Don't miss: Former assistant's talk leads Betty Ford
91st birthday celebration

Patti Matson, assistant press secretary to former first lady Betty Ford, will present a lecture titled "Betty Ford: Strength in a Package Marked Fragile," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

Matson will offer insight into one of the nation's most admired first ladies as she shares stories and memories from the Ford White House.

As a young White House aide, Matson says, she developed an admiration for Betty Ford's staying power and determination, and is honored to speak to celebrate the life of Ford, who turns 91 on April 8.

A reception will follow. The event is free and seating is open.

Guests also can view the library's new exhibit, "Economy in Crisis, 1974-75." Economic crises on an international scale are not new, and President Ford inherited such a crisis in 1974. The exhibit shows how he attacked a combination of inflation, recession, budget deficits, and oil supply worries.

The Library is open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed on federal holidays. It is at 1000 Beal Ave. on North Campus. Parking is free.

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