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Chicago to make one unified bid for Obama presidential library

“Chicago is going to make one unified bid for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum, with the University of Chicago and other city schools not making solo plays, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told me Thursday. “We are going to run a process. But my goal is to have the City of Chicago, with its major educational institutions, have a single proposal,” Emanuel said.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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GEORGE W. BUSH LIBRARY ARCHIVES OPEN TO PUBLIC

“The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Monday began accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush’s presidency. The day marks five years from the end of Bush’s presidency, on Jan. 20, 2009. Access to the records is governed by the Presidential Records Act, which says the records may be requested by the public five years after the presidential administration ends.” (via The Associated Press)

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Columbia University pursuing Obama presidential library: Sweet

“New York’s Columbia University admitted Thursday it is pursuing President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum, finally coming clean after not being upfront about its interest in November. While it is premature to comment on a library selection process that has yet to be initiated, Columbia looks forward to learning more about the objectives that will inform President Obama’s ultimate decision when that information becomes available,” Columbia’s Robert Hornsby, associate vice president for media relations told me.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Hawaii Makes Its Case for Obama’s Library – Why Not Bring It to the Beach?

“When Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was asked to appear in a video urging President Obama to make the state the home of his presidential library, the governor’s appeal was simple and, he said, reflective of the state’s “Aloha spirit.” With his Shetland sheepdog, Kanoa, at his side, Mr. Abercrombie made his case: “I don’t know how sophisticated this looks back in Washington, but my pitch to the president is: ‘I’m here with Kanoa. Why don’t you bring Sunny and Bo out and we can sit on the beach?’ ” (via NYTimes.com)

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HAWAII OVERSHADOWED BY CHICAGO FOR OBAMA LIBRARY

“Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii is playing the underdog, overshadowed by Chicago and the commanding role it plays in Obama’s story. It’s not for lack of trying. A high-level campaign has been underway here since Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 – before it was even clear he’d win his party’s nomination, much less the presidency.” (via AP)

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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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