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February 2015 - What's Happening @ LWLC : Presidents' Day

What is President's Day?

February marks the celebration of birthdays of all the U.S. Presidents. Originally established in 1885 to honor President George Washington's birthday (February 22), it later became designated as Presidents Day to include all the Presidents. The 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act created the third Monday in February as Presidents Day every year.  This year (2015), Presidents' Day will be on February 16th.

President Abraham Lincoln's birthday is on February 12th. Some states have that day as an official holiday.


Bottom row Presidents: 33 - Harry S. Truman, 34 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 35 - John F. Kennedy, 36 - Lyndon B. Johnson, 37 - Richard Nixon, 38 - Gerald  Ford, 39 - Jimmy Carter, 40 - Ronald Reagan, 41- George H.W. Bush, 42 - Bill Clinton, 43 - George W. Bush

Websites with information:

American President: A Reference Resource (Miller Center, University of Virginia) - Information about each President, classroom ideas, speech archive. 

POTUS: Presidents of the United States (ipl2) - Information about each president and their times along with relevant links for further research.

Presidential Libraries (National Archives) - Location, information, and research opportunities concerning presidential libraries. The thirteen most recent former presidents (Presidents Hoover through G.W. Bush) have these libraries.

Presidents (White House) - Information about each President as well as the White House, First Ladies, Oval Office, and other aspects ofthe U.S . Presidency.

Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday? (Fact Monster) - Trivia regarding the Presidents and First Ladies.

Text: MK, NF

Books & eBooks

These are a few of the books and e-books related to U.S. Presidents and the Presidency accessible to LWLC patrons (text & selections: MK, NF):

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