© 2021 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Life

Ford at 100

Michigan celebrates what would have been President Gerald R. Ford's 100th birthday this weekend.

Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan in his youth.

Jim Kratsas is the Deputy Director at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids. He says the late president's legacy is known around his native Michigan.

“It's a time to celebrate Michigan's favorite son,” says Kratsas.

He says the late president was also deeply involved in the local community.

“I always have a lot of people coming up to me and telling me he got them into the university of Michigan or helping them out with a problem with the IRS,” says Kratsas. 

The birthday celebration will take place all weekend at the Ford Museum.

Events include a speech by Ford's Secretary of State, a wreath-laying ceremony at Ford's tomb, and a model of the USS Gerald R. Ford created specially for the birthday.

Related Content