BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Presidential Sites and Libraries’

  • The Presidential Sites and Libraries community includes federal institutions such as National Archives libraries and National Park Service sites, sites such as those of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (President Lincoln’s Cottage, Montpelier, Woodrow Wilson House), and private institutions of all sizes including Monticello, the 6th Floor Museum, and the James K. Polk Home. […]

  • C-SPAN recording of a session at the 2010 Presidential Sites and Libraries conference. Sharon Fawcett discusses the presidential libraries and the challenges of presenting controversial issues in an objective way and talks about the shifting balances between preserving a president’s legacy and presenting political history. Focusing on bringing the private Nixon Library and Museum into […]

  • C-SPAN recording of Michael Beschloss address at a conference on presidential sites and libraries. Beschloss discusses about the importance of presidential sites and what can be learned from them. He said his career as a presidential historian was inspired by a visit to Lincoln’s home at the age of ten years and detailed visits he had […]

  • C-SPAN recording of Jon Meacham’s address on how presidents look to their predecessors for their own political inspirations. He also responded to questions from members of the audience. Mr. Meacham is the author of several presidential biographies, including American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.  The fifth Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, Renewing Ideals and Engaging the […]

  • C-SPAN recording of historian Joseph Ellis discussing the Founding Fathers in the Rotunda of the University of Virginia. This was the evening keynote address on the opening day of the four-day Presidential Sites and Libraries conference. He also responded to a few questions from members of the audience. Professor Ellis is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

  • C-SPAN video recording of Harold Holzer who spoke about how President Barack Obama used President Abraham Lincoln as an inspiration in his 2008 campaign and he talked about parallels between the histories of the two presidents. Holzer also discussed the work of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He focused on Abraham Lincoln’s experiences growing up […]

  • The American Library Association compiled a list of disaster preparedness resources after the Heritage Health Index reported 78 percent of libraries do not have a disaster plan. This webpage provides links to websites of organizations that can provide guidance and information about emergency planning, links to downloads of disaster planning documents, and links related to […]

  • The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, provides a clearinghouse of emergency preparedness and disaster recovery resources. Each resource listed on this page is accompanied with a description of how the resource is helpful. This webpage provides links to websites of organizations that can provide guidance and […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Utilizing presidential libraries and museums as the nation’s “crossroads” institutions where current scholarship meets public history and visitor expectations, this session examines various presidents who faced difficult race-related issues. Discussions compare pre-Civil Rights era decision-making to presidents serving in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement. Chair: Frank Milligan, Director, President Lincoln’s […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Biography is the obvious story at a historic site preserved to commemorate its most famous owner. Today’s visitors have an array of interests. Learn how four Presidential sites are attracting diverse audiences by telling their whole story, not just focusing on political history and biography. AASLH makes available for download a selection […]