Support or join the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

These are momentous times for the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. The foundation is hard at work to ensure that President Coolidge finally gets a worthy Education Center in Plymouth Notch, VT. The dedication of the handsome and state-of-the-art new Museum and Education Center will be on Aug. 7th, 2010 and the foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary a few weeks later on Oct. 7th at the JFK Library.

Why am I blogging this? The foundation has received a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities which requires that $990,000 will have to be raised by 2013 in order to get the $330,000 grant. Every donation or membership fee raised by then will count toward that amount.

For as little as $35 a year you can enjoy the benefits of membership and, perhaps more importantly, you can help assure that the philosophy of Calvin Coolidge, pertinent as it still is in our day, will be kept before the public.

Visit www.calvin-coolidge.org today!

5 thoughts on “Support or join the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

  1. Thank you for your kind words about the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Inc. There really IS something special happening in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

    1. Our new Executive Director, Ms. Joan Randall, an experienced and energetic non-profit executive, will start April 19, 2010.

    2. We are co-sponsoring, with The Rutland Herald, “A Summer of Coolidge”, a Dinner at the Paramount Theater in Rutland, Vermont on June 10, 2010. Vermont’s Governor Jim Douglas will be a featured speaker. All proceeds from this gala event will be donated to the Foundation to further its efforts on behalf of President Coolidge.

    3. Our Foundation will celebrate its 50th Anniversary as it dedicates the opening of the 14,000 sq. ft. President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center, in Plymouth Notch on August 7, 2010. Formed in 1961 by John Coolidge, the son of President and Mrs. Coolidge, the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Inc. safeguards and fosters the legacy of President Coolidge. John Coolidge preserved the Coolidge homestead in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, for this purpose.

    4. Our Foundation will hold a Calvin Coolidge Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA on October 7, 2010 to further celebrate our Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. President John F. Kennedy was a charter member of our Foundation’s National Advisory Board. Following President Kennedy’s death, Jacqueline B. Kennedy joined our National Advisory Board, as did President Lyndon B. Johnson. Former presidents of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, and Herbert Hoover and other dignitaries of the period were early members of our Advisory Board.

    Featured speakers at the Symposium will include former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith and noted author Amity Shlaes.

    Our Foundation uses its resources and staff to broaden the understanding and awareness of the American presidency as an institution and of the contributions of President Calvin Coolidge. It uses modern communications and Internet-age media technology and social networking software to preserve, protect, and make available to the public the presidential records and collections and its archives. It provides support so that scholarship and research may flourish.

    Calvin Coolidge lived a life of high character, duty and example. We ask your help in fulfilling our mission: “to open the eyes of the world to Calvin Coolidge”, and to achieving our vision: “to become the gateway to all things Coolidge.”

    Robert P. Kirby, President,
    Board of Trustees
    Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Inc.

    • Bob,
      thank you so much for that detailed update! You said it so much better than I ever could. As you may imagine, it was your reminder letter that prompted the post in the first place. While this is by no stretch of the imagination a widely read blog, readership appears to be ticking upwards, so I hope to contribute in a small way to the goal of spreading information on the 30th president.

  2. Kai,

    Congratulations on your Blog and in your continuing interest in Calvin Coolidge. If I might make a trivial comment that is likely to create a misunderstanding within your American readership it is that we use a period, not a comma, when expressing dollars and cents. $35,00 should be $35.00. The former could be confused with thirty five thousand dollars! I realize that you used a European convention.

  3. Kai,

    I, too, am thrilled with your blog and your efforts to bring well-deserved attention to President Calvin Coolidge and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. This is an exciting year for us as we implement a new strategic plan, and take the Foundation to a national audience. With the numerous programs planned for this year, we are pleased to have you and others share in discussions regarding the relevancy of Coolidge. Thank you for helping us advance our agenda.

    Best regards,

    Barbara O’Connell
    Chair, Program Committee
    Board of Trustees
    Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
    Plymouth Notch, VT

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