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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal writes about the debacle over the leadership at the Abraham Lincoln library. Rehashing the surprisingly sordid history produces quotes like, "In a vengeful act, after removing his name as a contender for library director, Newtson used his influence as Ryan's chief of staff to sabotage the library and museum. Newtson diverted half of the library's operating funds--$1.5 million--to the former Public Policy Institute at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Most of its programs have nothing to do with Lincoln."
There's A NYTimes Story on a two-day conference on the Nixon tapes. John Carlin, archivist of the United States, said it would be several months before experiments on blank tape from the Nixon era would show whether it was worth exposing the erased part of the tape to the risks of restoration by current technology.
They also discussed unreleased tapes of Kennedy's, and from the Johnson administration. Everyone at the conference was delighted with the availability of presidential tapes and their being broadcast.
Meanwhile, The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace broke ground on an expansion that will double its size and feature a full-size replica of the White House East Room. The Los Angeles Daily News has Nixon, Reagan libraries bring history buff west.
"As loudspeakers played the tape-recorded voices of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon, scholars, journalists and curious citizens pondered what presidential tape recordings have already added to history and what still-secret tapes may show, and whether the 18 1/2-minute gap would ever be filled. The hum from the gap was also played."
"At a two-day conference on the tapings, which concluded this afternoon at the Kennedy Library here, John Carlin, archivist of the United States, said it would be several months before experiments on blank tape from the Nixon era would show whether it was worth exposing the erased part of the tape to the risks of restoration by current technology. The erasure on the June 20, 1972, tape, remains one of the great mysteries of the Watergate era. H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, took notes that indicated he and the president had discussed Watergate in the June 20 meeting, just three days after the burglary." (from The New York Times)
Jen Young points us to This STLToday Article on The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum that was meant to become a world-renowned shrine to Illinois' favorite son. They say some fear it has fallen prey to another Illinois institution - politics.
Bob Cox submitted This Story on The Indiana Historical Society, which has purchased nearly $3 million worth of rare Abraham Lincoln artifacts and materials, making the state a major player in the 2009 national bicentennial celebration of the birth of the Indiana-reared president.
The items acquired by the historical society come from Jack L. Smith of South Bend, who is said to have had the best private collection of original Lincoln photographs, lithographs, engravings, etchings, busts and paintings in the world, and renowned Lincoln dealer Daniel R. Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago since 1938.
Jen Young noticed CNN Is Reporting the JFK library declassified more tapes.
The newly released recordings span a nearly two-month period and cover \"wide-ranging subject matters, including the economy and its political implications, the crisis in the Congo, Cuba and Latin America following the Cuban Missile Crisis, military assistance to Vietnam, and American relations with France and the European Community,\" the JFK Library said in a news release.
Jen Young shares This CNN Story on the Clinton Presidential Center in down in Little Rock.
Little Rock developer Rett Tucker said property values in the area have doubled since 1998, the year after Bill Clinton said he would build his library here. An area once boarded up and written off as a warehouse wasteland has become the booming River Market district, dotted with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
SomeOne writes "Concerned that unflattering records will not be available in the official Clinton "LIE-brary" (and yes, they use that term!!), a group of concerned citizens including former New Jersey congressman John LeBoutillier have announced plans for the Counter Clinton Library. This library will feature "the Real Truth about the Clintons" (caps in original!)
Says LeBoutillier, "Our Counter Clinton Library will be a permanent thorn in the side of the Clintons as they try to hide and distort their anti-American, anti-family, anti-military legacy."
Now that is a mission statement that can really translate into collection development policy!
SomeOne writes \"IndyStar.com has a short but firm editorial that says Presidential papers should be housed in the Library of Congress, calling presidential liraries \"monuments to ego.\" They add taxpayers are subsidizing multimillionaires. The libraries guarantee the subsidization will go on forever.
Jen Young noticed Another Story on the troubles at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. Illinois taxpayers paid at least $287,000 for a ceremony to dedicate the new library/museum. The cost was criticized by officials of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, which rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to protest Ryan\'s closing of correctional facilities, mental health centers and homes for the developmentally disabled.