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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. His museum is located in Hyde Park, NY and was dedicated in 1941 while he was still in office. It is located adjacent to the Home of FDR which is operated by the US National Park Service. For more information on visiting the FDR Presidential Library & Museum, check out their web site at: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/library/ .

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the USA and served after FDR, from 1945 until January 1953. His Presidential Library & Museum is located in Independence, Missouri which was also his hometown. It is the first Presidential Library that was initiated under the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955. Before you go, information may be found at: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/ .

Our 34th POTUS was Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was the first US President to be inaugurated on January 20th as it the custom today for newly elected and reelected Presidents. Eisenhower's Presidential Library & Museum was established in Abilene, Kansas at the family home that had been acquired by the Eisenhower Foundation.in 1945 and subsequently donated to the US Government in 1966 for the purpose of preserving the Eisenhower legacy. Also located on the grounds are his boyhood home, a visitor center and the grave sites of President & Mrs. Eisenhower. Visitors' information may be found at: http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/ .

Lyndon B. Johnson was our 36th American President and could be called the reluctant President. He was inaugurated after the assignation of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. He was subsequently elected for one four-year term but refused to run for a second, leaving the door open for Richard M. Nixon in 1968. LBJ's Presidential Library and Museum is located in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas - Austin Campus. Their web site is: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/ .

The only American President to not be elected by the citizens of the United States was Gerald R. Ford, who had been appointed by Richard M. Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew when he resigned his position of Vice President. With the impeachment of Nixon, Ford became our 38th POTUS. His legacy is actually retained at two locations in Michigan. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is located on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, while the Ford Presidential Museum is located in Grand Rapids. Information on both sites may be found at: http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/ .

Jimmy Carter came from humble beginnings as a peanut farmer from Georgia, so it would come to reason that his Presidential Library and Museum would be located in Atlanta. The 39th President of the United States only served one term as he was subsequently defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980. Visitors to the Carter Museum will have an opportunity to learn more about Carter and his wife Rosalynn and their legacy as humanitarians. The web site contains additional information at: http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/ .

The last of the seven National Archive sites that I have yet to visit is the George HW Bush Presidential Library & Museum located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Father of POTUS #43, George W. Bush, "Bush 41" also failed in his reelection bid for a second term. Having served his country in a number of positions, the George HW Bush Museum provides a personal insight into the man and his family who has continued to give to the American people in a variety of roles in government and the private sector. The web site is http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/ and provides visitors with the information necessary for an enjoyable visit.

All of these Presidential Libraries and Museums are open to the public throughout the year. Some of them do have season hours of operation; all are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day as well as all US Federal holidays.

There are admission fees to visit the museums, with a variety of discounts for students, seniors and active/retired military. For those wishing to do academic research, most libraries are open to the public by appointment only. For more information, be sure to check out the appropriate web site for specifics on who to contact to schedule time to review the documents contained in the Federal Archives.

I have to say, having visited six of the 13 Presidential Libraries & Museums, there may be no better way to learn about a snapshot in time from the history books on 20th century America. I personally am looking forward to completing my journey and visiting each of these remaining seven before it becomes eight.

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