“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library? Four years from the end of the Obama presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up major campaigns to build the center that will house the records of America’s 44th president.In Illinois and Hawaii, the states Obama calls home, universities and community groups are drafting plans and using a mix of public and private efforts to persuade Obama to choose their site for what will be a monument to his historic presidency and an instrument to continue his legacy.” (via AP)
“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.”