01.03.2011 / National Archive Exhibit now at The Durham Museum

School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents is now open at The Durham Museum. Containing more than 150 items drawn from the National Archives Presidential Libraries, the exhibition explores the early lives of American presidents from Hebert Hoover through George W. Bush.

"The exhibition explores the early lives of American presidents from Hebert Hoover through George W. Bush."

Documents and photos reveal fascinating details about children that would grow up to be presidents. Visitors will journey back to a time of one room school houses and see these future presidents as young sports stars, choir members, and musicians. The exhibition then explores the president’s education after high school and reveals the variety of educational and extra-curricular experiences that trained and influenced our nation’s future leaders.

Selected Highlights:

  • Discover why John F. Kennedy missed 65 of the term 88 days in kindergarten.
  • See Richard Nixon with his childhood violin, and read his 8th grade autobiography.
  • Read what Harry Truman wrote in middle school about Courage.
  • Peek at report cards for Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter.
  • Learn what the presidents really thought of their teachers.
  • Learn which president, while in college, received offers to play professional football.

School House to White House is on exhibit at The Durham Museum now through March 27th.

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