Wednesday, January 03, 2007

President Ford burial rant

I've heard and read about President Ford being laid to rest today on the grounds of his Presidential Library and Museum (other reports have said Presidential Library) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In truth, Ford was buried on the grounds of his Presidential Museum. Ford's Presidential Library and Presidential Museum are unique in that they are located in separate cities.
The museum is located in Grand Rapids, while the library is located on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Despite having two locations, the library and museum are considered a single institution and are managed by a single director.

I've been mildly annoyed seeing wire stories in the paper and various radio and Web reports reporting that both institutions are in Grand Rapids or that the library is located there. How difficult would this have been to check? Sounds like a librarian was needed on this one.

And yes, geek that I am, I did visit the museum when I attended a professional conference in Grand Rapids in fall 2003.


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