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Library Gets Items From Kennedy's Presidency

gsandler writes "

Here is a
story from the NY Times about the efforts
of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
to get important bits of Kennedy memorabilia. "For years, curators at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum here have had a quintessentially New England problem: they were missing a winter glove. This was no ordinary glove, but the one that President Kennedy wore on his left hand on the day of his inauguration.
On Wednesday, the faded suede glove became part of a pair again, as the absent one was among thousands of notes, documents and objects, including a Kennedy rocking chair and an ink pen set he used to sign treaties and bills, from the Kennedy presidency that were turned over to the library and unveiled for the first time."
(Registration is required by the NY Times web site.)


So that's how we got all those white elephants!

Cortez writes "FDR would probably regret how his creation has been prostituted over the course of time: NARA Looks Back: The Presidential Libraries Act after 50 Years
Since 1941, 10 more presidential libraries have opened around the country, with two more scheduled. Signed into law on August 12, 1955, the act provides for the orderly transfer of presidential papers and memorabilia to the federal government. The law also permits former Presidents to build "presidential libraries" at no expense to the government and to transfer these facilities to the government along with their personal property. The government, in turn, agrees to maintain both the property and the buildings at public expense."

Accord reached on items for JFK Library

Associated Press Reports The National Archives and Records Administration reached a settlement with the estate of Robert L. White for the return of thousands of pages of documents and artifacts from Kennedy's political career, National Archives director Allen Weinstein announced Thursday. The materials were covered in a 1965 deed of gift from Kennedy's estate, which donated official papers and artifacts associated with the president and his life to the National Archives.

Texas Has Big Plans for Bush Presidential Library

Texas Has Big Plans for Bush Presidential Library President Bush's aides contend that he hasn't thought much about what he will do when he leaves office in January 2009. But there are indications that plans are underway.

Bush has named a close friend, former Commerce Secretary Don Evans, to head the search for the location of his presidential library.

Lincoln Library Benefits Tourism

The Bloomington Pantagraph Reports the facility has attracted more than 70,000 visitors in just six weeks. The David Davis Mansion (where Lincoln visited), which normally sees 23,000 visitors annually, has seen a big increase in interest since the museum opened, site director Marcia Young said. Assistant site director Jeannie Riordan said daily visits have doubled from 15 to 30. In addition, more school tours and bus tours have stopped at the mansion, she said.
Update: 06/05 20:29 EST by B:Oops, link fixed, thanks kmhess!

Clinton Library to Exhibit Former President's Musical Connections

sabine01 writes "From the Washington Post: We all know of President Clinton's saxophone performance on the Arsenio Hall show... An exhibit at the Clinton Library will include an eclectic display of musical memorabilia ... It'll run through Dec. 31st."

Nigeria: Refund Library Donations, AD Tells Obasanjo

So, George Washington isn't the best face to go with this story, but An Anonymous Patron sent along News From Nigeria where THE Alliance for Democracy, AD, has condemned the fund raising activities of the Obasanjo Presidential Library (OPL), and urged President Obasanjo to refund the monies donated.

In a statement by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the AD, the party urged President Obasanjo to return the funds collected so far, or in the alternative forward them to the National Universities Commission, NUC, for onward distribution among the terribly under-funded Nigerian universities and research institutions.

Historian asks for $10 million for Connecticut presidential library

Anonymous Patron writes " Reports A local historian who believes Samuel Huntington was the first president of the United States is seeking $10 million from the city, state and federal governments to build a presidential library.

Bill Stanley, president of the Norwich Historical Society, asked the City Council on Monday night to donate $1 million from funds it expects to receive from the Mohegan Tribe, owners of Mohegan Sun casino."

Lincoln Library Opens Tomorrow & The Bushes Will Be There

The President and Mrs. Bush will be present tomorrow at the official opening of the new Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, IL, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Library has already been opened to the public, but tomorrow will be the official dedication, at which it was hoped that the First Family would indeed be present.

Weinstein says Nixon library 'on track'

Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, assured members of the board and staff of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace on Friday that the Nixon Library is "on track' to be accepted into the National Archives and Records Administration Presidential Library system in the winter of 2006. A Bit More at


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