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Interns of Summer 2013

by on September 30, 2013

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. The Library would like to take the opportunity to feature two of its interns for 2013.

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Jonathan Salman:

“As an intern at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library I gained first-hand experience in archival work. I was able to see my work of processing a donated collection come into fruition. Moreover, this internship allowed me the opportunity to see the day to day operations of the Carter Library. This work enabled me to learn different aspects of both history and archiving. This fall I will move full-time to Atlanta and begin my studies at the Emory University School of Law.”

Kate Justement:

“While interning at the Jimmy Carter Library I gained immensely valuable experience working with archives. Throughout the summer I was able to work across the board in the audiovisual lab as well as with textual materials helping process different collections, update and create finding aids, and work with [the Archival Research Catalog.] One of my favorite tasks that I completed was fully processing a collection from Richard Morefield, one of the hostages during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. I am so thankful for the experience and skills I received from my internship, and I hope to continue pursuing a career with archives as I finish out my undergraduate and graduate degrees.”
As always, we’d like to thank our interns for the work that they do!

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum staff bid farewell to Anne Angstadt, Museum Technician, this September.

Anne Angstadt

I asked Anne if she’d be willing to share a little bit about herself and her plans for the future prior to her departure:

“I am a native Atlantan with a B. A. in English from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. I received my M. A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 2006. I became interested in museum work by doing a summer internship at the Atlanta History Center in college. I discovered I enjoyed working with historical objects and learning the stories behind them. After I graduated from graduate school, I moved back to Atlanta and worked for the City of Roswell as a Collections Specialist. They have three antebellum historic houses full of objects that I inventoried and cataloged. I started working as a Museum Technician at the Carter Library & Museum in September 2009.

I married Jared Angstadt, Flight Dispatcher for ExpressJet Airlines, October 7, 2012. We went on a cruise from Montreal to Boston following our wedding and plan to start a family in the next few years.  I’m not sure what my future plans are. I am considering pursuing an online library science degree starting in January 2014 at Valdosta State University. Right now I plan to do some museum collections consulting work for the City of Roswell. My hobbies include reading and traveling.”

Thanks for sharing, Anne! We have enjoyed having you as part of our team and we all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

The following is a guest post by Kahlil G. Chism, Education Specialist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

This past July, twenty social studies teachers from the states of Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, and fifteen cities in Georgia participated in professional development training as attendees of The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later: Looking Back to Discover Future Prospects for Mideast Peace, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum’s 2013 Summer Seminar for educators.

During a week filled with hands-on document analysis activities, archival research opportunities, off-site experiences, and lectures from professional historians and former Carter administration officials, teachers refined their skill at using primary sources to develop critical historical thinking, and increased their knowledge of Middle Eastern history and U. S. foreign policy leading up to and during the Carter years.

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

This September will mark the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. At Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt met with President Carter for thirteen days, September 5 – 17, 1978. President Carter used his personal influence to bring these two leaders to a point of agreement. He knew that if these meetings failed, the result might be another war in the Middle East. The successful result of these meetings was the Camp David Accords, which were signed on September 17.

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the  Archival Research Reading Room

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the Archival Research Reading Room

The Accords are two frameworks or outlines for peace that led to an Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty the next year. The first accord outlined ways to give people of the West Bank and Gaza more political rights. The second accord suggested ways for Israel and Egypt to have peace between them. The Sinai region would be given back to Egypt, and Egypt would recognize Israel as a nation.

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Rosalynn Carter speaks to the group

One of the highlights of the week for many participants was a chance meeting with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter while they were on tour in the award-winning museum – where the Peace Accords, Peace Treaty, and President Carter’s handwritten notes are on display – as well as a private question and answer session with President Carter, where they had a chance to fill in any gaps in the historical scholarship about the facts and significance of the Accords. You can see video clips of their interactions with President Carter on the museum’s Facebook page:

“The professors and speakers…were all wonderful and had so much information to provide,” according to one teacher via anonymous survey. Another said, “This is the best professional development experience I’ve had in 13 years of teaching. It was an amazing experience!”

If you’re interested in participating in future professional development training opportunities at the Carter Library, visit

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers

Summer will be over before you know it… Be sure to check out some of our remaining summer book events at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum! The following author readings/lectures/signings take place at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. As always, visit us online at our Events page for the most up-to-date details and for additional information on the events themselves. Directions can also be found online.

Mark Pendergrast
For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:00pm 

Barbara Perry
Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00pm 

Susan Mattern
The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:00pm 

For our younger visitors, be sure to also check out our last Book Nook and Garden Safari event for the summer:

Preschool Visitors - Book Nook and Garden Safari
Monday, July 29, 2013
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Lobby
Book Nook: 10:00-10:30am
Garden Safari: 10:30am
Free and Open to the Public

On select Mondays, Jimmy Carter Library staff and volunteers will read from a selection of story books in our library and conduct an outdoor Garden Safari. Story time will be offered in the museum lobby at the colorful beanbag seating area by the Book Nook sign. Themes we will include are the presidency, leadership, growing up, roles adults play, etc. Simple language and colorful illustrations are included in every book. Colorful beanbag chairs are available to sit in. As with our other events, be sure to visit our Events page online for the most current information about the status of our events.

Volunteer Program/Tour Coordinator Janet Harris is ready to read! Come visit us for story time at the Book Nook.

Volunteer Program/Tour Coordinator Janet Harris is ready to read! Come visit us for story time at the Book Nook.




Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, will be stepping down at the end of July after serving in the position for thirteen years.

Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Library, at the Library & Museum's Rose Garden

Dr. Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, at the on-site Rose Garden

A press release sent out in May details Hakes’ departure and career in government. Hakes’ departure from the Library and Museum marks the wrap-up of a long public service career. Per the release, he has served as “…Deputy Executive Secretary and Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior under President Carter and later as Special Assistant, Executive Office of the President. Beginning in 1981, Hakes headed the Florida Department of Energy. He became Governor Bob Graham’s chief of staff and when Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate, Hakes ran his Florida offices.”

Additional excerpts from the release are as follows:

[...] “As Director, Hakes developed a close working relationship between the Carter Library and the adjoining, non-profit Carter Center. He oversaw the $10 million redesign of the Carter Presidential Museum, which has won seven major awards for its films and interactive exhibits. [...]

‘Jay has been a leader for the presidential library system,’ said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. ‘He is the most senior director of the thirteen presidential libraries and has been a key player in our strategic planning to make presidential documents widely available. I will miss his judgment and counsel.’

Prior to becoming the Director of the Carter Library in 2000, Hakes was the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration at the Department of Energy, a post he held for seven years. [...] It was that background in energy that led to Hakes’ selection in 2010 as policy and research director for President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Taking a seven month leave from the Carter Library, Hakes worked on analysis of the role of offshore exploration and development and the potential for restoring the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hakes is the author of the 2008 book ‘A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment,’ and is currently writing a new book on energy issues.” [...]

I wanted to ask Dr. Hakes a few personal questions prior to his departure and have included his responses. He is known for his expertise in energy issues and his leadership role within the Presidential Library system–but did you also know that he is known for his expertise in navigating the “restaurant scene” in several cities?

Staff at the Library & Museum and your acquaintances frequently go to you for restaurant recommendations. You’re known amongst those close to you as having an “expertise” in the Atlanta, Washington, D.C. (and other areas, I’m sure!) food scenes. Which restaurants or types of cuisine are your favorites?

Over the years, I have eaten at more than 150 restaurants in each of three American cities: New Orleans, Washington, and Atlanta.  It has been fun to live in Atlanta during the rise of the farm-to-table movement, which provides fresh local food that is both highly tasty and nutritious. In this genre, Restaurant Eugene, Empire State South, and Wisteria are Atlanta favorites. When in Washington, I’m a big fan of Blue Duck Tavern in the Hyatt Hotel on the corner of M St. NW and 24th.

I love Indian food and try to get in visits to Bombay Club and Heritage India when in DC. Indian favorites in Atlanta include Panahar and Bhojanic. A new favorite in Midtown is Cafe Agora, which is Turkish and very convenient for us to pick up some dishes we can eat at home.  I’m eager to try dinner at the new Tunisian restaurant CousCous on the east side of Piedmont Park.

Where would I go if I could only eat out once a year?  Either Restaurant August or Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.

Of all of the special Library & Museum visitors that you have had the chance to meet, who has been the most surprising? Unexpected? (I’m sure meeting Conan O’Brien was a treat!)

It was a special thrill to provide a tour of the museum to Lady Bird Johnson during what I believe was her last trip outside of Texas. She could no longer speak at that point, but had an intense interest in history and wanted to read all the labels. From TV news, I’ve given tours to NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Cokie Roberts. The great authors Salmon Rushdie and Alice Walker have toured. From the world of government, we’ve had Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Attorney-General Ed Meese. Other celebrities have included Norman Lear, Bill Gates Sr., former CNN CEO Tom Johnson, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. (I forgot we had his picture on the wall, but he spied it.) This year, I gave tours to basketball legends Bill Walton and Lucius Allen, as well as TV comic Conan O’Brien. Both Walton and O’Brien were history majors in college and very knowledgeable about the subject. In a follow up email, Walton said his visit was a life-transforming experience. Of course, walking through the museum with President and Mrs. Carter is always a terrific experience.

Your background in energy is quite substantial and those around you know to go to you with any questions related to the field. Staff knows you to be an avid reader, as well. If pressed to recommend a non-energy book, however, what would you suggest? What are you currently reading? Or, what book (fiction and/or non-fiction) could you re-read again and again?

There are two “classics” that I have found very helpful in life and work and think more people should read. Reinhold Niebuhr’s Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), along with his later works, provides the best guide to ethics that I know of. Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline:The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990) is excellent on the subject of improving the complex organizations that both enhance and frustrate modern life.

My current reading includes the not yet classics. For history, I am a big fan of Ron Chernow, but there are many good historians out there. I have read extensively over the years in the fields of health and nutrition. I have recently finished Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live (2011), which proposes some pretty dramatic changes in diet for most people, but would provide major health improvements if implemented. Right now, I am slogging my way through Kelly Starrett’s very thick Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance (2013).

Of course, my favorite reading at night is the many thousands of pages of documents I’ve collected at presidential libraries and other archives around the country. (This is actually true.) So much of modern history is based on mythology, and these documents (including the Nixon tapes) provide the best way to get to the truth.

What’s your first memory of working with the Library & Museum?

My first day of work at the Carter Library, I was given a scrapbook with pictures and bios of all the employees. I thought that was a very kind thing to do and made me feel very welcome.

Fondest memory?

The day we reopened the renovated museum (October 1, 2009), I realized we had nailed it and that our work effort would become a model for many museums to be built in the following years.

What do you wish people knew about the Library & Museum that they might not already know?

I would guess that most people don’t know we are digitizing the documents that crossed President Carter’s desk. These are the most important ones and he often annotated them. Making them available on the web will constitute a quantum leap for helping historians understand those four years.

Thank you, Jay, for sharing some insights about yourself and best of luck in your future endeavors!  Your work and leadership here have been appreciated and the staff certainly will miss your presence here at the Library & Museum!