Presidential Libraries

Overdue Book Borrowed by JFK Will be Returned to Library of Congress

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum said it will display, as part of a weeklong celebration of Presidents' Day, a 1930 biography of Abraham Lincoln that was apparently borrowed by Kennedy, or a member of his staff, when he was serving in the Senate in the 1950s.

The Library of Congress book, "A. Lincoln" by Ross F. Lockridge, was found in Kennedy's pre-presidential papers. It has been listed as missing in the Library of Congress online catalog, and will be returned to its collection after the display.

"It has just always been assumed to have been one of his books," said library spokesman Tom McNaught, but the library recently learned "it had been checked out since he was a senator and he had just kept it."

Lincoln Library Will Be Without a Director For a While

...the search will not begin til mid-February and a Director will not be named til after the Bicentennial.

With Abraham Lincoln’s birthday looming and Gov. Rod Blagojevich on trial in the state Senate, officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum don’t expect to name a new director anytime soon.

The governor will select a replacement for former director Rick Beard, who was fired in October after two shoplifting arrests came to light. Beard, who pleaded guilty to trying to steal neckties from Macy’s in 2007, also admitted attempting to take $40 worth of DVDs from Target last summer.

Alas, there have been more than a few lapses of truth in Illinois as of late. Lincoln would not have been happy. Story from State Journal-Register in Springfield.

Lincoln Cathedral (UK) Magna Carta on Display at Reagan Library

A copy of the Magna Carta is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

USA Today reports on the exhibition that runs til June 20 and will include scenes from life in England in 1215, the year the Magna Carta was recorded.

According to the cathedral's website, the bishops of Lincoln were among the magnates of medieval England and when the Magna Carta was drawn up in 1215, one of the witnesses was Hugh of Wells, Bishop of Lincoln, who returned with his copy to the city. Today Lincoln's copy of the document is only one of four originals from 1215 that still exist.

A Library for the Ladies

Did you know there's a National First Ladies Library?

Reading about the Obama daughters moment in the sun yesterday, this article in MSNBC referenced the library located in the home of Ida McKinley in Canton, Ohio and the librarian, Carl Sferazza Anthony. From the article:

When the (Obama) girls stood next to their father during the oath, they were participating in only a recent tradition. Bill and Hillary Clinton began it in 1997 with daughter Chelsea. George W. Bush followed suit with twin daughters Jenna and Barbara.

Amy Carter, then age 9, didn't stand on the podium in 1977, but she did get to walk the parade route at front with her parents, who abandoned their limo in what was called the "People's Inaugural." Her brothers, Jack, Jeff and Chip, though, walked behind.

Kids weren't always a part of inaugural ceremonies at all. The Kennedy kids, for all the attention on them, were not at the inauguration of their dad, John F. Kennedy. Caroline, 3, and John, an infant, were at the family home in Palm Beach, Fla.

An Unlikely Place to View the Inauguration: The Nixon Library

From L.A. Times Blogs:

The lifelong Republican from the city of Orange, after all, cast her first Democratic vote in November for Obama. Candice Katayama and her former boss went to an unlikely place, the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, joining about two dozen employees and schoolchildren who applauded as they sat in rows of chairs watching the ceremony on a large TV mounted outside an exhibit on inaugurations throughout history. "It's a little weird," Katayama admits. "But I came to this evolution that this country isn't about labels anymore. It's about hope."

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 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.

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.


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