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  • First Lady Betty Ford
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    First Lady Betty Ford

    Richard Norton Smith talked about the life and influence of first lady Betty Ford and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included her professional career as a dancer and…

    4,590 views
  • Life Portrait of Gerald R Ford
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    Life Portrait of Gerald R. Ford

    In the thirty-seventh in a series on American presidents, scholars and historians discussed the life and career of Gerald Ford. Among the issues they discussed were his early career and…

    1,938 views
  • Life Portrait of Herbert Hoover
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    Life Portrait of Herbert Hoover

    In the thirtieth in a series on American presidents, Historians and scholars talked about the life and career of Herbert Hoover. Among the topics they discussed were Hoover’s devotion to his Quaker…

    2,326 views
  • President Life Portraits Series
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    Life Portrait of George Washington

    In the first of a series of life portraits of American presidents, Mr. Smith and Mr. Rees discussed the life and career of George Washington. They further talked about the history of…

    9,279 views
  • Former President Ford Interview
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    Former President Ford Interview

    Former President Ford talked about his years at Yale Law School, his service in the Navy, and his time as a congressman and president. Gerald R. Ford was a Republican congressman from…

    348 views
  • James Monroe and John Quincy Adams
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    James Monroe and John Quincy Adams

    Mr. Smith spoke about how the fifth president, James Monroe, who served from 1817 to 1825, and John Quincy Adams, his secretary of state, reshaped U.S. nationalism during the period. He…

    490 views
  • Ford Museum Tour Part 2
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    Ford Museum Tour Part 2

    President Ford talked about some of the ten exhibits added to the museum during its renovation. The new exhibits featured in this portion of the interview focus on Ford’s relationship with…

    109 views
  • Ford Museum Tour Part 1
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    Ford Museum Tour Part 1

    President Ford talked about some of the ten exhibits added to the museum during its renovation. The new exhibits featured in this portion focus on popular culture, Watergate, and Ford’s…

    169 views
  • The Life of President Herbert Hoover
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    The Life of President Herbert Hoover

    Historians talked about the life and career of Herbert Hoover. They talked about how Hoover was viewed by both contemporaries and historians. Among the issues they addressed were Hoover’s…

    273 views
  • President Ford Michigan Funeral Service
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    President Ford Michigan Funeral Service

    At a funeral service held at Grace Episcopal Church, where President and Mrs. Ford were married, former colleagues and family members paid tribute to the life and career of former President…

    1,524 views
  • President Ford Capital Arrival Preview
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    President Ford Capital Arrival Preview

    Telephone lines were open prior to President Ford’s funeral at the U.S. Capitol building. The program featured the arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base and final procession of the…

    290 views
  • emWhos Buried in Grants Tombem
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    Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?

    Mr. Smith and Mr. Lamb spoke about the book, Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb: A Tour of Presidential Gravesites, published by the National Cable Satellite Corporation. The book is a guide to…

    334 views
  • American Presidents Speech
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    American Presidents: Speech

    Mr. Smith spoke at a conference on historical sites related to American presidents. He discussed the importance and popularity of presidential history, as well as his work at the Ford…

    199 views
  • The White House in the Gilded Age
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    The White House in the Gilded Age

    As part of a forum on the 200th anniversary of the White House, Mr. Bushong talked about the first person to photograph the White House, Frances Benjamin Johnson. She also photographed the presidential…

    157 views
  • Presidential Elections
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    Presidential Elections

    Mr. Smith and Mr. Ellis talked about past and present presidential elections. They also responded to audience phone calls, faxes, and electronic mail.

    38 views
  • When Campaigns Were Fun The Reporters
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    When Campaigns Were Fun: The Reporters

    Reporters spoke about how the campaign process had changed over the past several decades. Through personal stories and anecdotes from past campaigns, they talked about the changing role of…

    60 views
  • Vietnam Politics and Media
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    Vietnam: Politics and Media

    Participants talked about the impacts of the Vietnam War on domestic politics and on the media. Among the issues they addressed were the power of the media to sway political decision making, how…

    105 views
  • Off Stage at the White House
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    Off Stage at the White House

    Participants spoke about the presidency, life in the White House, and about past presidents' personal and family life. They also talked about their own experiences behind the scenes and…

    64 views
  • emWhos Buried in Grants Tombem
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    Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?

    Dr. Smith talked about his life’s passion of researching the last days and visiting the final resting places of late presidents. He read excerpts from his recently published book.

    59 views
  • American Presidents
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    American Presidents

    Historians discussed the results of a survey which asked other historians to rank the presidents in various categories. They also talked about the various qualities that presidents demonstrated…

    876 views
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