The Hyde Park Book Club will meet Monday, January 15 at 7:30pm in the meeting room on the lower level of Treasure Island. The topic this month is presidential libraries, and the objective is to provide some context as the events surrounding the OPC unfold.
This is the list of suggested readings on the subject:
Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, Aug 11, 2016 by Jodi Kanter
The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies, Mar 14, 2015, by Anthony Clark
Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory, Jan 10, 2006, by Benjamin Hufbauer
Presidential Attics: The Library Competition is Heating Up, by Ruth Eckdish Knack, Planning Magazine, November 2014.
Ruth Knack will be at the meeting to share her experiences in researching the topic and visiting the libraries. If you need a copy of her article, Presidential Attics, please let me know. If you have visited any presidential libraries you are welcome to share your experiences.
The topic for February is open at this point, so please bring ideas/suggestions and we can discuss on Monday.
See you there!
Allison Hartman, Chicago Hyde Park Village
Michal Safar, Hyde Park Historical Society