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Gerald R. Ford museum moves ahead with expansion

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 10:01 am •  Published: June 19, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids will move forward with a planned expansion after a foundation raised $15 million for the project, officials said Thursday.

The update came from those involved in the project including the late president's son Steven Ford, who is ending his term as chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He's being succeeded by Red Cavaney, who served on President Ford's White House staff.

Steven Ford and Cavaney said the project will build an 8,000-square-foot student learning center and create interactive exhibits at the museum in Grand Rapids. The foundation will move ahead with design plans as well as the revamped permanent exhibits. The museum is expected to announce a date for the groundbreaking date in the coming months.

"The foundation has the chance to partner with the museum and library to create something very special for our community and beyond," Steven Ford said in a statement.

The foundation said the updated exhibits will aim to engage visitors "in a deeper conversation about the impact of President and Mrs. Ford on the nation." The project also includes digitalization of important papers at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, which is located in Ann Arbor.

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