Saturday, July 2, 2011

OLD STATE HOUSE & CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

Friday, July 1 - We visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum this morning. The building is designed like a bridge. This symbolizes Clinton's bridge from the 19th century to the 20th century.

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The archival and museum holdings are the largest within the Presidential Library System. Included are approximately 7,6l8 million pages of paper documents, 1.85 million photographs and over 75,000 artifacts.

The museum includes replicas of the Oval Office

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His deck is beautiful.
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and the Cabinet Room.

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After viewing the introductory film, we stopped in the first floor lobby, to see the Presidential limousine used during the Clinton administration. GM build three of these which took approximately three years.

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Then to the second floor Cabinet Room and the Timeline viewing area, as well as Alcove Exhibits. Key events and highlights of the Clinton administration are presented on a timeline, with videos, daily schedules, interactive stations and printed information.

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Arranged on either side of the main gallery are multimedia exhibits where visitors can explore a wide variety of topics. Each alcove focuses on a significant policy area.

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On the third floor is the Oval Office as well as displays featuring state events and gifts presented to the President. Gifts presented to Presidents become property of the American People. It's amazing to see what foreign dignitaries give to the President.

Razorback Hog
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Juggler seat…what?
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They even had a display of some of his saxophones.
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This was Marsha's favorite. This was the White House Millennium celebration tree. It is called the Crystal Tree of Light.

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The amount of information presented is overwhelming. It would take days to read all the displays, watch all the videos, and look at all the memorabilia presented in the museum and library.

We rode the free shuttle bus downtown, rather than driving and having to search for parking. We stopped in the Clinton Museum Store, pasted by dozens of interesting restaurants, walked down to the Market Area and the Riverwalk.

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There is a park in the area also.
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We spent about an hour in the Old State House.

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Constructed in 1833, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Known throughout Arkansas for is elegance and historical significance, the Old State House gained worldwide recognition when it was used as the setting for President Bill Clinton's election-night celebrations in 1992 and 1996.

Beautiful staircase.
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House of Representatives. Sure looks different in the new Capitol. More on that later.
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Ladies piano room…really? Dig the hat on the table.
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Formal sitting room.
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They had a wonderful collection of Arkansas's First Ladies' Gowns.
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They did a great job in displaying the history of the Capitol, and the best part…admission is FREE!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!

 

 

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  1. I like places that let you look and don't charge you. The problem is there aren't enough of them.

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  2. Thanks for a great tour of President Clinton's library. I'd love to visit myself some day.

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  3. I still can't believe we missed Arkansas on our eastern states tour. Thanks for taking us there now.

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