Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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G e r a l d R . F o r d P r e s i d e n t i a l L i b r a r y A n n A r b o r , M i c h i g a n January 2017 35 Ashley Gregory Director of Sales, agregory@homeofpurdue.com 765-447-9999 or 1-800-872-6648 Offering meeting planners countless choices: 278 Different Restaurants • 55 Meeting Venues 15 Art Galleries • 8 Golf Courses 5 Conference Hotels And 1 Lafayette-West Lafayette Meeting Expert ready to assist you from the first step to the last! Courtesy Ford Presidential Library 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. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

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