Because of the stupid national park closures, we've already had to bypass a couple of parks I'd planned to visit--the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. We were on our way to Texas for a couple of months and I found a place to stay in Little Rock, Arkansas. I figured the Clinton Library would be out of bounds too.
We were staying at a city RV park just across the Arkansas River from the Park.
The view of the Clinton Library from the bridge looks like's it's floating in the air. Someone told us that when it was being built, it was compared to a double-wide mobile home. Bet Hillary loved that!
George wandered into my picture again. This is the right side of the building--the one that's connected to the ground.
Clinton's Presidential Limousine is in the lobby. The volunteer told us that this is the last limo to be put into a presidential library. Apparently they don't want the Secret Service technology available to the masses.
The special exhibit is about the 1963 March on Washington called "And Freedom for All". The photography is by Stanley Tretick.
Since we couldn't go upstairs, we headed back across the bridge. You can see where the lift part of the drawbridge was. It's in a permanently raised position now.
We haven't visited any of the other Presidential Libraries--actually we still haven't visited one, now that I think about it. (There are only 13--we've had lots more presidents than that! Wonder why nobody before Herbert Hoover got their own library?) After looking at the brochure about the stuff that's upstairs that we didn't get to see, I think they'd be kinda cool. So I wandered around behind an information desk (I asked!!!!) and picked up some brochures about the other libraries. Maybe some day the government will open the parks again. (This is where I'd put a nasty little comment about the whole shutdown and the way they're handling it in Washington, DC--if this were that kind of blog. It's not, so I won't--but I'll tell you if you ask me.)
I'll probably put a few more pics on Flickr: Click here. Clinton Library