Curious about Presidential History? Ask a Curator!
Do you have questions about Presidential history and artifacts? Tomorrow, the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives will be answering questions live for #AskaCurator Day on Twitter.
Over 600 museums from 40 countries will be participating, including our very own experts on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. You can also ask curators at the National Archives Exhibits in Washington, D.C.
Museum Objects from the Presidential Libraries:
Rocking Chair used by John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office; RCA Radio Microphone used by FDR to deliver some of his Fireside Chats from the White House; HMS Resolute Desk replica at the JFK Library; Portrait by Octavio Ocampo presented to President Carter on the occasion of a state dinner honoring José López Portillo, President of Mexico, February 1979; 1957 Inaugural gown of Mamie Eisenhower; WWII POW Diary at the Truman Library;1952 Eisenhower campaign hat.
Day 26: June 4
Controversial issues are part of every presidency. As a four term president Franklin D. Roosevelt had his share and as our exhibit design team and historians committee planned our new permanent museum exhibits we talked at great length about how to deal with them. Our decision was to address these issues head on.
Read more about our Confront the Issue interactives.
"Let us carry on the good that the past gave us."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935
The FDR Library was rededicated yesterday with the opening of it’s new state-of-the-art permanent museum exhibits.
The new exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning during the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Pictured: FDR’s original pencil sketch of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, drawn on April 12, 1937; The FDR Library under construction, 12/3/39; FDR’s Oval Office desk that he used throughout the 12 years he served as President.
The FDRLibrary is on Tumblr too! http://fdrlibrary.tumblr.com/
Day 2: June 28
It’s almost time to open the new exhibit!
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Watch the Live Webcast of the FDR Library Rededication — June 30, 2013 11AM EST
Our museum specialists prep Mrs. Kennedy’s hat and coat, worn on her trip to Bogota, Colombia, for a new display.
Hat, Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, and Coat, Gustave Tassell
Day 40: May 21
Here is a preview of our Scrapbook Interactive from the “Foundations of a Public Life” gallery.
Menorah with small removable pitcher to pour oil into the lamps for each night - President Harry S. Truman received this menorah from Brotherhood Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1949.
This is one of several menorahs that are in the museum collection of the Truman Presidential Library.
-from the Truman Library
This morning, our new exhibit opens to the public. “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” covers the 13 days when the world teetered on the brink of thermonuclear war.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered a secret deployment of a nuclear strike force in Cuba, just 90 miles from the United States—with missiles that could reach most major U.S. cities in less than five minutes. President Kennedy stated that the missiles would not be tolerated, and insisted on their removal. Khrushchev refused.
Now, 50 years later, curators at the Kennedy Library and designers from the National Archives have created an exhibit where you can listen to secret real-time White House recordings from Kennedy’s meetings with his advisors during the 13 terrifying days in October 1962.
Do you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Image: Medium Range Ballistic Missile Field Launch Site in San Cristobal, Cuba, taken October, 14, 1962. From the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Learn more about the JFK Library here: http://go.usa.gov/Y8f9
The Freedom 7 was the space capsule that launched the first American, Alan Shepard, into space. Yesterday, Freedom 7 arrived at the JFK Library in Boston.
On September 12, 1962, President Kennedy made his famous promise to send a mission to the moon. The JFK Library will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the speech by unveiling a installation of the Freedom 7 capsule.
Thanks to the National Air and Space Museum for the generous loan! You can see the Freedom 7 at the JFK Library until December 2015.
Pictured, left: The Freedom 7 arriving yesterday at the JFK Library. Right: JFK and astronaut John Glenn look inside a different capsule, the Friendship 7, at Cape Canaveral, 2/23/62.
More photos from the JFK Library
Today is the birthday of George W. Bush. Take a look at White House photos on the brand new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website.
The site features information about President and Laura Bush, the American Presidency, museum exhibits, archival holdings, and educational resources for teachers and children.
Pictured here, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pause during a tour of the Hermitage, May 25, 2002, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Happy birthday President Bush!