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Interactive exhibits among highlights of updated Ford museum

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is reopening soon in Michigan after months of renovations.

The updates include a simulation of a 1944 typhoon that threatened the aircraft carrier on which Ford served during World War II and the chance to stand behind the 38th president's desk in a replica of the Oval Office.

The museum in Grand Rapids reopens June 7 after being closed since last fall for renovations.

The project included construction of the 8,000-square-foot DeVos Learning Center, which is designed to foster civic engagement among students.

Ford was a congressman from Grand Rapids before becoming vice president and then president following Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation.

Ford died in 2006, but his family and some members of his administration plan to attend a June 6 gala.

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