The Clinton Library Celebrates Nine Years Today!
November 18, 2004, Dedication Ceremony of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
Pictured: President George W. Bush and Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush gather to dedicate Former President William J. Clinton’s Library in Little Rock, AR. Photo credit: William J. Clinton Foundation
-from the Clinton Library
“I can imagine a no more rewarding career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.’”
– John F. Kennedy, Remarks at the US Naval Academy, August 1, 1963
-from the JFK Library
President George Bush signs the 1990 Clean Air Act — Today in History
The 1990 revision of the 1970 Clean Air Act provided the Environmental Protection Agency new powers to promote better air quality in cost-effective ways and inaugurated a “cap and trade” system.
Photo: President Bush participates in the signing ceremony for the Clean Air Act Amendments with Secretary Watkins, William Reilly, and Vice President Quayle. George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The Ford Centennial display in “The Public Vaults” at the National Archives in Washington, DC has been extended. It will be on view through February 19, 2014.
This display features Presidential materials documenting space cooperation with the Soviet Union during the Ford administration. In spite of Cold War tensions the countries conducted the joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a dramatic in-orbit linking of two spacecraft, in July 1975.
Pictured: A model of the Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft is presented to President Ford on September 7, 1974. From left to right, Vladimir A. Shatalov, Commander of Cosmonaut training; Valeriy N. Kubasov, ASTP Soviet engineer; Aleksey A. Leonov, ASTP Soviet crew commander; Anatoly Dobrynin, Soviet Ambassador to the U.S.; President Gerald R. Ford; Thomas P. Stafford, ASTP American crew commander; Donald K. Slayton, American crew’s docking module pilot.
"Ask an Archivist" at the Eisenhower Library
This month’s Ask an Archivist query comes from Missouri.
“I would love to use the following quote in a paper about stamp collecting that I am writing for a college course, but I don’t know when or in what context President Eisenhower said it. Any chance you can help?
‘The stamps of the world are powerful object lessons in the eternal hunger of men for knowledge and news about their fellow men. They are a pictorial history of all the arts and sciences, and human progress, since the earliest civilizations.’” – Anonymous
Yes! We know exactly where that quote comes from. It is part of the President’s December 13, 1955 statement to the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibit (FIPEX) held at New York City Coliseum from April 28 to May 6, 1956.
Retired Lieutenant General Cornelius W. Wickersham, formerly of General Eisenhower’s WWII staff, was one of the individuals associated with the exhibit and asked a White House special assistant for a statement from President Eisenhower that could be used to promote the exhibit.
Photo: Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield presents a block of “Atoms for Peace” stamps to President Eisenhower during the White House ceremony marking the issuance of the new three-cent stamp, July 28, 1955
-from the Eisenhower Library
This week is the twelfth anniversary of President George W. Bush announcing the agreement with Russia to reduce the nuclear arsenal.
Photo: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to the East Room to address the media at the White House. 11/13/01.
-from the George W. Bush Library
State Senate campaign poster, 1910
Franklin Roosevelt entered politics at age 28. Handsome, engaging, and blessed with a celebrated, vote-getting last name, FDR began his rapid rise by winning a seat in New York’s state senate in 1910 and championing the kind of progressive reforms his distant cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, had called for.
This poster was distributed during FDR’s first election campaign in 1910. Running in a heavily-Republican district, he won by a narrow margin of 1,140 votes.
Did you know that President Ford signed legislation to ensure Veterans Day wouldn’t fall on Monday every year?
Since World War I the United States traditionally commemorated Veterans Day on November 11, which had formerly been recognized as Armistice Day. The “Monday holiday” law passed in 1968 established a uniform holiday schedule for the Federal Government but as a consequence moved the observance of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
Although the official Federal holiday was observed on Mondays for several years many people continued to hold commemorations on November 11 as well. In September 1975 President Ford signed into law S.331 officially designating the original date as Veterans Day.
“I believe restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 will help preserve in the hearts and lives of all Americans the spirit of patriotism, the love of country and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good symbolized by this very special day,” President Ford said in his signing statement.
-from the Ford Library