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. The inaugural PS&L conference was held at the White House in the early 1990s. Subsequent conferences were held at the Carter Center (1996), the Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (1999), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and National Historic Site (2006), and the Miller Center for Public Policy (2010).
These institutions have met quadrennially since the Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference IV in 2006. This national conference is hosted at a site with connections to the American presidency and includes attendees representing institutions from all regions of the country and from across the spectrum of the historical profession. Primarily, attendees work at institutions that: 1) Have as their primary mission the lives and times of a President and or First Lady of the United States of America; 2) Provide stewardship and regularly exhibit or make available to the public a significant presidential collection or property; and 3) Offer educational programs and provide opportunities for research and scholarship.
Conferences sponsors have included: the American Association for State and Local History, the National Park Service, the National Archives and Records Administration, Eastern National, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, Monticello, and the Clinton Presidential Center.
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2014 – Beyond the Presidency: Historical Context and Modern Reality
Host: Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AR.
Keynote speakers: Evan Thomas, President Bill Clinton (to be confirmed)
2010 – Renewing Ideals and Engaging the Public
Host: Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia; Monticello; Montpelier, Charlottesville, VA
Keynote speakers: Joseph Ellis, Jon Meacham, Michael Beschloss, Annette Gordon Reed
2006 – Engaging the Power of Presidential Connections to Place, Community, the Future
Host: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
Keynote speakers: Brian Lamb, Richard Norton Smith, Spencer Crew, Daniel P. Jordan