Tag: Ronald Reagan Library and Museum
We’re wrapping up our American Archives Month series of blog posts about the Presidential libraries. The records created by Presidents while in office will become part of the National Archives and eventually will be used by researchers. Here’s how it happens!
Today’s post comes from Emily Niekrasz, an intern in the National Archives History Office in Washington, DC.
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, held on November 21, 1988, President Reagan proclaimed, “But I believe that scholars of good will . . . will judge our efforts well. But as for us, at present we can only say this: we have done our best and we pray it has been enough.”
At its conception, the future Reagan Library was faced with three major questions:
Where would the library be located?
How would this new institution cope with being the first to adhere to the rules of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1978?
And how would the director and staff manage the papers and gifts of a modern Presidency that lasted two full terms (the first since 1961)?
Just as the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library … [ Read all ]
Posted by Jessie Kratz on October 30, 2015, under - Presidents, American Archives Month, National Archives History, National Archives Near You.
Tags: Air Force One, Nancy Reagan, President Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
October is American Archives Month! We’re celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts about the Presidential libraries. The records created by Presidents while in office will become part of the National Archives, and eventually will be used by researchers. Here’s how it happens!
Today’s post comes from Alan Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
My introduction to Presidential transitions came in a bit of a baptism of fire. I had transferred from the Ronald Reagan Library to Washington, DC, in early 1992 to work in the Office of Presidential Libraries.
Later that year, Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush, and suddenly we had to quickly plan a Presidential move. The day after the election, I was detailed along with others to the White House.
From then until inauguration day, I worked with terrific NARA, White House, and Department of Defense colleagues to inventory, box, palletize, and move a huge amount of material out of the White House complex.
Some of my previous experiences at Reagan helped—while working there as an archivist, I was part of that team as we moved from our temporary facility in Los Angeles to the permanent … [ Read all ]
Posted by Jessie Kratz on October 8, 2015, under - Presidents, American Archives Month.
Tags: Bill Clinton, Clinton Library, Clinton Presidential Library, George Bush, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, George W. Bush Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, President Reagan, presidential libraries, Presidential papers, Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
For the next month or so, more than 900 goats will be calling the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum home.
“Last year, the Ventura County Fire Department broached the idea with us,” said Reagan Library Director and Herder-in-Chief Duke Blackwood. “We’ve partnered with them for more than 10 years with brush clearance. We’d bring in teams of people to do it, and it was very laborious and noisy. I don’t know how exactly, but the fire department was approached by these people with goats, and they thought they’d give it a try.”
An annual brush clearing is an important part of fire abatement because the library is located in a fire-prone area. The library took on 400 goats last year to clear 13 acres of brush around the property. This year, 900 goats will cover 40 acres. A portable fence is placed to move the goats around and keep them safe. A shepherd will also live on the property for the entire month to watch over the goats and make sure no coyotes or bobcats get them.
The goat program is organized and paid for by the fire department, … [ Read all ]
The clothes must make the man! Last week’s photo caption contest winner featured Spring Fashion Week and canvas jumpsuits; this week’s winner pokes gentle fun at what our congressmen might look like before they are suited up for work.
Duke Blackwood, the Director of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, took on his guest judging duties with a good humor that may make even the stoniest-faced terra-cotta warrior crack a smile.
Congratulations to Logan! Check your email for a code for a 15% discount in the National Archives eStore.
The original caption of the photo reads: “Photograph of the Reagans standing with the Terra Cotta figures in Xi’an, China” (April 29, 1984. ARC 198547). President Reagan’s 1984 trip to China marked only the second time a U.S. President visited since President Richard Nixon’s historic trip in 1972. Reagan met with Chinese President Li Xiannian in an attempt to resolve diplomatic differences between the U.S. and China. He also toured historical and cultural sites in Beijing with First Lady Nancy Reagan, including the Terra-cotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China. The terra-cotta soldiers were found in a massive burial site, intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife.
Our last photograph featured orderly soldiers below the ground, so this week we thought we’d take to the … [ Read all ]
Posted by Victoria on May 10, 2012, under Photo Caption Contest.
Tags: china, Duke Blackwood, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, terra-cotta army, terracotta army