Ford Museum to expand

6.19.14:  Gerald R. Ford Museum moves ahead with expansion


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) €” The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is moving forward with a planned update and expansion after raising $15 million for the project.


The update was announced Thursday by museum officials and Ford’s son Steven Ford, who is ending his term as chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He’s being succeeded by Red Cavaney, who served on President Ford’s White House staff.


Steven Ford and Cavaney say the project will build an 8,000-square-foot student learning center and create interactive exhibits at the museum in Grand Rapids. The foundation will move ahead with design plans and revamped permanent exhibits.


A groundbreaking will be announced later. The project also includes digitalization of important papers at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.