Tag Archives: Presidential Libraries

Obama’s Library, Advisers’ Dream

“This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. It was a plum task. Amid a worsening crisis in Syria, early reports of ghosts haunting the HealthCare.gov machine and a dreary sense of second-term setbacks, the foundation glowed with the allure of an eternal Obama afterlife, or at least better days ahead. For Ms. Mastromonaco, the project promised the chance to shape a historic legacy and draft a road map for a 55-year-old former president’s remaining life’s work.” (via NYTimes.com)

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UIC makes bid for Obama presidential library and museum

“The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Sunday that it wants to house President Barack Obama’s future library and museum, joining a growing list of contenders. UIC is exploring at least five sites on its Near West Side campus, said university spokesman Bill Burton. The university started discussing the idea of an Obama presidential library in May and is waiting for the White House to make an announcement before possibly moving forward with any proposals, he said. In a statement, the school’s chancellor pointed to several reasons why UIC would make a good venue.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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MOUNT VERNON OPENS LIBRARY DEDICATED TO WASHINGTON

“After years of planning and a $100 million fundraising campaign, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is formally opening a new library dedicated to the study of America’s first president and the Founding Fathers.” A Friday dedication ceremony is scheduled at the 45,000 square-foot library.” (via The Associated Press)

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CIA, Clinton library to release declassified Bosnia records

“The Clinton library and the CIA on Thursday announced the release next month of more than 300 newly declassified documents on intelligence and presidential policy-making during the 1992-1995 Bosnia War. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to deliver remarks during a symposium Oct. 1 hosted by the Clinton Presidential Library and the Clinton Foundation. The event will mark the first time a U.S. president will participate in a CIA declassification event, officials said.” (via Arkansas News)

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Presidential library gets grant for digital image storage

“The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is getting a grant to help pay for the storage of tens of thousands of images of documents related to the 16th president. Officials announced Tuesday that Amazon Web Services awarded the Papers of Abraham Lincoln $24,000 worth of storage services.” (via AP)

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Race, class emerge as issues in Obama library battle

“President Obama probably won’t make a final decision on where his presidential library and museum will be located until near the end of his second term in the White House. But here In his adopted hometown — particularly the neighborhoods where Obama made a name for himself as a community organizer before entering politics — the issues of race and class play a central role in the debate over where in the city the shrine to the first African-American president’s legacy belongs.” (via USA Today)

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University makes play for Obama presidential library

“The University of Illinois at Chicago wants President Obama to bring his future presidential library to the city campus, USA TODAY has learned. Bill Burton, a spokesman for UIC, confirmed to USA TODAY on Friday that Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares decided in May to form a university exploratory committee to look into bidding for the library and museum that will be built after Obama leaves office. Burton said he had no details about who is on the exploratory committee or what, if any, actions they have taken thus far in their pursuit.” (via USA Today)

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New Bush library offers chance to step into president’s shoes

“A towering piece of twisted steel is enough to make anyone stop in his or her tracks.

Visitor after visitor slowly reach out to put a hand on the steel, removed from the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. It provides a moment for reflection. Located at the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the steel serves as the centerpiece of an exhibit about that awful day and the days that followed. The exhibit features videos, photographs and the bullhorn Bush used on Sept. 14, 2001, when he stood atop the rubble to address workers, the nation and the world.” (via Washington Times Communities)

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Chicago State University exploring bid for Obama Presidential Library

“Chicago State University is throwing its hat in the ring of contenders seeking to house President Barack Obama’s official library, school representatives said Tuesday. Former state Senate President Emil Jones, who was a mentor to Obama during his early political career, has been tapped to head an exploratory committee charged with scouting sites and putting together an official bid.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Presidential library donors would be named under bill

“With jockeying over a future Obama presidential library between the president’s birthplace of Hawaii and his adopted hometown of Chicago already underway, lawmakers are renewing a push to make donors to such institutions public. In the past, fundraisers for presidential libraries haven’t been required to reveal the names of donors that have funded efforts to build the repositories of presidential papers and other historic artifacts. But Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., last month introduced a bill that would require future presidential foundations to disclose the name of any donor that gives more than $200 on a quarterly basis.” (via USA Today)

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