Presidential Libraries

Want to Design President Obama's Library? Call for Entries

Calling all architects and students, the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) wants to see your ideas for The Barack Obama Presidential Library.

The recent media coverage surrounding the announced library, drawing bids from New York, Honolulu, and Chicago, once again initiates the desire for speculations and projections. As the fourteenth of its kind, this civic institution will not only function to house a collection of artifacts and documents relating to the president’s life but will also provide an educational infrastructure and framework for outreach and community programs. Thus, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), this year’s Chicago Prize Competition is calling for speculative proposals for the Barack Obama Presidential Library to initiate a debate in order to rethink and redefine this particular building typology.

Entries are due by noon, January 10, 2015. You can find more information at Chicago Architectural Club.

Taxes go to operation of presidential libraries

In the nearly 60 years since the federal government became the official caretaker of former U.S. presidents' historical documents, presidential libraries have engaged in a delicate dance to keep the private foundations that build them and the taxpayers who keep them running from stepping on each other's toes.
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A Philandering President's Love Letters To Go on Display

From the New York Times a preview of the collection of love letters between President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips. The letters are going on display next week at the Library of Congress.

Obama Library Shown as an Outhouse in Norfolk NE Parade

From Omaha.com, a tasteless display during a July 4th parade.

Not the contest winner.

A Presidential Contest For Obama's Library

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/07/328555220/a-presidential-contest-for-obamas-library

There are 13 in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.

A created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.

Think of this fight over a presidential library like a boxing match with contenders in three corners of the ring — all looking to win the big prize and all claiming a connection to Obama.

Rebuilding Thomas Jefferson's lost library

Three Cities Face Off for President Obama's Library

From the Guardian:

There is sometimes a wistful note in Barack Obama's voice when he speaks in public these days. The US president makes regular references to his "remaining time in office" and notes that there are just two and a half years to finish the work that will define his legacy. That legacy will find a physical home in his presidential library, the museum-archives America's leaders build after leaving office to stand as a testament to their time as the world's most powerful man.

Mr Obama's library is still years from completion but every step in its planning process serves as another reminder that his presidency is reaching the beginning of its end. Monday is the deadline for cities to submit their proposals to be a host site for what will one day be known as the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Illinois Shelving $100M Gift To Obama Library

A plan to offer $100 million in tax dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois is on the shelf, as lawmakers wrapped up their spring session without advancing the idea.

Democrats in the president's home state pushed the proposal to compete against rival bids from Hawaii and New York. But it faced opposition from Republicans wary of an expensive and precedent-setting gift — with no immediately identified funding source — for a mostly private endeavor when the state faces serious financial difficulties.

Not all Democrats were on board either. Both the Democratic-controlled House and Senate adjourned without calling for any final votes on the measure.

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IL House committee OKs $100 million for Obama library

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-house-committee-oks-100-million-for-ob...

An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago.

The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next.

When It Comes To Presidential Libraries "Size Matters"

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/11/301749061/when-it-comes-to-presidential-libraries-size-matters

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their - well...

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