Plans call for funding a 10,500-square-foot student learning center at the museum and create new interactive exhibits. Online access to a number of the museum's historical documents also is planned along with documents at the Ford presidential library in Ann Arbor.
"The vision of this campaign is to attract students of all ages to the museum, and provide online access to the museum's and library's incredible holdings," said David Frey, Gerald R. Ford Foundation trustee and campaign co-chairman. "This expansion will let individuals explore the Ford presidency, the lives of Gerald and Betty Ford, and a significant number of historical documents associated with the history of our nation."
So far, $10 million already has been secured from trustees and supporters, the late president's son Steve Ford said. Friday's event marked the kickoff of the public portion of the campaign. Fundraising is expected to be completed in spring of 2013 and construction is scheduled to begin at the museum in late 2013.