In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on popular topics including the Supreme Court, the Cold War, presidential biography, and more.
Following President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, Gerald Ford was catapulted into the nation’s highest office and became the first and only unelected president. Historian Scott Kaufman traces Ford’s unprecedented rise, from his Depression-era childhood through his service in World War II, his entry into Congress in the early stages of the Cold War, and his role as minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Scott Kaufman is chair of the Department of History at Francis Marion University, Florence, SC, and the author of the book Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford, forthcoming in November 2017.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation