Monday, September 30, 2013

Who Knew there wasn't a George Washington Presidential Library?

I have to admit, I never thought about it. I just assumed that the Father of our Nation and First President always had his own library. 

Boy was I wrong:
George Washington, the country's first president, finally will have a dedicated place where scholars can study his legacy and that of the founding fathers. 
Today, at his estate in Mount Vernon, Va., the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, a $106 million project, opened its doors. 
USA Today reports that the library fulfills one of Washington's wishes. In April 1787, he told a friend that he needed a place to accommodate his "military, civil and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting." 
Two-hundred and twenty-six years later, he has one. 
Read the rest HERE.

I was also amazed to know that the tradition of a Presidential Library didn't begin until 1939. Here is a list of the current libraries:

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