Hungary has a Trump Library Blueprint

This Presidential Library Will Be the Most Important One

Paul Coogan

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Photo of House of Terror at Andrássy út 60 in Budapest, Hungary by Author

There have been a lot of jokes about a Trump Presidential Library and what it would contain. This is not one of them.

According to the National Archives “Presidential Libraries and Museums promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience.” These libraries contain historical materials to educate visitors as well as support historical research. The first library was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he donated his personal papers and a portion of his estate to fund construction. The system was further codified in 1955 when the Presidential Libraries Act specified how future libraries would be funded and maintained. Two decades later the Presidential Records Act of 1978 was passed to prevent the Nixon administration from destroying records (and those secretly recorded tapes) by making Presidential records the property of the United States Government.

There are 14 Presidential Libraries starting with Herbert Hoover and ending currently with Barak Obama. Will there be another in this series? Of course; the library is for the people of this nation to retain an important aspect of their history and learn from the past. It is imperative that the past four years be documented and not erased. The building of a library for…

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Paul Coogan

(he/him/his) Project Manager, Artist, and Data Visualization/Activist Geek