Presidential Libraries

Man finds a gold mine in Bush library Web site

Two years ago, George Huger found a scrap of treasure in an Internet bargain bin -- a lucky turn that just won him $35,000 from President Bush's sheepish advisers.

A Raleigh Web developer, Huger was flipping through a list of expiring domain names when he noticed that www.GeorgeWBushLibrary.com was about to expire. He picked up the rights for five bucks and sat on them for two years, waiting to cash in.

"It was a wonderful turn of events," said Huger, 26, whose company is called Illuminati Karate. "We just bumped into it accidentally."

Alan C. Lowe Named Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Alan C. Lowe Named Director of the 'not a George Bush Is a Wonderful Person Center': Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne C. Thomas announced today the selection of Alan C. Lowe as the new Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The appointment is effective April 12, 2009.

In announcing his selection, Thomas said she "is delighted that Lowe has agreed to become the director of the new George W. Bush Library. He brings a wealth of experience including 14 years of working with the National Archives Presidential Libraries system. During his tenure at the National Archives, he helped to oversee twelve Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. He also served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Most recently he has led the building and development of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. We are pleased to welcome Alan back to the National Archives and Presidential Libraries."

What's Next for GWB? Not a "George Bush Is a Wonderful Person Center"

What does our current President have on tap for later this week?

Well, after handing over the reins of power to President-Elect Obama, Bush will be returning to Texas, moving into a new home in Dallas, and participating in the construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU.

Bush, who has said he will likely pen a memoir and eventually hit the lecture circuit, has talked glowingly about his hopes for the policy center, and insists that his vision for it extends far beyond his own presidency.

"This is not going to be a 'George Bush Is a Wonderful Person Center,' or 'The Center for Republican Party Campaign Tactics,' " Bush said during one of his last media interviews as president. "It's going to be a place of debate, thought, writing, lecturing." Washington Post.

Lincoln Library Acquires Civil War Letters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A collection of letters and sketches penned by a Civil War soldier has been acquired by Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

The correspondence was purchased from the Union soldier's family for $25,000.

Born in Scotland in 1823, William Wyllie became a corporal with the 58th Illinois Infantry after enlisting from St. Charles.

Library officials say his letters are extremely detailed. (Wyllie) was very literate and made very astute observations.” “He explains things,” said Glenna Schroeder-Lein, with the library’s manuscripts department. “What being on guard duty is, how long the shifts are, how things were cooked.”

Wyllie, a stonemason with a fourth-grade education, was born in Scotland in 1823. He enlisted from St. Charles when he was about 40 years old. His entries reveal a devoutly religious man. He comments on sermons and was scornful of officers who drank and gambled. The letters include accounts of a whiskey riot and the Red River Campaign of 1864. He was guard at a Confederate prison.

He almost always was writing, sometimes stopping abruptly and, after a day or two, picking up where he left off. But he also spent his free time during the war knitting gloves and socks he sent back to his three children, one of whom, a young daughter named Lillie, died while he was away. -- Read More

A Big Uh-Oh for the G. W. Bush Library Website

Don't let it happen to you...Blake is always saying it and he's right.

Trailblazers Blog has a story in this morning's paper-- the Dallas News about a North Carolina company that made a tidy profit by acquiring the Web name George W. Bush Library, then selling it back to the library developer folks who had let the name expire.

"It worked out very well," said an official with the Carolina company, Illuminati Karate. A computer firm working with the Bush team had the rights to the name, but let them lapse.

(If you go to to the site, there's nothing there but a title page. We're assured that the actual library, which is being built in Dallas, will contain real content -- you know, documents and stuff.)

Mdoneil thanks for the heads up.

George Bush library: Rooms available

Suspend your partisan ties for the moment, and take a virtual tour through the library that the retiring president is planning at the alma mater of the outgoing First Lady, Southern Methodist University. And, when you're finished, design your own room. There is...
"The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
"The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.
"The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.

LBJ's Final Year in Office Released on Tape

The LBJ Library in Austin has released the final batch of recordings of private telephone conversations by former President Lyndon Johnson. Pretty interesting stuff, forty years later, particularly the conversation between Johnson and Humphrey regarding Daniel Inouye.

Coverage fromYouTubeCBS and News8Austin.

Light Fingered Lincoln Librarian Gets the Ax

The head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield has been fired after his second shoplifting arrest. Director Rick Beard had been on administrative leave since the arrest was made public last week.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich fired Beard on Tuesday. A state spokesman says Beard was notified by phone. Beard was arrested in August and charged with stealing $40 worth of DVDs from a Springfield Target store. The 61-year-old has pleaded not guilty. Chicago Tribune.

This was the press release announcing Beard's appointment two years ago. President Lincoln's Bicentennial is coming up shortly; I wonder what Beard's firing will mean for the celebration.

Update...from the AP: Jan Grimes, director of the Historic Preservation Agency, will run the Lincoln museum and library temporarily. Robert Coomer, a former director of Historic Preservation, will replace Beard at the foundation.

Nixon Library Celebrates Inaugurations From G. Washington to G. W. Bush

Anybody remember the Nixon inaugural??

Wonder who will be the next POTUS?!?! (don't forget to Vote)

When the next president takes the oath of office on January 20, 2009, he will continue a tradition that began with George Washington in 1789. To celebrate this ritual of democracy, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has created "Called Upon By the Voice of My Country," an exhibit looking at the history and the pageantry of presidential inaugurations. The exhibit will run from October 30, 2008, until April 19, 2009.

Among the exhibits, First Lady Laura Bush's 2005 inaugural gown, publicly displayed for the first time, on loan from the White House. Report from MarketWatch.

Clinton Presidential Library presents "The Art of the Chopper"

Why choppers? Why the Clinton Library?

""Just as (Bill Clinton) defines the end of the 20th century, so does the chopper," Clinton Center Director Terri Garner said.

The Oval Office replica at the Clinton Presidential Library is there to give visitors a look at what they'd see if they could get inside the working area of the White House. For the next several months, the view comes with some horsepower.

The center's new "Art of the Chopper" exhibit displays 30 gleaming, handcrafted motorcycles from around the country. That may be a curious choice for a presidential library, but it reflects American culture in the late 20th century, which Clinton center director Terri Garner says is part of the museum's mission. Vroom vroom!

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