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Anonymous Patron writes "From Chicago Tribune: Keepsakes of Lincoln (registration required). Together, the collections in Springfield, Ft. Wayne and Chicago represent the greatest concentration of Lincoln mementos, documents and images in the world, covering the full span of his life -- and all within a four-hour drive of the Loop.
The new institution in Springfield is actually a modern setting for an old collection. For decades, Illinois' 47,000 pieces of Lincolniana were stored in a sub-basement of the Old State Capitol, where there was virtually no exhibit space. Lincoln scholars knew it was there, but no one else knew."
twistedlibrarian writes "SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The unveiling of a postage stamp honoring President Reagan has drawn hundreds of people to his Presidential Library in California.
They stood in line for hours to get the new stamp with a first-day-of-issue postmark.
Anonymous Patron writes "One More Story on the design of a commemorative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.The vertical 37-cent stamp, showing the presidential seal reproduced in gold against a creme-colored background and the words "Presidential Libraries Fifty Years 37 USA," is scheduled to be dedicated Aug. 4 during ceremonies at all 12 library and museum locations."
search-engines-web.com shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nationâ€™s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
â€œIâ€™ve had easier sells,â€? said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. â€œThe problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the â€˜wowâ€™ factor now.â€?
The Los Angeles Daily News takes a look at the new Reagan papers. The library recently made available nearly 25,000 additional pages of Reagan's personal papers, including speeches, radio scripts and articles he wrote in the 1960s and '70s.
"All this dispels the myth that Ronald Reagan was somehow a creature of his advisers," Kaufman said. "The radio addresses prove the contrary. They show that Ronald Reagan was the driving force of his administration and the key policies emanating from it."
The AP Reports Three decades after the 37th president resigned in disgrace and the federal government seized his papers and tapes, a change in law is sending them home.
Library officials are planning a new addition to house them and hope to be ready this fall to begin the gradual transfer of 46 million pages of records, 30,000 gifts and 3,700 hours of tape.
They may get something less tangible as well -- a measure of validation for the library and perhaps for the man.
The AP Reports The nation's 12 presidential libraries, two of which are in Michigan, will be honored on a postage stamp to be issued next summer, the Postal Service said Friday.
First day of issue ceremonies will be held at the various libraries and at President Ford's separate museum on Aug. 4, the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act.
Anonymous Patron writes "After some Rumor Mongering Skip Rutherford, president of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Says Rutherford said library officials never claimed that the total visitor count, now up to 130,000, was the same as paid visitors. He also said that the figure from the NARA cited by U.S. News only included the number of walk-up ticket buyers and did not include those who bought individual (some 3,700) or family (about 3,000) annual memberships. Nor does that count include people who attended group functions at the library -- functions for which a rental fee has been paid."
Anonymous Patron writes "VOANews.com - THIS IS AMERICA - Presidential Exhibits at the National Archives visits the National Archives for some presidential history. "The American Presidency: Photographic Treasures of the National Archives" continues through February twenty-first, in Washington, D.C."
Anonymous Patron writes "A Release from U.S. Newswire tells us Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today the selection of Dr. Elaine K. Didier as the new Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. The appointment is effective January 10, 2005.
Dr. Didier, who is a professor and former dean of the Kresge Library at Oakland University in Michigan, will succeed Dennis Daellenbach who retired on January 1, 2005."