Presidential Libraries

Top picks among books on Lincoln, his era

Anonymous Patron writes "Top picks among books on Lincoln, his era. Historiography advances in the same manner as scientific scholarship, as each generation brings new knowledge and insight to the task and builds upon the accomplishments of earlier scholars.The Lincoln Museum owns more than 18,000 books relating to Abraham Lincoln and his era, so it is difficult to choose a few for a capsule review on the weekend of Lincoln’s 196th birthday. Sara Gabbard gives it a try."

VIEWPOINT: Don't waste funds on W's library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Daily Texan - Opinion column says the new library seems to be a case of misplaced priorities. Students are more concerned with tuition increases and how the UT System resources would be used to solve the budget problem, rather than demanding more Bush representation on campus at great expense. We guess a small chunk of the students and faculty on campus will cheer, but many more students would boo, and the vast majority won't care except when it comes time to pay off their student loans."

UT may bid for Bush Library

Not many details here, but, The Associated Press reports The eyes of the University of Texas System are on getting the next presidential library and archives, its board of regents announced Thursday.

The UT System is aiming to be the first in the nation to house two presidential libraries. It already is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Archives.

Presidential Library For Buchanan May Be Created

Anonymous Patron writes "No, not Pat, but America's 15th president, James Buchanan, Reports The Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland in Lancaster said it is carefully considering plans for the creation of a library honoring America's 15th president, James Buchanan, at his former estate in Lancaster, PA.

The foundation has hired Patrick Clarke, the man who coordinated the creation of Woodrow Wilson's presidential library in Virginia, to oversee the project."

University of Texas makes pitch for President Bush's library

The Reader's Shop writes " Regents at the University of Texas System announced Thursday the creation of a committee to work on a proposal to bring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to one of the 15 UT campuses around the state. All 15 campuses will contribute ideas for the proposal, Huffines said.Other entities that have shown interest in the library are Baylor University, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Midland College and the city of has more."

Keepsakes of Lincoln

Anonymous Patron writes "From Chicago Tribune: Keepsakes of Lincoln (registration required). Together, the collections in Springfield, Ft. Wayne and Chicago represent the greatest concentration of Lincoln mementos, documents and images in the world, covering the full span of his life -- and all within a four-hour drive of the Loop.

The new institution in Springfield is actually a modern setting for an old collection. For decades, Illinois' 47,000 pieces of Lincolniana were stored in a sub-basement of the Old State Capitol, where there was virtually no exhibit space. Lincoln scholars knew it was there, but no one else knew."

Hundreds line up at Reagan Presidential Library for new stamp

twistedlibrarian writes "SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The unveiling of a postage stamp honoring President Reagan has drawn hundreds of people to his Presidential Library in California.

They stood in line for hours to get the new stamp with a first-day-of-issue postmark.

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Ceremony to salute presidential libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "One More Story on the design of a commemorative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.The vertical 37-cent stamp, showing the presidential seal reproduced in gold against a creme-colored background and the words "Presidential Libraries Fifty Years 37 USA," is scheduled to be dedicated Aug. 4 during ceremonies at all 12 library and museum locations."

Nation’s presidential libraries struggling to draw visitors 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 nation’s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
“I’ve had easier sells,� said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. “The problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the ‘wow’ factor now.�

New papers redefine Reagan

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."


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