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
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.
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.
Partnership with the First Lady
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.
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.