Robert Watson, professor of American Studies, was invited to the Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan for a special program and conference on the centennial celebration of Gerald Ford’s birth and the enduring legacy of Betty Ford and the first ladies. The guests of honor and keynoters were the former first ladies’ Barbara and Laura Bush.
 
The gala included two panels, one moderated by Richard Norton Smith, former director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Ford Presidential Libraries and organizer of the Lincoln Presidential Library and new Ford’s Theater Museum in Washington, D.C. Watson served on that panel with two other historians.
 
The second panel was moderated by David Ferriero, archivist of the United States, and featured the Ford children, Steven Ford and Susan Ford Bales.  Watson also spoke to and worked with school teachers from around Michigan who were attending the event. The event was co-sponsored by the Ford Presidential Foundation, White House Historical Association, and C-SPAN.
 
atson was also profiled in the Boca Life and Gold Coast magazines in April.