George Washington Finally Gets a Presidential Library
It'll open at Mount Vernon in September
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
A United States' fan, holding up an image of the first President of the United States George Washington.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

(Newser) – Pretty cool: George Washington is finally getting what so many other presidents already have—a presidential library. The 45,000-square-foot library, which will be erected at a cost of $106.4 million that was ponied up by 7,000 donors, is slated to open Sept. 27 at Mount Vernon. But the nation's first prez will have to share top billing: The library is to be called the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, a nod to the man who helped direct millions toward the effort by way of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which he chairs.

With its nontraditional name, it's not entirely surprising to learn that this structure won't be part of the 13-library strong system that the National Archives runs (currently encompassing commanders-in-chief from Herbert Hoover to George W). The Washington Library will house thousands of books—105 of which are rare volumes owned by the president himself, reports USA Today. But bookish history fans won't get to touch. CBS News reports that those books will be housed in what it terms the "inner sanctum," a vault that only researchers will have access to. Stars and Stripes has a photo preview here.

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Sep 27, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
Potheads flock to library to scoff at his cultivation methods.
Jul 13, 2013 11:54 PM CDT
Most of Bill Clinton's library in Arkansas has to do with Tyson foods, Heritage House Inn of Little Rock, and the Excelsior Hotel of LR. Tyson bankrolled Clinton's entire political career with an estimated total donation from Arkansas congressman to president to the tune of $250M. The Heritage House Inn is where the state troopers took Clinton to meet his hookers. The Excelsior Hotel is where he hooked up with Paula Jones. There is a converted airplane radar compartment in his library that shows how cocaine was introduced to the USA through Columbia via private airplane. A twin engine plane was loaded nose heavy with dust. This was possible through a project conceived by Hillary Clinton. Just like Ice Cube said in, "Boys in the hood" did god miracle snow to African Americans? No, whitey gave it to them to mess up their lives.
Jul 13, 2013 9:16 PM CDT
The one who gave the most money will have his name side by side with our First President. What a farce! Why bother. Mt. Rushmore is enough of a library for me. 1492