A Visit to the Gerald R. Ford Museum

Last week when we exhibited at the LEA Convocation in Grand Rapids, we had the chance to visit the President Gerald R. Ford Museum one morning before the LEA exhibit hall opened.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that we believe visiting presidential libraries and museums is a great way to make your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses in government and history come to life.  At the Ford Museum, after being greeted by a display case of more than 30 bobbleheads of past and present historical figures, you can see artifacts from President Ford's early life and years in Congress before he ascended to Vice-President and President.  You'll see a replica of the Oval Office and sit in a replica cabinet room where difficult decisions were made.  You'll also learn about his family life and his post-White House life which lasted nearly 40 years.  Finally you'll have the opportunity to visit President and Mrs. Ford's graves which are located outside the museum.  Presidential libraries and museums are scattered throughout the United States.  Presidents Nixon and Reagan have libraries in California.  Presidents Johnson, Bush 41 and Bush 43 have libraries in Texas.  FDR and JFK have libraries in the northeast portion of the country.  Presidents Carter and Clinton have libraries in the southern United States.  Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower join President Ford in having libraries in the midwest, and President Obama will join them when his library is completed in Chicago by the end of this decade.  As you work toward finishing your accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and ultimately earning your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma, visit a presidential library or museum or another type of museum that may enhance your studies.  You'll be glad you did.