A Visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Politics and parties aside, visiting all of the Presidential Libraries is on my Photo Bucket List, so we had to make the Carter Presidential Library & Museum part of our trip to Atlanta.

Three Down, Ten to Go!

In a tradition started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, beginning with President Herbert Hoover, there are currently 13 Presidential Libraries.  I’ve already visited the Harry Truman Library in Independence, Missouri as well as the Dwight Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas, but the Carter Presidential Library was the most affordable of the three I’ve visited so far. Admission is free for children 16 and under and only $8.00 for adults.  We began our visit with a brief video and then wandered through the exhibits that covered President Carter’s childhood, education, Naval career, political career, and, most impressive of all, his time after leaving the White House.

Pro Tip:  If you are interested in visiting more than one of the 13 Presidential Libraries, consider purchasing a Passport to Presidential Libraries (currently $5.00).  With a dark blue cover embossed with gold letters, it looks just like a US Passport and is a fun keepsake to collect unique passport stamps from each library and document your family’s travels.  (Now we have to go back and visit the Truman and Eisenhower Libraries again to get those stamps!)

I paid full price for my visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum and Library and always share my honest opinions.

 

A Nickname that Stuck

Jimmy Carter birth certificate at the Carter Presidential Museum
I love the note on the right which reads, “Jimmy now but later of course will be Jim” since he was still called Jimmy when he was President.

 

Inauguration and Presidency

Jimmy Carter’s inauguration was on January 20, 1977.  While I don’t remember the inauguration at all, I remembered several of the events, personalities, and other big events organized by each year of his presidency — Johnny Carson, the Muppet Show, John Lennon and Yoko Ono,  and Mother Theresa.

Inaugural celebration at the Carter Museum
The museum provided a glimpse into the Inauguration celebration…

news and cultural events each year of the Carter presidency
…and what was going on in the world each year of his presidency.

 

 

Oval Office

As with other Presidential Libraries, the Carter Library has a full-size display of the Oval Office that makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to Washington DC in the late 1970s.

Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Museum

 

Partnership with the First Lady

While Presidents Truman and Eisenhower also seemed to be deeply in love with their First Ladies, President Carter seems to also have a true partnership with Mrs. Carter. From their first date to today, they seem to be quite the loving, committed couple!

Rosalynn Carter

 

 

Post-Presidential Years

When Jimmy Carter left office in January 1981, or as he jokingly states in the opening film “involuntary took an early retirement,” he was the youngest ex-president in “modern” times.  (I’m defining “modern” as born in the 20th century. President Bill Clinton now holds that title by a two-year margin.) The list of accomplishments that President Carter has achieved in retirement is quite impressive.  He’s written nearly 30 books, earned a Nobel Peace Prize, observed elections in nations working to establish democracies, mediated international conflicts, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Mrs. Carter, and won two Grammy Awards.

Congressional Medals

One might chalk up these accomplishments to simply being “retired” at the age of 56, but I think he’s simply a bad ass with a heart of gold. After all, now in his 90s and after battling cancer, Mr. Carter still builds houses for the homeless through Habitat for Humanity, and teaches Sunday school.

 

A Focus on Peace

As the only US President who didn’t wage war, working hard to instead find peaceful resolutions to the conflicts he faced as President, it’s no surprise that the post-Presidency section places a huge emphasis on peace.

Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize on display at the Carter Museum
Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize

Pro Tip:  Read this great article about 13 Ways to Rediscover 13 Presidents through the Presidential Libraries.

What about you?  Have you visited the Jimmy Carter Library?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Please Note:  The image at the top of this post is from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum’s website.

4 thoughts on “A Visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

  1. I’m on a quest to visit all Presidential Libraries as well. Jimmy Carter was my first in Feb of this year, and then I went to FDR’s in New York in May.

    1. What did you think of Jimmy Carter’s library? And how was FDR’s? That one is probably furthest for me. Let me know if you want any tips before visiting the Truman, Eisenhower, or Nixon libraries!

  2. This is a great write up of the Library. Makes me want to start planning my trip to Georgia now. I also have a goal of visiting all of the Presidential Libraries! I was unaware of the pass. That’s a great deal. Thanks!

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