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Events take on a stately air at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Every presidential library and museum in the coun-
try is housed under one roof in one facility, except one:
the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
President Ford wanted the museum to be in his home-
town of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but he wanted his
documents, archives and academia to be in Ann Arbor,
where he went to the University of Michigan, said Kate
Murray, special events coordinator for the library.
The main event space at the library is the lobby,
where groups of up to 120 can gather for seated dinners,
or as many as 250 guests can mingle during standing
receptions. The 1,700-square-foot auditorium has a
stage and audiovisual equipment and can seat 200
people for lectures, symposiums and other presenta-
tions. The library's classroom can accommodate up to
40 people or can be divided into two smaller rooms.
Groups most often have a lecture or a symposium in
the auditorium, followed by a reception or a dinner in
the lobby, Murray said.
In the lobby, guests can explore a variety of exhibits,
such as the Betty Ford corner dedicated to the former
first lady or the Wolverine corner, which highlights
President Ford's time at the University of Michigan. One
exhibit goes over the timeline of his life, including how
he went by his birth name, Leslie Lynch King Jr., before
his mother married his stepfather.