After a bit of a blogging hiatus, I’m happy to be back with some announcements regarding events still on the horizon for April. If you’re in or near the Atlanta area in April, please be sure to check out the remainder of this month’s events at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.
“Destination Station” with Martha Hess
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:00am
Take an exciting look at the International Space Station with a NASA Professional, Martha Hess. She’s an expert on NASA and NASA strategic opportunities. Fun for the whole family. (Note: The astronaut originally scheduled will not be able to attend.) Want to learn more about NASA’s “Destination: Station?” Check out NASA’s website on “Destination: Station.”
Until I Say Goodbye: My Year Of Living With Joy
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:00pm
In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00pm
A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00pm
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The above events take place in the Museum Theater. For up-to-date details about events, please visit us online. Directions are available online.
Jimmy Carter with grandson Jason Carter at the White House Easter Egg Roll, 04/11/1977
The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum hopes that all those celebrating Easter this Sunday, March 31st, have a wonderful holiday! The Carter Museum will be open on the 31st from noon to 4:45pm. We encourage you to plan your visit online.
As you can see in the above image, President Carter enjoyed the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll with his grandson, Jason Carter, back in April of 1977. Have you ever wondered about how the tradition of the Easter Egg Roll at the White House came to be? If so, check out this article from Prologue, a publication of the National Archives. You might be surprised at how this tradition has evolved! You can find out more about the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll online. In the meantime, have an eggs-cellent weekend!
President Carter bust carved by Ulysses Davis
Our latest rotating exhibit, “Patriot Expressions: Ulysses Davis’ Presidents from The Beach Institute and Works from the Carter Library” is still on display at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum and will be through Sunday, April 21, 2013. Viewing the exhibit is free with paid admission to the Museum
Ulysses Davis was a barber in West Savannah, Georgia. He cut hair for nearly fifty years and when business was slow at his barbershop, Davis whittled and carved wooden sculptures, including all of the U.S. Presidents through George H.W. Bush. The Carter Presidential Museum is proud to host this wonderful collection of busts of the Presidents, along with works in the Museum’s own collection.
We invite those of you in or near the Atlanta area to pay us a visit, especially while this delightful exhibit is still here! Directions to the Museum are available online.
For anyone thinking of visiting the Jimmy Carter Museum this weekend, staff would like to remind all that Daylight Saving Time (United States) starts on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 am.
We are ready to SPRING forward! (How about you?)
Grounds in front of the Carter Museum
On December 15, 1973, President Nixon gave a Statement on Signing the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973–it’s interesting to see some of the responses Daylight Saving Time has received since then! You can view the text of the statement at The American Presidency Project.
Using the National Archive’s Online Public Access, I found that the Carter Library has documents pertaining to the topic. In response to Georgians writing letters of concern and protest regarding the time change in the winter, Max Cleland writes the following in January of 1974:
“Thank you so very much for your concern about the present shift to daylight saving time in the Winter months.
I bitterly oppose this move. I think it creates a hardship on school children and working people and I will do everything in my power to reverse this decision. [...]
I want you to know that I am most interested in seeking a solution to this situation. I think it is an unnecessary hardship which the average person in our State and in our country has to bear. The general Accounting Office in Washington says that shifting to daylight saving time during the Winter months will save only slightly less that 1% of our energy. I believe that until there are cuts made elsewhere in energy the school children and working people in our State should not have to suffer. I strongly believe that daylight saving time should not be in effect anywhere in the country during the school months.”
The above passage comes from textual documentation located in a file entitled “Daylight Savings Time” [National Archives Identifier 5717407] in the Senate Papers of the Max Cleland Papers here at the archives of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. This series of textual documents consists of correspondence to and from Max Cleland from various states and counties in Georgia. Also included are summaries of major legislation that passed the House and Senate during the 1974 Georgia General Assembly. In addition, this series contains a draft report of the establishment of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Cleland served as director of the Veterans Administration during President Carter’s administration.
Regardless of your feelings on the topic of Daylight Saving Time, we hope that you’ll have a great TIME visiting the Library and Museum.
The Jimmy Carter Library would like to make undergraduate and graduate students aware of an exciting opportunity to study several aspects of US and UK intelligence & security programs for academic credit.
“The Corpus Christi Summer School in British and American Intelligence and Security provides in-depth teaching in UK and US intelligence & security programmes from the reign of Elizabeth I to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The three week summer school is based in the medieval setting of Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352, one of the oldest of the 31 historic colleges forming the University of Cambridge.
The programme offers an exciting opportunity to study in England and will be of interest to students of history, politics and international relations. The course includes a number of visits in the company of expert lecturers to many famous sites associated with intelligence practice in the UK, including the wartime code and cipher school at Bletchley Park, the home of Colossus (the world’s first semi-programmable electronic computer), the Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the Imperial War Museum in London.” -ACE Foundation
The closing date for applications is March 28, 2013.
Details regarding the college, courses, lecturers, academic credits, cost, eligibility, scholarships, and how to apply can be found on the ACE Foundation’s website.