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 made to other presidential sites through the years.

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The fifth Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, Renewing Ideals and Engaging the Public, was hosted by The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. The other sponsors were the American Association for State and Local History; James Madison’s Montpelier; Monticello; the National Park Service; the National Archives and Records Administration; President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Trust Historic Site; and the White House Historical Association.