Presidential Libraries

Freedom from Mildew

The infrastructure of the FDR Library is in shambles. The roof leaks, the basement floods, asbestos is flaking from old steam pipes, an ancient electrical system could send the whole place up in smoke. This sorry situation is an insult to the person the library and museum honor: the founder of the New Deal, the greatest investment in our nation’s modern development.

Op-ed calling for congressional support of our existing Presidential Libraries by author Nick Taylor in today's New York Times. Some interesting commentary on the subject of Presidential Libraries too.

Methodist Leadership Group endoreses Bush Library at SMU

The Associated Press reports that the Methodist jurisdiction that owns the land on which the Bush Library will be built have voted to endorse the construction of the library.

This vote dashed the hopes of opponents whose last-ditch efforts were two petitions presented to the church's South Central Jurisdiction.

Methodists endorse Bush library at SMU

Methodist group on Thursday endorsed building George W. Bush's presidential library center at Southern Methodist University, essentially ending opponents' nearly two-year battle.

The largely symbolic votes dashed the last-ditch efforts of the project's opponents, who had presented two petitions to the South Central Jurisdiction to bar the entire library complex or only the public policy institute on the SMU campus. The jurisdiction owns the land.

Presidential Library Buys Home for Archive

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is one step closer to creating a campus in Staunton dedicated to the 28th president. The library bought a Wilson era home on Beverley Street behind the museum.
The library expects renovations to meet archive standards will cost close to $2 million.

Foreign donations suspended, Bush library says

Faced Monday with a report that a rogue lobbyist urged an exiled Central Asian leader to support the Bush library to curry favor in Washington, library officials promised that no foreign money will be accepted until President Bush leaves office. On Tuesday, it became clear the public will have to take them at their word.

The foundation isn't promising to identify all donors, or the dates and sums of their gifts.

"Current law only requires annual disclosure of the total sum raised," said Dan Bartlett, the former White House counselor, speaking for the foundation that will build the Bush library and research center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "We're working through all our decisions but ... at a minimum, we are not going to be accepting donations from non-U.S. residents before he's out of office."

Sting Operation Suggests Inappropriate Fundraising for GWB Library

Houston Chronicle: Houstonian denies he tried to sell access to Bush aides
House panel investigating Stephen Payne after London report that he offered Central Asian officials meetings in return for contributions to president's library

$250K Donations to Bush Library for Access

A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush’s administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush’s presidency.

Maine firm tapped to help scuttle presidential library

A Maine public relations firm has been tapped to assist a grassroots effort aimed at stopping George W. Bush's presidential library, museum and think tank from being built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The Rev. Andrew Weaver, an SMU graduate from New York, says P&S Associates of Maine LLC has been hired to design ads and to coordinate the effort.

Rutherford B. Hayes Center To Host Educators; How To Teach Using Political Cartoons

Community college faculty from 20 different states travel to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont Ohio to learn how 19th-century political cartoons can be used to help students understand the social, political, and economic issues that faced Gilded Age Americans. A total of 50 educators are to participate in two workshops taking place this week through Friday and June 1-6.

Titled Illustrating the Gilded Age: Political Cartoons and the Press in American Politics and Culture, 1877-1901, the enrichment sessions are funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities' We the People initiative. Humanities and social studies faculty from community colleges anywhere in the country were eligible to apply. Twenty-five applicants were accepted for each of the two sessions.

Refresher on President Hayes: He was elected President by one electoral vote after the highly disputed election of 1876. Losing the popular vote to his opponent, Samuel Tilden (Dem-NY), Hayes was the only president whose election was decided by a congressional commission, (but not the only president NOT decided upon by the electorate).

The Presidential Center offers a link to this website, The Opper Project, that advises teachers about using political cartoons to teach history.

News-Messenger has the story.

National Archivist Tells SMU Grads It's All Good

Guess what was said at the SMU Commencement this weekend?

National Archivist Allen Weinstein, who oversees America's 12 presidential libraries, assured 2008 graduates of Southern Methodist University that the 13th (The George W. Bush Presidential Library) will be an asset to their alma mater – despite being the greatest controversy during their time at the school.

More on the event and Weinstein's comments from The Dallas News.

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