Presidential Libraries

Presidential Libraries Compete for Visitors in a Theme-park World

Across the country, presidential libraries are looking for ways to raise their profiles. 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. Some of the strategies for drawing visitors include rotating exhibits regularly, hosting speakers and educational series, offering school tours and adding attractions that appeal to all generations. Read More. [requires registration]

Presidential librarians talk shop in Hyde Park

Anonymous Patron writes "Very Shost AP Piece reports Archivists have begun organizing more than 600 tons of documents at the Clinton Presidential Library after the materials were moved from a nearby storage facility more quickly than expected.
Here's An Article on Jon Raney who has been assigned to determine which trees stay and which trees go in the wooded area along the Arkansas River between the library and the Heifer Project International's headquarters and world village.
Meanwhile, up in New York, the directors of the presidential libraries, from that of Herbert Hoover to that of the soon-to-be-opened library of Bill Clinton, came to the Roosevelt library's Wallace Center for their annual Directors Conference this week."

Clinton library - the view from within

That guy notes the Clinton Library is opening in a few months. Arkansas News Bureau has a "view from within," along with a list of opening week events. The four days of events leading up to the library's opening will include the reception of a lifetime for the Arkansas Arts Center, which will host all the living presidents and first ladies for an art exhibit the likes of which they likely haven't seen since their White House days.
They also say he is sending 125,000 invitations to the November 18th opening of his library.

FDR papers are an open book

An Anonymous Patron writes "The Poughkeepsie Journal Covers the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, the first of the nation's 10 presidential libraries founded in 1939 when he donated his 15,000-volume private library and 16 acres of his family's estate in Hyde Park.

''It seems to me that the dedication of a library is in itself an act of faith. To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.''"

Clinton library - the view from within

The Arkansas News Bureau takes a peak inside the Clinton Library.
Four months from completion, the library lacks some finishing touches, but with a tour guide's help, it is easy to visualize. Opening Week is coming up fast, and Promotions are going strong. With a guest list that includes President Bush and former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and their first ladies, some folks already are looking at historical perspective.

Not many empty shelves at Bill Clinton's library

Anonymous Patron sends " this from the Naples (FL) Daily News. 'In its eight years, the Clinton administration generated more than controversy. It generated paper, lots of paper, truckloads of paper, to be precise. You can see why the former president's book ran to 970 pages and may, in fact, be only the first volume of his memoirs.'"

Clinton papers off to library

Charles Davis writes " The final leg of a journey for hundreds of tons of documents from the Clinton presidency will be the shortest -- a mile across downtown Little Rock from a former automobile dealership where they've been stored for nearly four years, to their permanent home.

Beginning Tuesday, more than 200 truckloads of Bill Clinton's presidential records and materials will make the trip to their archival home, the Clinton Presidential Library on the east side of the downtown area.
More at
The Evening Times"

Bill Clinton to Release Some Papers Early

Anonymous Patron writes "AP Reports Former President Clinton will release thousands of domestic-policy records from his presidency nearly a year sooner than the law requires.

Clinton will make 100,000 such documents available to scholars and researchers Nov. 18, the day his presidential library opens, said Skip Rutherford, president of Clinton's nonprofit foundation."

Texas A&M Hopes to House Bush II Presidential Library

Officials at Texas A&M are hoping that President Bush will follow in his father's footsteps and have his presidential library housed at the prestigious university. While numerous institutions in Texas are hoping he'll pick them, Texs A&M says that "housing two presidential libraries would set them apart from any other university. So far, though, there's no indication they'll be [the chosen one] and some feel that since they already have one presidential library, they aren't likely to get another one. Read More.

Hundreds Flock to Reagan Library for July 4th Exhibit

"...Carrying cameras and flags, some in the crowd dressed in red, white and blue for the Fourth of July opening of "Mourning in America."
The hilltop library where the nation's 40th president is buried has seen four times its average number of visitors since it reopened June 14. Reagan died June 5 after battling Alzheimer's disease for a decade. The new exhibit, on display through Nov. 11, draws upon the public outpouring of sympathy for the Reagan family and the elaborate funeral events held in Southern California and Washington, D.C." Read More.


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