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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids will play host to two former first ladies Monday.

Mrs. Barbara and Mrs. Laura Bush are taking part in a conference that will examine the role of the first lady.

The Gerald R. Ford Museum is celebrating President Ford's centennial birthday and Betty Ford's 95th birthday by hosting an event called "America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy."

Former first ladies Mrs. Barbara and Laura Bush are here to share their experiences in the White House.

Laura Bush's former chief of staff, Anita B. McBride, is directing the conference. She tells WZZM 13 the public will get a glimpse into many first ladies' lives, and a look at what missions they started to help America, the tough choices they've had to make, and the huge expectations they've faced.

"To tell what they have done, peel back the layers and show their contributions and show what a partnership this has been for many presidents and first ladies in the important work of our nation," said McBride.

The day-long conference will begin with a teacher workshop at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The workshop will include presentations by former Presidential Archivist Nancy Smith, Historian and Professor Allida Black, and White House Historical Association Education Programs Manager Courtney Speaker.

Susan Ford Bales, along with Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, will participate during a luncheon at the JW Marriott. The conversation will be moderated by David Ferriero, archivist of the United States. The cost to attend the luncheon is $50.

If you are interested in attending America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy, you can purchase tickets to the luncheon and register for the panel discussions by contacting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation at 616-254-0396 or online at www.geraldrfordfoundation.org

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