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Plains Chautauqua

by on April 4, 2014

May 2-4, 2014
Plains Chautauqua Weekend Event, Plains, GA
Sponsored by the Plains Historical Preservation Trust
Keynote Speaker – President Jimmy Carter 


Travel to Plains, Georgia for a unique opportunity, the first Plains Chautauqua weekend event! “Travel back in time to the mid 1800s and explore the unique history of Plains, Georgia,” birthplace of Jimmy Carter.
The Plains Historical Preservation Trust (PHPT) revived Chautauqua programs for our community in 2008. Many residents of Plains have fond memories of the ‘mini’ Chautauqua programs Miss Julia Coleman held at Plains High School from the 1920s – 1940s. In addition to the programs at Plains High School, Plains had tent Chautauqua programs in the 1920s. 

The purpose of reviving and offering Chautauqua programs is to educate and also to document our rich history. Recent programs have included performances, musicians, authors, historians, and artists. The events have been single program events designed to include PHPT members and people from our community.

Details regarding registration can be found online. Weekend passport registrations will not be accepted after April 11th.

“President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, plan to join the premiere of the new play ‘Camp David’ by Lawrence Wright that opens in April in Washington.

The Arena Stage announced…that the Carters will serve as honorary chairs of the red-carpet premiere of ‘Camp David.’ It’s a fundraising event scheduled for April 3 to support programs at the theater.

‘Camp David’ follows the pursuit of peace in the Middle East for 13 days during Carter’s presidency, when he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. It will feature Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin as Begin and actor Richard Thomas as Carter.

The production will run from March 21 to May 4.
-Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2014

The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum would like to express condolences to the Mondale family at the passing of Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, on February 3, 2014.

“Joan Mondale, whose promotion and advocacy of painting, sculpture and other fine arts earned her the nickname Joan of Art in Washington during the vice presidency of her husband, Walter F. Mondale, in the late 1970s, died on Monday in Minneapolis. She was 83.

Her family announced the death in a statement released by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, where the Mondales have long been members. The cause was not specified. The family said on Sunday that she had gone into hospice care.” -The New York Times, “Joan Mondale Dies at 83; Merged Politics With Art” by Anita Gates, Feb. 3, 2014

42,454 newly released documents (168,926 pages) from the Carter Administration are now available at the Carter Library via the RAC (Remote Archives Capture) program! The topics of the documents center largely on foreign policy during Carter’s Administration, 1977-1981. These documents can be searched electronically and accessed in the Library’s research room on standalone computers. Interested in doing research at the Carter Library? Visit us online for details!

For more details on the RAC Program in general, visit the National Archives online.


With the start of 2014 comes another year of projects and new discoveries in the archives of the Jimmy Carter Library… As such, the Library would like to take the opportunity to feature one of its newest volunteers/interns who is helping us kick off another year of projects behind-the-scenes in the archives.

The goal of the internship program at the Carter Library is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience. Opportunities exist for students in a variety of disciplines, such as library & information science, political science, museum studies, and education. Our current featured intern is Amber Seale, whom we’ve invited to share a little bit about herself and her current project(s) at the Library.


“As a volunteer and soon to be intern at the Carter Library, I have had the opportunity to work on the personal collection of David Rubenstein, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Staff [during President Carter's Administration.] To date, I have been assisting in arranging boxes of documents by subject matter. It has been very interesting to work with documents that are as old I am!

My internship officially starts in another week. I am excited to continue working on the Rubenstein collection and also working in other areas of the library as well. This hands-on experience works in conjunction with one of my classes this semester, which pertains to the administration and use of archival materials. My internship will benefit me greatly while I continue to work on my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.”