As of 2017, forty-four people have occupied the White House in Washington, DC. The concept of presidential libraries didn’t come around until 1939, when FDR decided to donate his papers and other works from his time in office to the federal government as a public service. While not all libraries are administered by the National Archives, many are.
Those who endeavor to learn about the history of our former presidents are encouraged to visit these libraries as they give us insight into who these people were, what we might not have known about their presidency, as well as a look into their personal lives while in office. Since history classes in primary and higher education can only cover so much detail of each president, and in some cases, only the major highlights, these museums can help us learn more, and at our pace.
Whether you’re looking to see all of the libraries like I am, or you’re interested in specific presidents, consider picking up a passport. As I visit each library, I will make it a point to take pictures of the stamp, the building, and include as much photography and videography as is permissible.