Presidential Libraries

Reagan Library Spared in Fire

A. Nonny Mouse tells us: "According to Newsmax, a California fire that swept through Simi Valley scorching some 80,000 acres just missed the Reagan Library."

Director is chosen for Abraham Lincoln library, museum

It looks like the troubled Abraham Lincoln library, museum is finally getting a boss. STLToday Reports nationally known historian who promises to mix scholarship with showmanship has been named head of Illinois' $115 million Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Richard Norton Smith, who has run four presidential libraries, called this "a time of unlimited possibility. If you're in the presidential library business, Abraham Lincoln is the tops."

Third suit filed over Clinton library site

NWANews.com Reports on another civil lawsuit challenging the means by which Little Rock financed the purchase of the site for the Clinton Presidential Center.
Nora Harris filed a suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court claiming that the city’s method of paying for the 30-acre site along the Arkansas River east of the Interstate 30 bridge was illegal.
Since 1998, Harris has waged a legal battle with the city over its purchase of what is now a 30-acre construction zone east of the River Market District.

Fire Outside the Truman Presidential Library

hradcany1 writes "Slight Damage From Fire Outside Truman Library:
It was a tense evening when fire broke out at a historic building in Independence. Firefighters were called to the Truman Presidential Museum and Library around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. It turns out the fire started outside a fuse box. The exterior of the building sustained some damage, but it's considered minor. The fire did not damage any of the artifacts inside the library.

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Clinton Meets Elvis

Steve Fesenmaier spotted Clinton Meets Elvis from over at Alternet.
They say thanks to savvy marketing by the Clinton Foundation, the former president has discovered a new following. Elvis fans have become fascinated with the foundation's latest fundraising tool – the Clinton cookbook, featuring the Elvis favorite, grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Gifts to President Are Carted to Storage

The Dayton Daily News is running This Associated Press Story on the gifts given to President Bush from foreign leaders.
They say gifts barely brush the president\'s hands before being carted off, crated and left to gather dust.
Thousands of gifts are carefully stored, but only a relatively few make it into displays at the presidential libraries; there are simply too many to exhibit.
The Constitution says the president cannot accept any foreign present without the consent of Congress

Presidential Libraries Aggravate People

Reported yesterday in South Carolina\'s The State was news of an anti-Clinton Library.

A bit of poking around the LISNews archives revealed that Blake already reported this in December.

What is it about Presidential Libraries that riles people up so?

From the Lincoln library, to the Nixon library, from the Clinton library, to the anti-Clinton library:

Presidential libraries are so aggravating

Newly found Truman diary unveiled

Jen Young writes "Cnn Reports Former President Harry Truman always denied that while in the White House he entertained the idea of having Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower run for president in 1948 -- with Truman as his running mate.

But a newly discovered diary written by the United States' 33rd president reveals that Truman did make the offer while talking politics one summer afternoon with Eisenhower. Truman worried that Gen. Douglas MacArthur would run for president on the Republican ticket.

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Clinton Library Looks to Strike Balance

An Associated Press Article says the world's largest museum design firm promises its work on the Clinton Presidential Library will strike a balance between entertainment and education, between the former president's feats and failures.

Dismantled former Air Force One heading for Reagan library

The Associated Press Reports The Boeing 707 that ferried seven U.S. presidents over a million miles as Air Force One makes one last journey this week - 120 miles in pieces by truck to its final roost - the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The largest portions - fuselage and wings - will be moved Friday to Simi Valley from San Bernardino International Airport, where it was welcomed in September 2001 after its final flight. Boeing Co. aircraft crews disassembled the plane in a San Bernardino hanger.

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