CALL Event: Young President Ford Walking Tour

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024
  • 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
  • $15

Grand Rapids’ favorite son, Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, is buried in our city beside his wife Betty, but he was not born here. In fact, he was not named Gerald R. Ford at birth.

This tour will tell the tale of our humble civil servant as you visit actual places touched by “Junior” during his All-American youth – 1913 through 1931 – in old Grand Rapids. Experience an inspirational story of a young man who was raised in this great midwestern city to become a world leader. You will learn where he lived, played, worshipped, studied, and competed athletically. As a final stop, you will visit Gerald Ford’s tomb, and then salute his statue in front of his Presidential Museum and his last working office.  

The common theme of Grand Rapids Walking Tours? A love for everything Grand Rapids ... its history, culture, entertainment, vibe, tastes, and exciting growth. It is the trifecta of exercise, education, and entertainment. We walk for about 60 – 90 minutes. We walk a little, gather at a site and talk, etc. Each walking tour is led by Caroline Cook. She has taught “Everything Grand Rapids, past, present and future” for ten years.  

All tours begin in the lobby of the JW Marriott downtown.


Please register by Wednesday, August 14, 2024 12:00 PM.

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