200 Years Later, George Washington Gets A Presidential Library
George Washington, the country's first president, finally will have a dedicated place where scholars can study his legacy and that of the founding fathers.
Today, at his estate in Mount Vernon, Va., the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, a $106 million project, opened its doors.
USA Today reports that the library fulfills one of Washington's wishes. In April 1787, he told a friend that he needed a place to accommodate his "military, civil and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting."