November Events at the Clinton Presidential Center

The Beatles

The Fab Four at the Clinton Center

Beatlemania has taken over the Clinton Center! Our new exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!, includes more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, as well as a sing-along booth where guests can record their own version of “Yellow Submarine” with Ringo Starr, and a wall graphic of Abbey Road where guests can recreate the iconic album cover!

clinton centerClinton Center November Calendar
Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! – Now –  April 2, 2017
FREE Admission Day for Veterans –  November 11
12th Anniversary FREE Admission Day –  November 12
Ideas Matter Essay Contest Deadline – November 19
Deadline to Order Thanksgiving Dinners – November 19

Thank You, U.S. Veterans!
To honor and thank our country’s veterans for their service, all active and retired military members and their families will receive FREE admission to the Clinton Center on Veterans Day. 
The Clinton Center Celebrates 12 Years12years
Each November, the Clinton Center celebrates its grand opening with a FREE admission day. Tour the permanent exhibits, as well as the current temporary exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!, free of charge, on November 12.
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Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest, Deadline: November 19
For the sixth year in a row, the Clinton Foundation invites Arkansas students in 11th and 12th grades to participate in the “Ideas Matter” essay contest. First prize is a $2,500 scholarship.
Start Holiday Gift Shopping Early!
The Clinton Museum Store is your one-stop shop for gifts this holiday season! From our new Maya Angelou collection and lovely scarves to toys, books, and autographed items, we have something for everyone on your list!
Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinnersturkey
Let Forty Two, the Clinton Center’s award-winning restaurant, do all the cooking for your Thanksgiving dinner this year! Order your turkey, dressing, side dishes, and desserts by November 19, and enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

May Events at Clinton Presidential Center

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American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory continues through September 11

Bridge to the Future – May 21 (see info below)

Conversation with author Garrard Conley – May 24 (see info below)

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Bridge to the Future Festival

bridge to the futureOn May 21, 2016, the Clinton Center, along with partners Hippy Arkansas and Special Olympics Arkansas, will host the Bridge to the Future Festival, a free community festival that encourages students to read throughout their summer break and will include fun activities for kids, and literacy, health, and safety resources for parents. The free festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Park

According to extensive research, all students experience some level of “summer learning loss” or “summer setback” while on summer breaks.  Some students are more effected by the summer break than their peers.  Some quick facts:

  • Students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do at the beginning of summer vacation.
  • Students who see the biggest drops in test scores are already in higher-risk low-income groups.
  • “Summer setback” has a cumulative effect and can follow students through high school.
  • Educators, on average, spend four-to-six weeks re-teaching material that was lost during the “summer setback.”

Activities for families:
–Free books from the Reading Is Fundamental “AR Kids Read” program
–Crafts and coloring activities, including making a book
–Appearances by Cookie Mouse and Curious George
–Story time
–Central Arkansas Library System library card applications
–Writing activities with Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe
–“Commitment wall” encouraging students to commit to reading throughout the summer
–Puppet shows
–Fire safety demonstrations
–Flag Football and the Young Athletes Program
–Face painting and bounce houses
–Free vision screenings for children provided by North Little Rock and Little Rock Founder’s Lions Clubs

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Arkansas Author Returns Home for Book Tour

Garrard ConleyThe Clinton Center is proud to host a conversation with Garrard Conley, author of the soon-to-be-released memoir, Boy Erased, on May 24 at 6 p.m. The son of a pastor in Arkansas, Conley writes about his experience at a church-supported conversion therapy program to be “cured” of his homosexuality after he was outed to his parents at the age of nineteen.

Go to the Center for more information and reservations.

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March Events at the Clinton Presidential Center

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The William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park, health located on the banks of Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year. Here are some of the exciting events happening at The Center in March.
The NEW Clinton Museum Store opens TODAY.

Opening today, March 1, the new Clinton Museum Store, located inside the lobby of the Library, offers guests a one-of-a-kind, presidential shopping experience. The shelves are stocked and the staff is eager to help! Museum Store customers are not required to pay admission fees to shop.

American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory
Opens March 12

The Clinton Center’s upcoming temporary exhibit tells the story of American athletes in the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it goes beyond just celebrating the Olympians’ achievements and athleticism. Like the Games themselves, it honors the common humanity that unites our world’s people across borders, generations, gender, and race.

Spring Break at the Clinton Center

School will soon be out for Spring Break, so get ready to run, jump, and play. The week of March 21-25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Center will celebrate Spring Break with free family activities. In conjunction with American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory, students will learn about and participate in sports from the Olympic Games. Spring Break activities are free; however, admission fees to tour the Center still apply.

Easter Brunch at the Clinton Center

Easter Brunch at the Clinton Presidential Center is filling-up quickly! Join us on Easter Sunday for a delicious brunch including a “Build-Your-Own-Omelet” station, a “Breakfast Favorites” station, an array of house-made desserts and more. Reservations are required. Please call (501) 537-0042 to make your reservation today.

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The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year. Visit the website for more information.

 

Coca-Cola Exhibit at Clinton Presidential Center

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Coca-ColaLast Saturday I was invited to tour the Coca-Cola exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. Ted Ryan, the director of heritage communications for The Coca-Cola Company, gave me and my fellow Clinton Presidential Center social ambassadors a private tour of part of the exhibit.Coca-ColaThis framed piece showed how one painting was used for multiple marketing materials. Line markings indicate different ways this one painting could be “cut” — like for a horizontal billboard. Ted also shared with us interesting Coca-Cola history like how the Santa everyone knows today was Coca-Cola’s doing and how three original Normal Rockwell illustrations for Coca-Cola are missing. Coca-ColaLater we joined the public in the Great Hall for the Coca-Cola Collectors Convention. People from across the state brought their Coke collectibles in for an Antiques-Roadshow-type event where Ted appraised each item. Coca-ColaThis Coca-Cola picnic cooler is from the late 1950s. Ted could date it from the fishtail logo. He appraised this piece at $300 – $500. Coca-ColaTed told us that the term soda pop came from when the bottles used a cork to seal them and you had to “pop” the cork down into the bottle to drink it. Fun little facts like this were scattered throughout the event which made it really interesting. These old Coke bottles appraised from $100 to $300 each. Coca-ColaThis is a Coca-Cola marketing bulletin from around 1928 that outlined prescriptive paint colors, standardization of the logo, etc. for people who would paint a billboard on the side of a building. Ted said that it’s so rare that he couldn’t appraise it. Coca-ColaThis is an advertising spinner. It would have been on top of a product display on an end-cap of a grocery store aisle or on top of a gas pump at the corner gas station. Ted appraised this item at $600 – $1000 since it was in such pristine condition.

“Coca-Cola: An American Original” continues through February 15. This exhibit celebrates the art and history of the Coca-Cola bottle on its 100th anniversary. The exhibition features a chronology of the Coca-Cola Bottle, pop art by by Andy Warhol, American classics by Norman Rockwell, Santa Clauses by Haddon Sundblom, and folk art by Howard Finster.

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Clinton Presidential Center is hosting Valentine’s Day Family Activities.

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