search-engines-web.com shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nationâ€™s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
â€œIâ€™ve had easier sells,â€? said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. â€œThe problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the â€˜wowâ€™ factor now.â€?
The Los Angeles Daily News takes a look at the new Reagan papers. The library recently made available nearly 25,000 additional pages of Reagan's personal papers, including speeches, radio scripts and articles he wrote in the 1960s and '70s.
"All this dispels the myth that Ronald Reagan was somehow a creature of his advisers," Kaufman said. "The radio addresses prove the contrary. They show that Ronald Reagan was the driving force of his administration and the key policies emanating from it."
The AP Reports Three decades after the 37th president resigned in disgrace and the federal government seized his papers and tapes, a change in law is sending them home.
Library officials are planning a new addition to house them and hope to be ready this fall to begin the gradual transfer of 46 million pages of records, 30,000 gifts and 3,700 hours of tape.
They may get something less tangible as well -- a measure of validation for the library and perhaps for the man.
The AP Reports The nation's 12 presidential libraries, two of which are in Michigan, will be honored on a postage stamp to be issued next summer, the Postal Service said Friday.
First day of issue ceremonies will be held at the various libraries and at President Ford's separate museum on Aug. 4, the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act.
Anonymous Patron writes "After some Rumor Mongering Skip Rutherford, president of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Says Rutherford said library officials never claimed that the total visitor count, now up to 130,000, was the same as paid visitors. He also said that the figure from the NARA cited by U.S. News only included the number of walk-up ticket buyers and did not include those who bought individual (some 3,700) or family (about 3,000) annual memberships. Nor does that count include people who attended group functions at the library -- functions for which a rental fee has been paid."
Anonymous Patron writes "VOANews.com - THIS IS AMERICA - Presidential Exhibits at the National Archives visits the National Archives for some presidential history. "The American Presidency: Photographic Treasures of the National Archives" continues through February twenty-first, in Washington, D.C."
Anonymous Patron writes "A Release from U.S. Newswire tells us Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today the selection of Dr. Elaine K. Didier as the new Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. The appointment is effective January 10, 2005.
Dr. Didier, who is a professor and former dean of the Kresge Library at Oakland University in Michigan, will succeed Dennis Daellenbach who retired on January 1, 2005."
Anonymous Patron writes "The Monterey County Herald Reports from California. Nearly 25,000 pages of former President Reagan's personal papers, including speeches, radio scripts and articles he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, are now available for public review at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library."
Anonymous Patron writes "The Waco Tribune-Herald has an editorial discussing efforts by Southern Methodist University and Baylor University to eventually earn the distinction of having the George W Bush Presidential Library on their campus."
Bob writes "There was a lot of press when the Clinton Library opened on its architecture, scandal and what was actually in it. They're finally getting around to the people who staff it:
"Asked to compare a public library with a presidential library, Roberts describes the term "presidential library" as "a misnomer. It's really a presidential archives. I have no idea why they call them libraries. They are totally different things. Any archive is very specialized in what it deals with. Archives are primarily for people who will be doing historical research or research in what historians call primary materials-whereas, a public library is much broader based in what it presents to people.""