Carter Presidential Library Upgrading

Former President Jimmy Carter smiled more broadly than usual Thursday, announcing plans for a $10 million renovation of his presidential museum in Atlanta.

Carter told a crowd gathered at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, including dozens of schoolchildren on a visit, that he hoped the new, interactive exhibits would encourage visitors to get involved in public service or the type of work the Carter Center is known for —- relieving poverty, working for democracy and eradicating disease.

“I hope that Atlanta will become much more attuned through the presidential library to what’s going on in the world,” Carter said.

Patrick Gallagher & Associates of Maryland is the designer. Gallagaher also is designing the proposed Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, and his work can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, the D-Day museum in France, and the Wuxi Science Center in China.

The museum will close April 27 and reopen Oct. 1, Carter’s 85th birthday.

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