Presidential Libraries

TX Universities fight for GW Bush 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."

David Alsobrook the Boss at the new Clinton Library

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:
From Zwire:
"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.""

Bush library official named to top position

Anonymous Patron writes "The Bryan-College Station Eagle Reports the George HW Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas has a new boss. Warren Finch Jr. will replace Douglas Menarchik, who has accepted a federal post with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Finch’s appointment begins Dec. 27."

This is It! Clinton Library Opening

From ABC News, opening day at the William Jefferson Clinton Library.

Dignitaries will include (in no particuar order): Bill, Hillary, Bono from U2, Aretha Franklin, the current President, his dad, and Jimmy Carter.

Update: 11/18 08:23 EST by B:The New York Times has a slide show along with its article (you must watch a film trailer first, but the slide show is pretty good). Click on Multimedia about half way down in the right-hand column. Pretty amazing looking library!

Update: 11/18 09:06 EST by B:Another story, alluding to plans for a "counter library" ???...

Fitting or Not, a Lincoln Tribute Moves Forward

Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Time Looks Inside the Lincoln museum and library. Not everyone is pleased with Richard Norton Smith's (director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) plans. Critics fear that in his desire to appeal to children and others who are unfamiliar with Lincoln, he is sacrificing the authenticity and decorum that the Great Emancipator deserves. He is pressing ahead, however, determined to give visitors a dose of what he calls "in-your-face history."
Directors of many historical museums are wrestling with the issue of how much dazzling technology to use. Projects like the Lincoln Museum and one being built at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, are pushing the limits of computer graphics, holograms and other state-of-the-art techniques."

Five universities vie to land next presidential library

Anonymous Patron writes " - Five universities vie to land next presidential library. As the Clinton Presidential Center prepares to open this week in Arkansas, speculation is growing in Texas about where President Bush will build his library.

If serious lobbying is any indication, the front-runners appear to be Baylor University, the Baptist school near Bush's ranch, and Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of first lady Laura Bush."

A tale of two other libraries

The Arkansas Times looks at Presidential Libraries, the George H.W. Bush Library in TX, and the Clinton Presidential Center, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Last year, the National Archives and Records Administration needed $42 million to run the presidential library system, which is considerably more than the $64,000 that was required in 1955.
But for the residents of cities where presidential libraries are located, those costs are negligible. The local economic impact a library has is more significant. That is why the battle has already begun among schools in Texas to be the home of George W. Bush’s library. And as one president said, to the victors go the spoils.

Opening Week for Clinton Presidential Center

The celebration is about to begin down in Little Rock. has the Opening Week Calendar, if you are planning to be in the area. President George W. Bush and former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend the dedication of Bill Clinton's presidential library on Thursday in Little Rock. Most of U2 will be there as well. "Sexy, no, but they’re the life of the party" from the Arkansas Times covers the archives. John Glenn, the former astronaut and former U.S. senator, will help open the exhibit "Space and the Presidency" at the Museum of Discovery in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday.

Later that evening, a free concert with rock bands Better Than Ezra, The North Mississippi All-Stars and B-Side will perform at the Riverfest Amphitheater. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display billed as the largest Arkansas has ever had.

LBJ Library Has Letter from Vietnam Vet Lost for 36 Years

In June of 1968, recovering Vietnam Vet William Swoveland wrote a letter to then President Lyndon B. Johnson from his hospital bed in Japan, questioning the war--how and why the country was fighting it. Swoveland, now 71, and a resident of South Florida never received a response from the President (though he had sent him one), due to a failure in the military mail system.

Here's a portion of the long-overdue response from LBJ

    "What have we gained from our global commitment that could possibly be worth the sacrifice of American lives? The answer to your question is not a simple or easily visible one."

Both parts of the correspondence can now be seen at his Presidential Library in Austin Texas. Interesting story of how the text of the letter finally got into Swoveland's possession after 36 years is here.

Clinton Library Brings New Hope to Little Rock

We usually hear about how a mall or large chain store revives a slumbering commercial area, but now, here's much better news...the Clinton Library's reviving Little Rock.

This Arkansas Times article about the soon-to-be-open Clinton Presidential Library focuses on how the library is strengthening and attracting new businesses to the area surrounding it in Little Rock. New apartment houses, formerly decrepit hotels renovated, new construction, new businesses coming to town, etc., are just part of what the library has brought to Little Rock.

Very exciting news!


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