Homes and Libraries of the Presidents
An Interpretive GuidePaperback - 2008
Homes and Libraries of the Presidents, now in its third edition, continues to be the best guide book available that identifies, describes, and provides sources of additional information about the homes, libraries, and museums that commemorate Presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Now, with the addition of new entries, a total of 100 sites are found in this current edition. Each president's life and home is put into personal and historical context. The book has three sections. Section one provides an overview of the historical significance of presidential homes and museums, discusses restoration and preservation efforts, and traces the federal government's role, through the National Park Service and the National Archives, in administering and maintaining these sites. Unlike other books of this type, Homes and Libraries of the Presidents includes a Scope and Purpose in addition to the Preface and Introduction. The Table of Contents is extensively described with each president's name, followed by each home, library, and museum that is contained in the book. A Distribution Map showing the placement of each home, library, and museum is also included, along with an identification key. These unique features assist the reader in finding specific information quickly! Section two--the most extensive part of the book--presents short anecdotal biographies of each president--from George Washington to Barack Obama--followed by a description of the relevant home, museum, or library sites. Contact information, hours of operation, and driving directions, including maps where necessary, are also provided for each site. For most entries, additional reading information is referenced. Section three identifies sources of additional information related to the theme of the book, such as a list of presidential birthplaces, burial sites, and foundations and associations devoted to the study of the presidents and perpetuation of their heritage. The Bibliography and Index complete the book.