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An Anonymous Patron writes "Nancy Reagan Sees Old Air Force One to Bed,[login: lisusethis; password: hahaha] The New York Times covers a new, and quite large, addition in Simi Valley. During its years of presidential service, the jet also ferried Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and both Bushes. The four-engine jet, tail No. 27000, flew 445 missions as Air Force One, covering more than 1.3 million miles, and was used by Reagan from 1981 to 1989."
An Anonymous Patron writes "Bush Library director moves to new post in D.C. A national search for a new director of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is already underway, outgoing Director Douglas Menarchik said Monday.
The selection process, which is overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration, may only take a few months, he said."
From KATV in Little Rock, two stories on the soon- to-be-open Clinton Presidential Library, the first about placement of declassified documents (only President Bush can declassify them sooner than five years), and the second about a forum on racial reconciliation planned for the opening events; read all about it!
Update: 09/20 19:25 EST by B:Want to get YOUR NAME into the Presidential Library? This website will be collecting get well wishes to send to President Clinton, now recuperating at home from his bypass surgery.
Anonymous Patron sends "this Newsweek article that focuses on the architectural aspects of the Clinton Presidential Library which is set to open November 18, 2004. Clinton chose "James Polshek "a much-respected 'architect's architect,' whose clean-edged modernist designs reveal a deeply humanist touch."
Were his obsessions worth it? Absolutely. Like Clinton himself, the library is larger than life: bold and dramatic. Yet, as he wanted, it's also people-friendly and light. It campaigns hard for your vote of "Wow!"
Anonymous Patron writes "Looks Like Abe Is Coming Home; The move _ which requires years of planning, a platoon of movers, three weeks and $109,000 _ is the last major step before opening the long-delayed, state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The old library is a dungeon-like maze of rooms beneath the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield. With the move underway, shelves are half-empty. The floors are crowded with orange "RentaCrates" being loaded with books and papers. Empty cabinets, broken chairs and boxes of odds and ends are scattered everywhere."
Now that we know Bill's OK, Associated Press is reporting More than 30,000 get-well messages received by former President Clinton's foundation Web site will be displayed in his presidential library when it opens Nov. 18.
The Clinton Foundation, which is building the $165 million library and center in Little Rock, set up a message board on its Web site in advance of Clinton's heart bypass surgery Monday morning. By Sunday night, the number of messages had exceeded 30,000, said Clinton spokesman Jim Kennedy.
Mary McKnight calls herself Ronald Reagan's No. 1 fan. Gazing somberly at the 40th president's tomb, the retired nurse from Kansas murmured, "It's humbling to be here."
Nearby, a boy in a New York Yankees jersey seemed less impressed by Reagan's library and museum, muttering about wanting to go to Disneyland.
The contrast illustrates the challenge facing the nation's 11 presidential libraries--soon to be 12 with the opening of Bill Clinton's this fall--as they compete for visitors at a time when many tourists would rather be riding a roller-coaster than sifting through presidential archives.
Although Reagan's death has led to a surge in visitors to the library, attendance at the nation's presidential libraries during the past five years has declined about 13 percent. To reverse the trend, libraries are adding attractions, turning to more-aggressive marketing tactics and leaning on tourist attractions to promote themselves. Read more.
Little Rock will get a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T when Aretha Franklin performs Nov. 16, as part of the festivities leading up to the Clinton Presidential Library's grand opening.
According to the Houston Chronicle the Franklin concert is expected to be one of several major artistic highlights of the week leading up to the Nov. 18 library opening. Other events include a documentary film festival, an exhibit of White House art and an outdoor concert.
Anonymous Patron writes "The Chicago Sun Times is one place with news on a Maryland motorcycle dealer whose parents once worked for Abraham Lincoln's son and wife who gave Illinois a prized leather portfolio belonging to the 16th president that is worth perhaps $1 million.
The worn carrying case emblazoned with Lincoln's name in gold lettering is believed to have been used by Illinois' favorite son to carry drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation and other important speeches and documents between the White House and his retreat outside the capital."
This AP article gives us a bit of perspective on the operations of the eleven (and soon to be twelve) Presidential Libraries, and how things are faring for them.
Reporter Andrea Almond tells us, "Although Reagan's death has led to a surge in visitors to the library, attendance at the nation's presidential libraries during the last five years has declined about 13 percent. To reverse the trend, libraries are adding attractions, turning to more aggressive marketing tactics, and leaning on nearby tourist attractions to promote themselves."
The article goes on to tell us about the soon to be open Clinton Library, which includes exhibits on White House pets - cat Socks and dog Buddy, and includes a display of Mickey Mantle's rookie baseball card, which was a gift for the president.
At least one of the exhibits deals with the President's impeachment.
Sharon Fawcett, deputy assistant archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration says on the subject of Presidential Libraries:
"People want to know about their presidents, and these libraries offer that opportunity. It's a challenge for all libraries and museums, not just presidential ones, to draw young visitors when competing with the Disneylands and other amusements."