Aug 25, 2010

Visit a Presidental Library

There are 13 presidential libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries.
1. FDR: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York was the first presidential library. Prior to Roosevelt's presidency, the final disposition of presidential papers was left to chance. Exhibits start with FDR's birth at Hyde Park through the dramatic years of his presidency. There is also an extensive gallery devoted to the life and career of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
2. Truman: The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, as do the other presidential libraries, displays gifts received from foreign heads of state. Many of these gifts are examples of the finest decorative arts and craftsmanship available from many areas of the world. The Truman Library was the first presidential library created under the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act.
3. Eisenhower: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is in Abilene, Kansas. The Museum is divided into five major areas consisting of the Introductory Gallery, Temporary Gallery, Mamie Eisenhower Gallery, Military Gallery, and Presidential Gallery. Part of the complex includes the Eisenhower family home and gravesite.
4. Kennedy: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei. Three theaters and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits allows visitors to enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a first-hand experience of John F. Kennedy’s life.
5. Nixon: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is also the final resting place of the 37th president. Located in Yorba Linda, California the museum has a special display dealing with the space program during Nixon’s presidency featuring an astronaut’s space suit and the telephone President Nixon used to call Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.
6. Carter: Atlanta, Georgia is home to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. On permanent display is a replica of the Holy Crown of Hungary. At the end of World War II, the crown was transferred to U.S. Army officers to prevent it from falling into the hands of the approaching Soviet army. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter returned the crown to Hungary. The President of the Republic of Hungary presented a reproduction of the Crown to Carter.
7. Reagan: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley, California is also the final resting place of Ronald Reagan. It is the largest of the presidential libraries. Of special interest is the Air Force One Pavilion, which was an important aspect of President Reagan’s vision of face–to–face diplomacy in promoting democracy around the globe.
8. Bush, Sr: The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas is the newest presidential library. The archives contain personal papers and official documents from his vice presidency and presidency as well as personal records from Bush’s career as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
9. Clinton: The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas includes the Clinton Presidential Library. The Clinton archives are the largest of the presidential libraries with two million photographs and 80,000 artifacts plus the only full-size replica of the Oval Office.
10. Other NARA presidential libraries include the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas; Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Herbert Hoover Library in West Branch, Iowa; and the George W. Bush Library in University Park, Texas being constructed.