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'Love Story' Centers on Truman Letters

More than 1,300 letters he wrote over 50 years, along with a handful the first lady wrote to her husband, play out on stage this Valentine's Day in "The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman," at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.

Workers at the museum and library know why only a handful of Bess Truman's letters to her husband exist.

They tell a story of Harry Truman finding his first lady at a fireplace, burning hundreds of letters she'd written him.

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Nation's first ladies find a home in Canton

Bob Cox noted News that the National First Ladies Library is now open in Ohio.
In September, all of the materials were moved into the refurbished 1895 building, which was dedicated by first lady Laura Bush.

The cornerstone of the library is the bibliography. It's a rapidly growing book collection of nearly 3,200 titles that represents about 70 percent of all the books ever written about or by a first lady, Krider said.

Size matters for presidential library

If Richard Norton Smith has his way, the Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, may soon be the most up-to-date and popular presidential library in the country.
Steve Neal, with the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Smith, tapped for the project by Illinois Governor Blagojevich, intends to firmly establish Springfield as "'the preeminent center of Lincoln scholarship". While plans are in process to make the "Lincoln center" a dynamic and educational facility, Smith says the most important thing is size, calling the new vision, "a museum of unparalleled size, originality and educational promise".
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Real Nixon Library Finally

A real Nixon Library - LA Times has a story today about the Nixon Presidential Papers finally being given to the library.

Clinton's gift to Internet age

Reuters Says The archives of the Bill Clinton presidential library will contain 39,999,998 e-mails by the former president's staff and two by the man himself.

"The only two he sent," Skip Rutherford, president of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, which is raising money for the library, said on Monday.

One of them may not actually qualify for electronic communication because it was a test to see if the commander in chief knew how to push the button on an e-mail.

Nixon Library likely to get big influx of material

An Anonymous Patron sent in this story about a huge transfer of materials from the National Archives to the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace.

With the stroke of President Bush's pen, possibly as early as this month, archivists will begin the long and arduous task of preparing every last bit of Nixon materials - a cache that could fill 13 swimming pools - for shipment to the private Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif.

But the impending move, set in motion by Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Gary Miller, R-Calif., is as controversial as it is historic.

Nixon's voluminous materials have remained in the Washington area for the past 30 years for a reason: because Congress decided in the wake of Watergate that neither the disgraced former president nor his family could be trusted with them.

Now the archivists in charge of overseeing the move are proceeding with caution. Nixon historians, however, are downright worried that the new guardians - Nixon's family and former aides - will choke off access to the collection and frustrate future releases.

Carter to blog from West Africa on the Guinea worm situation

Ascribe - The Public Interest Newswire tells of Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter's upcoming trip to Togo, Mali, and Ghana, to call international attention to the need to eliminate the world's last remaining 1 percent of Guinea worm. Members of the general public can accompany Carter virtually by visiting The Carter Center as he blogs from the field. Beginning Feb. 2, the reports on the Carter Center's website will share the former president's thoughts and feelings during his journey in West Africa. Here's the whole wire story.

Clinton Library Prompts Airport Facelift, Tourism Advertising

A Short Little Blurb from Arkansas says Little Rock National Airport is going to spend $1 million renovating its main entrance. The airport commission says the work is in preparation for the planned opening in November of the Clinton Presidential Library.

Legal Woes for Clinton Library in Ark.

Little AP Blurb says Arkansas officials Tuesday asked a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Clinton Presidential Foundation seeking tax breaks for the presidential library project.

In the filing, the state Department of Economic Development claims the nonprofit foundation is not entitled to tax breaks under a program designed to promote ``business enterprises.''

``The list of 'business enterprises' does not include libraries, schools, educational facilities or government institutions,'' the filing said.

Congressional bargainers allow first step for Nixon presidential library

House-Senate bargainers agreed Wednesday to let the government take the first steps toward establishing a formal Richard Nixon presidential library.

Until now, the late President Nixon has been the only president without his own federal library since the National Archives presidential library system began with President Hoover's library in Iowa.

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