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Downtown museum exhibits 'In Step with Betty Ford'

April 9, 2018
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The dress former first lady Betty Ford wore during an interview with "60 Minutes." Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

To celebrate the 100th birthday of former first lady Betty Ford, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will display some of the historical items she left behind.

There will be a ribbon-cutting event tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the museum, at 303 Pearl St. NW, to commemorate the opening of the exhibit, “In Step with Betty Ford: A Celebration of her Centennial.”

The exhibit will display more than 150 artifacts and documents.

The items are from the National Archives, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Public Library.

“This exhibit provides the public an opportunity for an in-depth and personal view of Betty Ford in a way never before told by the Museum,” said Don Holloway, curator of the exhibition. “Her whole life prepared her for the leadership she would demonstrate as first lady and as a public figure after leaving the White House.”

The exhibit will be open until January 2019.

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