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The US Presidential Libraries & Museums

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: There are 13 US Presidential Libraries & Museums across the country. From California to Massachusetts, they are a unique way of exploring America's history. This journal will feature those that I have had the pleasure of visiting.
Richard M. Nixon Photo, Yorba Linda, California
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Of the 43 former American Presidents, 13 have established Presidential Libraries as a repository and archival means of preserving the work of the great men who have served our country as the President of the United States (aka: POTUS).The need was first recognized by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his second term as the US President. Raising private funds to retain and preserve the papers of his time as president, he built a facility in Hyde Park, NY and then turned it and all of his work to the US Government for management through the National Archives.In 1955 the US Congress institutionalized this policy through the Presidential Libraries Act. Today through archives, mus...Read More

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

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Attraction | "Reliving The Legacy of Ronald Reagan"

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Photo, Simi Valley, California
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library is located high atop the beautiful Californian hillside, befitting as the final resting place of 40th President of the United States of America. What is located in the Simi Valley hills, however, is something much more . . . more significant and poignant . . . than simply a historical archive of Ronald Reagan's legacy.Much of the story told at this Presidential Library is about the man Ronald Reagan, to include the roll Nancy Reagan played in inspiring him. Visitors learn about the Illinois born farm boy who aspired to a career in radio and television. The exhibit provides sound and video clips of Reagan doing the sports broadcasts...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2013

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, Ca
Simi Valley 93065
(805) 522-2977

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace

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Attraction | "An Educational Journey into the Life of Richard Nixon"

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace Photo, Los Angeles, California
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For being arguably one of the most disgraced US Presidents in history, I found the story of Richard Nixon to be profound when considering the positive impact the man had on American politics and world relations. The butt of many jokes in the 1970's, and with the stink of "Watergate" tarnishing his legacy, there is little doubt in my mind today that this man had far more positive influence than negative.Upon arrival to the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, our first stop was the theater where a movie telling Nixon's life story, from his birth in the house that sits on the museum property, to his rise and fall in American politics. Written off politically more than once, Nixon was a...Read More

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, California 92886
+1 714 993 3393

Herbert Hoover Presidential

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Attraction | "America's 31st President - Herbert Hoover"

Herbert Hoover Presidential Photo, West Branch, Iowa
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Herbert Hoover was elected President of the United States of America in 1928, and took office on March 3, 1929. Born in 1874 in the rural Iowa community of West Branch; at the time, he was the first American President born west of the Mississippi River. With a modest Quaker upbringing, and having become an orphan at the age of just nine, he demonstrated a personal commitment to helping others throughout his life. While the Great Depression occurred on his watch, it would appear that history may judge him kinder today than how American's felt when he was resoundingly defeated in his bid for reelection, losing to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (aka "FDR") in 1932.The Herbert Hoover Presidenti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2013

Herbert Hoover Presidential
210 Parkside Drive
West Branch 52358
(319) 643-5301

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Attraction | "Educational Tribute to George W. Bush - POTUS #43"

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Photo, Dallas, Texas
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During my weekend trip to Frisco, Texas I had enough time to take in the recently opened George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum located on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Campus in Dallas. I was very happy that I did make time before my evening flight home. This was my sixth Presidential Library & Museum to tour and it was the most impressive largely because of the use of new technologies to make the experience interactive, educational and fun. I was there on a Sunday afternoon with the Dallas Cowboys playing a night game, so there were a lot of people out and about enjoying the beautiful crisp fall afternoon. I saw many families and groups with children throughout the museum...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2013

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd.
Dallas 75205
(214) 346-1557

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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My visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum was also thanks to an association event hosted in conjunction with another larger convention. In this case, the cities of Milwaukee, Portland (Oregon) and Pittsburgh invited a number of association executives to a lovely evening in the Boston suburb of Columbia Point. Before dinner, folks were encouraged to explore the legacy of John F. Kennedy, our 35th President of the United States.As with most other presidential libraries and museums that I've visited, Kennedy's chronicles his life leading up to being elected president. Quite a bit of the exhibit area was focused on the Kennedy family and their place in American histo...Read More

William J. Clinton Presidential Center

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Attraction | "William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum - POTUS #42"

William J. Clinton Presidential Center Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States, serving our country from 1992 through 2000. The former democratic Governor of the State of Arkansas, Clinton's legacy may forever be tainted by scandal due to inappropriate behaviors of a sexual nature. He will also be known as one of the most empathic leaders of our time ("I feel your pain"). As his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton continues with her own political aspirations, most recently serving as the US Secretary of State under President Obama, it would seem Americans will continue to see Bill Clinton for several years to come.The William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park is located in Little Rock, Arkansas....Read More

William J. Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 374-4242

The Other Presidents Featured

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US Presidential Library & Museum Passport Photo, United States, North America
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There are a total of 13 US Presidents that have a Presidential Library & Museum, administered by the National Archives. I have been fortunate to visit (and write about) six of them but the remaining seven will be for another time.As someone may find this travel journal as incomplete, I thought I would provide additional information on the seven I have not yet toured. I am confident that I will complete these seven, but until then, please accept this information in an effort to provide what you need to know if you aspire to visit all of the museums of the Presidents of the United States.Franklin Delano Roosevelt was POTUS #32 and served from March 1933 until April 1945. ...Read More