's keynote speaker, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says that message remains just as relevant today.

Gerald R. Ford memorial and wreath-laying service in Grand Rapids.
Hilary Farrell

Events marking the 103rd anniversary of the birth of President Gerald Ford are taking place in western Michigan.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting Thursday's ceremonies, which include a wreath-laying tribute at Ford's tomb in Grand Rapids.
The wreath-laying will be conducted on behalf of President Barack Obama and the Ford family. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present a wreath on behalf of the city.
Following the ceremony, the Ford Presidential Museum will open free to the public through 5 p.m.