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Clinton Presidential Library Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, Frugal Vacation

Updated on May 8, 2015

Presidential Center and River Market Area

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Coming to the Clinton Presidential CenterTaken in the River Market 3/24/1142nd President of the United States - Courtesy of www.whitehouse.govOld Choctaw Train station, restored in use as by the Clinton School of public serviceFrom the Presidential Center, looking across to the Choctaw Train bridgeFrom the third story of the Clinton Presidential Center, up Clinton Ave/first street/markhamThe Little Rock skyline from the Clinton Presidential center
Coming to the Clinton Presidential Center
Coming to the Clinton Presidential Center | Source
Taken in the River Market 3/24/11
Taken in the River Market 3/24/11 | Source
42nd President of the United States - Courtesy of www.whitehouse.gov
42nd President of the United States - Courtesy of www.whitehouse.gov | Source
Old Choctaw Train station, restored in use as by the Clinton School of public service
Old Choctaw Train station, restored in use as by the Clinton School of public service | Source
From the Presidential Center, looking across to the Choctaw Train bridge
From the Presidential Center, looking across to the Choctaw Train bridge | Source
From the third story of the Clinton Presidential Center, up Clinton Ave/first street/markham
From the third story of the Clinton Presidential Center, up Clinton Ave/first street/markham | Source
The Little Rock skyline from the Clinton Presidential center
The Little Rock skyline from the Clinton Presidential center | Source

President Bill Clinton Presidential Library

In our town of Little Rock Arkansas, we are honored to house The William J.Clinton Presidential Library. The Library can be seen from the I-30 Interstate at the the Little Rock Downtown Area exit.

At the end of a giant "green" corridor, nestled on the bank of the Arkansas River, sits the Library. It is a beautiful place to come, walk for exercise, picnic or just look at the beauty of architecture and nature.

Next to the Library is a Historic Building; the 1899 Choctaw Station Railroad passenger Depot - a Preservationist nightmare occurred with the speedy demolition of the Train Station. We are lucky they saw the value of the depot, and restored it into a beautiful hall and classrooms.

When the Clinton School of Public Service was being built, the cost of tearing down the Old Train Depot and building a new structure was found to be cost prohibitive.

By renovating this beautiful Architecture, it saved on our environment and energy use.

Behind the Library sits the Revitalized Brownfield Property & Headquarters for Heifer International.

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Clinton Library gps coordinates 34.74741,-92.26290:
1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201-1749, USA

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You will find the Clinton Library, and Grounds. Heifer International is right behind these amazing revitalized Brownfields Properties!

The Orientation Theater of the Clinton Library

This is a photo of the Orientation Theater upstairs in the Clinton Presidential Library downtown Little Rock, AR
This is a photo of the Orientation Theater upstairs in the Clinton Presidential Library downtown Little Rock, AR | Source

Clinton Library Orientation Theater - Tour of the Wm Clinton Presidential Library

President William Jefferson Clinton heard a clarion call to public service as a young person, and the Wm Jefferson Clinton Presidential center highlights this.

Hearing these words come from President Clinton, while in the Library Orientation Theater, stirred my heart, and made me happy. It is a feeling of great honor, to live in the town of Little Rock, that houses this unique Library, and because of the work that went into the Clinton Presidential Library, that we can hear this excellent Statesman speak in this setting

The planning of the Clinton Presidential Library and campus, have captured the heart and direction of the River Market Area.

The Clinton Presidential Center, and Clinton School of Public Service (UAMS) are situated in an area that at one time was so toxic that it was on a National Priorities List as a Superfund site.

Partners of the Clinton Foundation, and Heifer International, (on adjoining property) have done a beautiful job revitalizing the site(s), that the area is now considered one of the most successful Brownfield projects in US EPA history. This revitalization has enhanced the environment, and spirit of Little Rock Arkansas and the River Market area.

It is now a considered one of the greenest corridors in North America. President Wm Clinton Avenue is now a thriving, and pedestrian part of town.


Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR

Downtown, The River Market Can Be Seen From I-30

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The Main Library, and InstitueEagerly awaiting the Farmers Market to be live!
The Main Library, and Institue
The Main Library, and Institue | Source
Eagerly awaiting the Farmers Market to be live!
Eagerly awaiting the Farmers Market to be live! | Source

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library

The most recent addition to the fine city of Little Rock, honoring the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the new Children's Library. The library is "...Set on a six-acre site, the total construction cost was $12 million dollars.

The 30,000 square foot Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center includes a computer lab with fourteen computers.

The teaching kitchen is used to teach simple and healthy meal preparation, and they have taught skills such as processing herbs, and canning.

There is a large activity area, individual and group study rooms.

The theater is huge, and when not in use, looks out onto the "wetland" area constructed as a teaching aid. There is a community room, and the library boasts a collection of more than 21,000 books, DVDs, and CDs.

Not only that, but there are rooms for theater preparation, a music room, and Dumble-Door. This library was constructed with public service in mind, and it has already been instrumental in changing many lives.

I am lucky enough to have gotten a tour of the entire library, and I did not want to leave.

Another bonus of the location of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library is that it is in a poorer part of Little Rock, and enhances the community greatly.

Located behind the Little Rock Zoo, off of 12th Street, is the new Children's Library. Check it Out.

The Entrance, Theater, and Wetland

The Entrance
The Entrance | Source
The HRCCL Theater
The HRCCL Theater | Source
The HRCCL Wetland
The HRCCL Wetland | Source

© 2010 Lori J Latimer

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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you!

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      dswan9 

      7 years ago from Amsterdam and London

      a well written hub nd inspiring too...

      http://dswan9.hubpages.com/hub/FreedomSpeech

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you very much for the nice comment. If you come through here, let me know.

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      chan0512 

      7 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Bill Clinton... I surely miss him especially right now. We need more Bill in future. Voted up and shared! The Clinton library visit is one of my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this article. I'll refer to this if I have the chance to visit in future.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Lorie - Thank you. Your feedback has moved me emotionally. Thank you, and yes call me Lilly!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Lilly, (I hope it's okay to shorten your username!) Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was seven years old at the time these speeches were given-too young to understand their meaning and impact. This is the first time I listened to the entirety of these great men's words and I have tears in my eyes.

      I do, however, remember the assassinations, watching with our black maid as JFK was shot, and later, MLK. Travesties. The horror of those days will never leave me.

      I am a democrat, a liberal, and a spiritual human being and recall my presidential votes-Carter, Clinton, and on down until the republicans dashed my hopes. But I kept voting. I'll never stop.

      Thanks for such a stirring hub, and as King said, it's "...the content of [our] character" that matters.

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I really like Bill Clinton, great to read this and feel the connections, what a nice gentleman to take such good care of you Ralph is. Welcome to HubPages, great to meet you and to hear from you as well.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for the read. :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for a really intersting Hub. And welcome to HubPages.

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is dedicated to the Very Nice gentleman who took me on a tour of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Fed me, Got a Parking Ticket due to my parking advice, and brought tomatoes and peppers from his garden. Thank you Ralph

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