Presidential Libraries
Posted By:  Zack Holbrook
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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As a new president is about to be sworn in, the legacies of our former leaders are preserved in presidential libraries across the United States. Currently, there are 13 official libraries and President Obama's, which is planned to be completed in 2020 in Chicago, will be the 14th.

These are not traditional libraries, but rather a location for preserving and making accessible the papers, records, and other historical materials of the presidents since Herbert Hoover. The presidential library system formally began in 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the federal government.

When a president leaves office, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) establishes a presidential project until a new presidential library is built and transferred to the government.

These libraries are important sources for historians and other researchers studying our presidents and our history. In addition to archiving and preserving presidential papers and objects, presidential libraries and museums bring history to millions of visitors from around the world.

The closest library for Ohioans to visit is the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, MI. On exhibit are the important papers of his term, plus some interesting memorabilia such as his Eagle Scout sash and the staircase that was on top of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon when the city fell to the North Vietnamese in April 1975.



 
 
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