JFK Presidential Library
Ernest Hemingway’s vast archives reside in Boston. How’d that happen?
Ken Burns called Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum “a liberation” in allowing him to tell the story of writer Ernest Hemingway in his new documentary.
A trove of Hemingway treasures — including some 11,000 photos, manuscripts, letters, bullfight tickets, even good-luck charms — reside in John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The Ernest Hemingway Collection spans Hemingway’s entire career, and contains 90 percent of all known manuscript materials.
If you tuned in last night to Burns and Lynn Novick’s “Hemingway” on PBS (parts two and three air Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.), you’ll see those photos and manuscripts presented with the classic Ken Burns effect.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Lincoln Presidential Library offering free admission to those with COVID vaccine
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is allowing those who received the COVID vaccine free entry in May and June.
“Vaccination is key to beating this disease, keeping everyone healthy, and returning to normal in America,” Melissa Coultas, acting executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said. “If we can help by offering a little extra incentive, then we’re happy to do so.”
The Lincoln Presidential Library also just opened a brand new exhibit, “The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois.” This exhibit explores the contributions of music legends like Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, and John Prine by using audio, video, and artifacts.
George W.Bush Presidential Center
President George W. Bush Releases New Book Focused on Immigration
Former President George W. Bush has released his new book, "Out of Many, One." The book is a collection of 43 portraits of immigrants, all of whom came to America for freedom and a better life. Bush said he wants to "elevate the dialogue" when it comes to immigration reform and with each portrait, share the stories of struggle and perseverance.
"Thear Suzuki. She's a Dallas girl and went to SMU. She grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand," said Bush as he walked us through the exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. "I've met every one of them."
The former president said each and every one of his paintings tells a story.
"I think the timing is pretty good because people are paying attention to the issue. Nothing is going to get fixed quickly down on the border, as a matter of fact, the whole system is overwhelmed," he said.
William J.Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Clinton boyhood home to open for tours
The public will soon be able to tour the inside of former President Bill Clinton's boyhood home on Park Avenue for the first time following its recent purchase by a local Realtor.
Chris Rix, a Realtor who is currently restoring and revitalizing several historic properties around town, bought the house at 1011 Park Ave. around a month ago. He said he has been looking at buying and saving the property for around a year.
Rix said he is hopeful he will be able to work with the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, noting, "To me, that's kind of just a no-brainer to get some of the memorabilia."
Rix said he would love to be able to give Bill and Hillary Clinton a tour of the house. "I would be so happy to have the Clintons here," he said.
The stabilization "won't take six months. Once I get started, I'd say two to three months," he said. "This could easily be ready by, let's just say mid-July to August."
Barack Obama Foundation
Obama Center Teams Up With Chicago Botanic Garden
The planned Obama Presidential Center is getting design advice from the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Obama Foundation recently announced the partnership. Foundation officials say the Chicago Botanic Garden will offer expertise in designing and operating a fruit and vegetable garden at the presidential complex on the city's South Side.
Center officials say the move is among multiple “sustainability-minded” design elements. That includes like storm water retention to allow for reusing water, repurposing existing trees and plans that'll support migratory bird populations.
A new Chicago Public Library branch at the center will also have a rooftop garden where young people will be able to learn.