February 19, 2018

Four Universities Selected as Finalists to Host Obama Library

The Barack Obama Foundation announced on September 15 that four academic institutions have qualified as potential sites for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago were selected from among a pool of 13 applicants who responded to the Request for Qualifications issued March 2014.

Chicago Leads Pack of Early Candidates for Obama Presidential Library

For over a year now, speculation has been swirling about who will throw their hats in the ring to host the future Obama Presidential Library. The city of Chicago—the Obamas’ pre-presidential hometown—is the obvious choice, but not the only contender. The University of Hawaii at Honolulu, near the President’s childhood home, and New York City’s Columbia University, the President’s alma mater, are also likely bidders.

Our First President Receives the Most Recent Presidential Library

Jimmy Carter has one. So do Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford. Abraham Lincoln’s was completed in 2004. And, starting next month, George Washington, America’s first chief executive, will finally have his own presidential library.

Bill To Reform Presidential Library Funding Reintroduced

According to the Sunlight Foundation, on March 20 the House Oversight and Government Reform committee green-lighted a bill that would make public presidential library donation records. The bill would require disclosure of all donations over $200, whereas currently no donations are required to be disclosed.