“Philanthropist David Rubenstein is giving $10 million to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia to build a library for the president’s books and papers. Mount Vernon officials say the gift announced Sunday surpasses their fundraising goal of $100 million for the project. It also marks what would have been Washington’s 281st birthday Friday.”
“Turns out President Barack Obama wants a presidential library after all.
Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” wrote in a New York Times piece this weekend that Obama “not so long ago” said he didn’t need a presidential library, which he saw as “a tribute to himself costing hundreds of millions of dollars.” Headed into his second term, Obama apparently changed his mind and now has a former aide looking at potential locations in his hometown.
via NBC Chicago
“The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum launched its social media efforts today on Twitter and Facebook. This latest online outreach is part of the Presidential Library’s preparations for its 2013 spring opening.
Information on construction milestones, library features, exhibits, opening dates, and hours of operation is available via @GWBLibrary and Facebook.com/GWBLibrary.”
via National Archives.
“The University of Chicago is quietly stepping up its push to land President Barack Obama’s presidential library, I was told Saturday. Top U. of C. honchos are “trying to figure out how to encourage the president and first lady to make the University of Chicago a serious contender,” I was told by a source who is knowledgeable about developments to win the library for the U. of C.”
“A trove of documents housed in a secure vault at the John F. Kennedy Library has long been described as Robert F. Kennedy’s private papers and been kept from public view by the Kennedy family. But many of the documents have little to do with personal matters and instead detail once-secret military and intelligence activities he helped manage as attorney general, according to an unpublished index of the collection obtained by The Boston Globe.”
via The Boston Globe.
“To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Archives is featuring Presidential records related to disability history on a new web research page at [www.archives.gov/research/americans-with-disabilities/]. The ADA was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 and was the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The National Archives holds many records that relate to American citizens with disabilities. From personal letters to historic legislation, these records provide insight into efforts over the past century to establish programs and to protect the rights of people with disabilities.”
“The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has launched a revamped website – the latest sign that the grand opening of the presidential center being built at SMU is only months away.
The website, which just last week was a pretty basic “About Us” page, is chock full of information about the Bushes, the presidential archives and the facility that’s slated to open on SMU’s campus next spring.”
AP – “A federal judge in Maryland is allowing a presidential historian charged with conspiring to steal valuable documents to return to his New York City apartment with GPS monitoring and no Internet access. A judge on Friday denied an appeal of the release of Barry Landau over prosecutors’ arguments that the historian poses a flight risk and could destroy more documents the government has not yet found.