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June 2, 2013 | By Craig Fehrman
This spring will be remembered, by history junkies at least, for the opening of a major new institution, one named after a polarizing leader, devoted to a divisive period, subsidized by taxpayers and stationed in the South. I'm not talking about the presidential library of George W. Bush but the "presidential library" of Jefferson Davis, the one and only chief executive of the Confederate States of America, which will be dedicated Monday in Biloxi, Miss. The Davis library, of course, is not one of the 13 official libraries overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration.
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April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- When members of a local historical group wanted a video of President Gerald Ford testifying about the 1975 attempt to assassinate him, they filed a petition with a federal judge. The judge released the recording on Monday, drawing new headlines about the case of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the woman convicted of trying to kill the late president outside the Capitol.  Turns out, the video was already available. Officials at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Michigan say they've had a public copy of the recording for almost three decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- When members of a local historical group wanted a video of President Gerald Ford testifying about the 1975 attempt to assassinate him, they filed a petition with a federal judge. The judge released the recording on Monday, drawing new headlines about the case of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the woman convicted of trying to kill the late president outside the Capitol.  Turns out, the video was already available. Officials at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Michigan say they've had a public copy of the recording for almost three decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Future historians of the Barack Obama presidency, where would you rather travel? To that perpetually sunny corner of Polynesia where our 44th president was born? Or to the windy city on Lake Michigan he most recently called home? Barack Obama's second and last term doesn't end until Jan. 20, 2017. But university officials and civil leaders in two regions are already maneuvering for the honor of hosting Obama's official presidential library. Now, according to news reports, two places have made the final cut: Chicago and Hawaii.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
President Obama and all four living ex-presidents will attend the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Thursday on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  According to the website, the library's mission will be to serve "as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host a performance by the Laudate Women's Choir on Dec. 10. The vocal group from Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley will present an assortment of holiday music in the museum, near the mock Oval Office, from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. The performance is free with museum admission of $5 general, $3 for ages 62 and older, free for those 15 and younger.
NEWS
May 16, 1988 | Associated Press
The grandson of one President and the daughter of another were named today to a new advisory committee on presidential libraries established by the archivist of the United States, Don W. Wilson. The nine-member group will form a closer alliance with the National Archives on joint public programs and work toward increasing private support for the presidential library system. David Eisenhower, who recently wrote "Eisenhower at War" about his grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower, is one member.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON - President Obama, the four living ex-presidents and thousands of others head to Dallas on Thursday for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The challenge facing library officials will be to keep the crowds coming after that. Popularity translates into box office receipts at presidential libraries. And although Bush's poll ratings have improved since he left office, more Americans continue to view him negatively than favorably. By contrast, even presidents whom voters threw out after one term - Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bush's father - were regarded favorably by the public by the time their libraries opened.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE, ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
As a politician, George W. Bush was never afraid to be a lightning rod. His presidential library will be anything but. Plans released Wednesday for the $250-million, 225,000-square-foot George W. Bush Presidential Center, to be built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, carry no hint of the swagger or bravado Bush was known for during two terms in the White House. Designed by New York's Robert A.M. Stern, this country's leading producer of well-tailored architectural nostalgia, the library promises instead to be a handsome, contextual building wrapped in Texas limestone -- which is not a euphemism, like "Texas Tea," but an honest-to-goodness building material -- and red brick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The final installment of 94 White House tapes recorded during a turbulent period of Richard Nixon's administration were released Wednesday at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The tapes cover a period from April 9 to July 12, 1973, as Watergate was bearing down on the administration. Included in the hours of secretly taped conversations are discussions of the Vietnam War peace settlement and the return of prisoners of war, tensions over “most favored nation” trade status for the Soviet Union and other key foreign policy issues of the time.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Craig Fehrman
There's been a skirmish or two in the comments on my recent Op-Ed article on the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library in Biloxi, Miss . One commenter -- "Oceaneagle" -- pointed out that some thousands of blacks did serve in the Confederate army. Is that enough to undermine my claim that an emphasis on black Rebels is “nonsense”?  I'd like to start my answer by saying a bit more about Richard Forte, the Davis library's chairman of the board and my tour guide during my visit.
OPINION
June 2, 2013 | By Craig Fehrman
This spring will be remembered, by history junkies at least, for the opening of a major new institution, one named after a polarizing leader, devoted to a divisive period, subsidized by taxpayers and stationed in the South. I'm not talking about the presidential library of George W. Bush but the "presidential library" of Jefferson Davis, the one and only chief executive of the Confederate States of America, which will be dedicated Monday in Biloxi, Miss. The Davis library, of course, is not one of the 13 official libraries overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
Some tickets are still available for Wednesday's public opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum , on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Tickets are time-stamped for hour of entry, and the 9 a.m. opening hour has sold out, spokesman John Orrell said Monday. However, some times are still available for those who want to be among the first to tour the 14,000-square-foot exhibit space, which is expected to draw at least 400,000 visitors a year.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Morgan Little
President George W. Bush's presidential library, built on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, will host its invitation-only dedication Thursday . Former presidents have long donated their records and documents to libraries built to chronicle their presidencies and serve as resources for the public. All presidential libraries since Herbert Hoover's administration are managed by the federal government. Bush's library occupies 226,000 square feet on the campus, five miles north of downtown Dallas.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
DALLAS - President Obama praised former President George W. Bush on Thursday for standing tough in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and for his early support for immigration reform, drawing strong allusions to his current challenges as he paid tribute to his predecessor. Speaking at the dedication of the Bush presidential library, Obama said that walking through the building a few minutes before had reminded him “of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he [Bush]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1988 | DONN WALKER, Times Staff Writer
The Yorba Linda Planning Commission gave its final approval Wednesday night for the design of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library, clearing the way for construction of the $25-million complex to begin early next year. "I have traveled a long road from my youth in Yorba Linda, and this project has traveled a long road back," Nixon said in a letter read by Yorba Linda Mayor Roland E. Bigonger after the commission's action.
NEWS
July 8, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before the Richard M. Nixon presidential library opens, it has sparked controversy among leading scholars: Unlike other libraries, this one will screen the papers to be stored there and also may screen the researchers who study there. Nixon's will be the first presidential library without a complete collection of the memos, letters and other documents from a president's administration.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
DALLAS - The five men who have held the title of president gathered to celebrate the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University on Thursday, a rare reunion that focused on praising his achievements and made only passing reference to the controversies that divided the country during his administration. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, President Obama and all the living ex-presidents - Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Bush's father, George H.W. Bush - spoke at a gathering that proved far more collegial than their past political disputes.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
DALLAS -- President Obama is in the heart of George W. Bush country to pay tribute to the former president he describes as “concerned about all people in America, not just those who voted Republican. " Obama kicked off his Texas visit at a fundraiser where he urged wealthy donors to help elect Democrats for the good of the country, but Obama was complimentary of his Republican predecessor as he prepared to attend the opening of the Bush presidential library on Thursday. “One of the things I will insist upon is, whatever our political differences, President Bush loves this country and loves its people,” Obama told the donors late Wednesday.
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