Gerald R. Ford Museum free to public

A file image of President Gerald R. Ford.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum was free to the public Saturday.

Forty years ago on Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.To commemorate the historic event, the museum will not be charging visitors.

Ford was appointed vice president of the United States in 1973 after the former vice president, Spiro Agnew, was forced to resign. Then in 1974, Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal and Ford succeeded him as president.

Ford is the only man who was neither elected vice president nor president to have served in both capacities.

The museum was open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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