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We usually hear about how a mall or large chain store revives a slumbering commercial area, but now, here's much better news...the Clinton Library's reviving Little Rock.
This Arkansas Times article about the soon-to-be-open Clinton Presidential Library focuses on how the library is strengthening and attracting new businesses to the area surrounding it in Little Rock. New apartment houses, formerly decrepit hotels renovated, new construction, new businesses coming to town, etc., are just part of what the library has brought to Little Rock.
Very exciting news!
One of the artifacts at Bill Clinton's new library is a letter from Sam Walton (Wal-Mart founder) saying that he was "willing to support Bill Clinton's run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination - but not his effort to unseat Republican President George H. Bush". Hmmmm
This and numerous other bits & pieces of Mr. Clinton's campaign, election and presidency will soon be available to the public when the Clinton Library opens in Little Rock on November 18.
AP story here.
Anonymous Patron writes "The Chronicle: Presidential Libraries Are Valuable Reflections of Their Eras Presidential libraries, including the new Clinton library, scheduled to open in Little Rock, Ark., on November 18, are more museums than records and, at least initially, more closed records than public ones.
Like the other libraries, Clinton's is sure to be criticized, although less for how it operates than for what it represents. Presidential libraries have been lambasted for their cost and extravagance, for dispersing important documents to inconvenient locations, and for reifying a president-centered approach to American history."
The AP Takes Another Peek inside the new Clinton library two weeks before opening day. A crowd of 30,000 donors, reporters, celebrities and international dignitaries are expected to descend on the 30-acre presidential park for the Nov. 18 grand opening, with some 20,000 onlookers potentially overflowing onto adjacent streets.
A story from MSNBC says that Bill Clinton's presidential library will contain a ground-floor exhibit on the impeachment proceedings that were brought against him. The impeachment will be shown in the context of a "culture of confrontation" and will end with Clinton's moment of victory when he was acquitted by the Senate. Apparently, the blue dress is not part of the exhibit.
Anonymous Patron writes "Associated Press: Clinton library architects win award for top design, The architects who designed Bill Clinton's presidential library, a gleaming glass-and-steel building over the Arkansas River that invokes his administration's theme of "building a bridge to the 21st century," have won a National Design Award for excellence in architecture."
Anonymous Patron writes "One From The AP, in the USA Today, on the Clinton Presidential Library. Just one month to go before the Clinton Presidential Library opens, officials are wrapping up plans for a huge celebration, but they want the festivities to leave the city with lasting benefits rather than a hangover.
The library, which is to be dedicated Nov. 18, is the key piece in what is developing as a corridor of major nonprofit headquarters east of Little Rock's downtown. The amenities of Heifer Project International and Winrock International will attract visitors and give folks coming to the Clinton Library more to do when they are in the area."
Speaking of Presidential libraries, we're just over a month from the opening of the Clinton Library."
Not much to This AP Piece, but, The presidential library honoring the nation's beloved 16th president is finally open to the public.
State officials and hundreds of Abraham Lincoln buffs today piled into the three-story library as the building officially opened its doors.
An Anonymous Patron writes "Clinton Presidential Center prepares to open The buzz builds daily in Little Rock for the Clinton Presidential Center, opening Nov. 18.
From busboys to friends of Bill Clinton, everyone wants a ticket to an event during opening-week festivities. The grand opening of the center â€” which houses the Clinton Library â€” has attracted positive RSVPs from all of living former presidents and President Bush, as well as celebrities including Ben Affleck, Bono and Barbra Streisand, and foreign dignitaries."