Made in New Jersey

Calling the White House

President Gerald Ford’s Rotary Phone

President Gerald Ford visited New Jersey during a campaign swing on October 13, 1976. After speaking at the Town and Country Inn (which was located on what is today  the campus of Kean University), the president visited Liberty Hall, which was then the residence of Mary Alice Barney Kean. Ford spent several hours relaxing in Liberty Hall. The Secret Service installed this telephone in a second-floor room in the home, allowing the president to directly communicate with the White House in case of an emergency, a measure considered necessary during the Cold War with the Soviet Union.