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Presidential Libraries, Museums Are Dark Horses on Campus, Students Say

Excerpt - "If I were trying to decide which university to attend, I would want a university that offered the widest range of programs and experiences," he says. "Having a presidential library on campus separates an institution from other schools."

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Hundreds of goats help clear brush at Reagan Library

Hundreds of goats help clear brush at Reagan Library

Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley will have an opportunity in the next few weeks to see hundreds of four-legged helpers of the Ventura County Fire Department doing their part to reduce the risk of wildfires.

About 900 goats are in the fields around the library, helping eat the shrubs that could be fuel for fires.

At Nixon library, the old game of hardball against a new view of Watergate

At Nixon library, the old game of hardball against a new view of Watergate

The former president's loyalists fought a revised portrayal of the scandal and sought to hold up confirmation of the National Archives director over the redesign by historian Timothy Naftali.
Now, a fuller portrait is emerging of the campaign the loyalists waged and the tactics they employed — including the use of high-level political pressure — to thwart Naftali's efforts at the library.

Bush library to mark a milestone today

Bush library to mark a milestone today

After months of work, the last piece of the frame on the George W. Bush Presidential Center -- an approximately 20-foot-long steel beam -- will be lifted by crane and placed at the tallest point of the building, over what will become Freedom Hall, a light-filled space topped with a lantern-shaped roof that will glow at night.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/10/02/3413553/bush-library-to-mark-a-milestone.html

Bush library fundraising has surpassed $300M goal

Bush library fundraising has surpassed $300M goal
George W. Bush has already surpassed his goal of raising more than $300 million to support his presidential library. A Bush spokesman said the foundation will not name the financial backers though it plans to name some later. The largest single contribution in the past year was $25 million.

Man stole FDRs speeches from presidential library in Hyde Park

Man stole FDR's speeches from presidential library in Hyde Park
With a published presidential historian locked in a Maryland jail cell, federal officials are trying to determine how he allegedly stole hundreds of historic documents, including seven signed speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt taken from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

Will Bobby Kennedy's Papers Be Heading to JFK Library?

BOSTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Archivists are preparing to make public 63 boxes of Robert F. Kennedy's papers kept secret for 40 years, Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library said.

The decision to open the 63 boxes was reached March 1 after years of efforts to persuade Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel, to give control of his papers to the library, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Library Director Thomas J. Putnam said archivists should finish organizing and declassifying the papers in six months to a year.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/12/Archivists-preparing-Robert-Kennedy-papers/UPI-580...

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But according to another story in today's New York Times, family members are having second thoughts about where the papers should be housed and are considering moving them elsewhere because they believe that the presidential library has not done enough to honor the younger brother’s legacy.

Many of the papers, dealing with Cuba, Vietnam and civil rights, are classified as secret or top secret. There are also 2,300 other boxes covering every stage of Robert Kennedy’s life, including his years as a United States senator and attorney general, most of which have already been opened for research.

Nixon Library To Take the Spin Out of Watergate

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- History is being restored at the Richard Nixon Library, where the Watergate exhibit once told visitors nearly four decades after the scandal led to his resignation that it was really a "coup" by his rivals.

For years the library exhibit that retraces the former president's notorious saga was a target of ridicule, panned for omissions and editing that academics and critics said shaped a legacy favorable to the tainted 37th president.

On Thursday, archivists will present a revamped and expanded version of the exhibit at the Yorba Linda CA library, a $500,000 makeover they say is faithful to fact, balanced and devoid of political judgment.

"What we tried to do is lay out the record and encourage visitors to come in ... and draw their own conclusions," said Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives.

More from the AP.

Alderman proposes site for Obama library

Alderman proposes site for Obama library
Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson says she thinks she has found the perfect site for the Barack Obama Presidential Museum and Library.

JFK library to put all its records online

JFK library to put all its records online
The presidential library commemorating the life of US President John F Kennedy is digitising every scrap of paper, video, audio and artefact it possesses.

The project is the largest undertaken by one of the 13 presidential library.

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