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Press Release
May 31, 2006

A National Archives Tribute to President
Gerald R. Ford

President Fordís Washington and the World

Washington, DC…The National Archives hosts a tribute to President Gerald R. Ford on Monday, June 19, from 9-11 a.m. "President Fordís Washington and the World" tribute will feature presentations by distinguished Americans including Henry Kissinger, 56th U.S. Secretary of State (1973Ė1977), and David Gergen, political commentator, best-selling author of Eyewitness to Power, and adviser to Presidents for more than 30 years. They will be joined by James Cannon, assistant to President Ford for Domestic Affairs and author of Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History, and Carla Hills, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during Ford's administration. Historian, biographer, and nationally recognized authority on the American Presidency Richard Norton Smith will moderate.

These and other eyewitnesses to history will discuss the national and global impact of the Ford administration at a critical time in American history. The discussion will include such historic national milestones as the withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam, the admission of Vietnamese refugees, the pardon of former President Richard M. Nixon, and the offer of amnesty to those who left the country to avoid the draft, as well as many important international moments, such as the signing of the Helsinki Accords. The speakers will detail how these significant events, among others, shaped history during Fordís Presidency and how the policies created then still reverberate.

This event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW, and fully accessible. This program is free and open to the public. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter), please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.

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