PostHeaderIcon Come With Me To Learn A Secret About The Clinton Presidential Library!

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Our Weekend Road Trip this week takes us to Little Rock, Arkansas for a tour of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. The 150,000 square foot structure cost approximately $165 million to construct, and it sits within the boundaries of a 28 acre park. The Clinton Library is the second largest Presidential Library. The Ronald Reagan Library is the largest.

And, I know a secret about the library that no one else does! Soon, you’ll know it too.

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William J. Clinton Presidential Library

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham—the college years

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A full-size replica of the Oval Office.

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Gibson Lucille-style guitar signed by B.B. King, Jonh Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Gloria Estephan, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks, and Lenny Kravitz.

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Okay, here’s the secret. I noticed this guitar was hanging upside down (it’s a right-handed guitar positioned as if a left-handed guitarist was about to play it)  and it was bugging the heck out me, assuming a non-musician hung it that way. And you know me, I went straight to the top for answers. Well, I was correct, they didn’t know it was upside down. Not a clue. So the head honcho sent a message to someone else who forwarded it to someone else…well, you get the idea. Finally, though, I did receive the information I sought…sort of. Here’s what they told me (basically, they passed the buck). Still, this is great “inside” information that no one knows but you and me.

“This guitar was part of our temporary exhibit “World of Music” which ran from May, 2005 to January, 2006. This exhibit was designed by Ralph Appelbaum and Associates from New York and our museum staff had little to do with the installation.

Because we had little involvement, we can only guess why it was hung that way (it kind of looks like two of the signatures are right side up when you hang it this way, one is sideways and one is upside down) but we cannot say for sure.

One thing I want to make sure you know: This item is no longer on exhibit at the Clinton Library. When it came down in 2006, it was returned to storage.

The guitar was a gift to President Clinton from Hootie and the Blowfish and it is signed by that band.”

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Actual presidential limousine. It’s heavily armored.

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Ballet shoes worn by a young Hillary Rodham.

5 Responses to “Come With Me To Learn A Secret About The Clinton Presidential Library!”

  • Helen says:

    Funny story — first time I ever visited Little Rock, a friend and I were walking along the river, heading towards the Library. My friend, being kind of clueless, asked a jogger running by, “what’s that big building?” The jogger replied, “Oh you mean the double-wide?” I guess some of the locals didn’t care for it.

    I have now been to the Library twice and can say it is majestic, very impressive and if some still consider it a double-wide, it’s the top of the line. Everyone should visit these presidential libraries. They are repositories of history unparalleled, no matter your political persuasion.

  • Lee Lofland says:

    I’ve heard the same story, Helen. And I have to say it is a bit unusual on the outside. But the inside of the library is quite impressive.

  • Kathy/C. K. Crouch says:

    Sounds really interesting. Last year my niece-in-law and my two great nieces visted the LBJ Library in Austin, TX. It was really fascinating to see.

  • Sally Carpenter says:

    Looks like a great trip. I’ve been to rhe Reagan Library several times. Regardless of ones politicial views, it’s a fascionating look at history. The actual Air Force One plane is on display and visitors can walk through it. The special exhibits are nice too.

  • Mary Brookman says:

    Thanks for this post, Lee. Ever since the dedication of the G. W. Bush library recently, I’ve thought the libraries would be great places for researching.

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