Presidential Libraries

FDR Library Cancels Social Security Forum

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Only one side of the story on social security has been presented at taxpayer expense by Bush to dozens of pre-screened controlled audiences as described by
Hubert G. Locke.

Now in a disingenuous move Cynthia Koch, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, has informed a number of women's groups, including the Older Women's League, that a forum on Social Security scheduled for April 9 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park can not be held. It is historical fact that FDR's administration crafted the New Deal but the Bush administration finds ways to close the public sphere over and over.

Read more about the FDR Library controversy in Newsday."

New Lincoln Library/Museum Goes High Tech

NPR's Morning Edition had a lengthy piece on the soon-to-open museum portion of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. While some argue that the "Six Flags Over Lincoln" approach is way over the top, other claim that it's important to provide interpretation that is not only accurate, but compelling, as a foil to history illiteracy. Audio will be available at 10 a.m. EST

Baylor jockeys for Bush library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail Says Mr. Bush is just months into his second four-year term, but competition is already heating up for the privilege of hosting the library, which will house the President's archives when he steps down."

Clinton Library a popular spot

A Columnist from Fredericksburg, VA visits The Clinton presidential library in Little Rock., Ark., and finds some surprises.

"The longer I stayed, the more I roamed, the more I thought I could enjoy a longer stay in the city by the Arkansas River. I went with modest expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. My map and my guidebook spoke of many, many sights unseen. Alas, a glance at my watch warned that I must move on, rejoining the concrete conveyor of I-40 for my journey."

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U. of Texas forms presidential library committee

The Daily Texan, the student newspaper at the University of Texas, says UT is writing a proposal for the Bush library:

A month after the UT System expressed interest in a bid for the presidential library of President George W. Bush, a committee has been selected to develop the proposal for the first family, according to the UT System.

Director of Nixon Library Will Release Political Tapes

Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times Reports the director of Richard M. Nixon's presidential library, under fire from historians for canceling a conference on the Vietnam War, has agreed to eventually make public hundreds of hours of tapes that have been kept secret because they involve Mr. Nixon's political rather than governmental work."

When history gives you lemons

Anonymous Patron writes "The Sentinel Online - Editorial on the proposed presidentail library for James Buchanan, "the worst chief executive in the country's history."They author, Rich Lewis, says Yes, several presidents deserve consideration as the worst of all time because they were especially evil, incompetent, unpleasant or irrelevant.

But Buchanan wins the title because he scores well in all four categories."

Historians Ask Congress To Suspend Nixon Transfer

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Nixon historians have written Congress to request suspension of the transfer of Nixon Presidential library materials from the National Archvies to the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.
The Nixon historians assert, "The unprofessional behavior of the Nixon Library leadership calls into question that institution's fitness to join the Presidential Library system. The Nixon Library evidently feels free to toss aside, at its own convenience, its commitments to Whittier College and to the conference participants. A similarly cavalier attitude toward the commitments that the Library has made to the National Archives and to the Congress, in order to gain public funding for the transfer, would seriously jeopardize public access to and long-term preservation of invaluable historical records."

Scholars Suspect a Political Motive as Nixon Library Nixes a Conference on Vietnam Era

Anonymous Patron writes "The Chronicle of Higher Ed. is now covering The decision by The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace to call off an academic conference focusing on the history of President Nixon and the Vietnam War, citing financial considerations and a lack of interest.
Last week's cancellation of the event, which was to have been held April 28 and 29 in conjunction with nearby Whittier College, Nixon's alma mater, has angered many historians and scholars, who say the private library is seeking to squelch discussion about the Nixon presidency."


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