Arthur Vandenberg

The Global Legacy of a Grand Rapids Boy

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • October 21, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 pm

Free with Museum admission

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The idea that a Senator—Republican or Democrat—would put the greater good of the country ahead of party seems nearly impossible to imagine in our current climate of gridlock and divisiveness. But this hasn’t always been the case. Arthur H. Vandenberg (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the foundation of American foreign and domestic policy today.

Please join author Hank Meijer for a presentation on how Arthur Vandenberg forged a consensus that helped make the American Century. Mr. Meijer will also sign copies of his latest book, Arthur Vandenberg, The Man in the Middle of the American Century.

About the Author


Hank Meijer_headshotHank Meijer is executive chairman of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids.  He joined the family retail business at the age of 11 as a grocery clerk.

After serving as a reporter for a Detroit-area newspaper group, he became editor and later publisher of a weekly newspaper in Plymouth, Michigan. He rejoined Meijer in 1979 as assistant advertising director.

In 1984, he published Thrifty Years, a biography of Hendrik Meijer, the company’s founder and his grandfather.  His biography of Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg 
was recently published by the University of Chicago Press.

Hank is vice-chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He also serves on the executive committee of the Food Marketing Institute and is a trustee of the National Constitution Center and The Henry Ford.  He is a member of the University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Group and the Ford School of Public Policy board of advisors and chairs the board of the Kettering Foundation. 

Ticket Prices

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $22.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $24.00
Youth (5-11) Free $18.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.