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Gala, rededication mark Ford museum reopening

Associated Press

Grand Rapids — A gala and rededication mark the reopening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum after months of renovations.

A pre-opening gala is Monday at the JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids. Ford died in 2006, but family members will attend. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a member of Ford’s cabinet, is scheduled to speak.

On Tuesday, a rededication ceremony is planned and the museum opens along with the new DeVos Learning Center. Cheney is among the scheduled speakers.

Ford was a congressman from Grand Rapids before becoming vice president and then president after Richard Nixon’s 1974 resignation.

Museum Director Elaine Didier has said the core exhibits “will now tell the complete life story” of the former president and first lady Betty Ford, who died in 2011.