Presenting Controversial Presidential History

Sharon Fawcett discussed the presidential libraries and the challenges of presenting controversial issues in an objective way. She… read more

Sharon Fawcett discussed the presidential libraries and the challenges of presenting controversial issues in an objective way. She showed slides as she talked about the shifting balances between preserving a president’s legacy and presenting political history. She discussed the background of bringing the private Nixon Library and Museum into the National Archives Presidential Library system. Then Tim Naftali described how the Nixon museum undertook to create an impartial presentation about Watergate through the use of oral histories. Excerpts of oral history videos by Paul O’Neill, George Shultz, Robert Bork, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, and D. Todd Christofferson were played as examples. Both panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

“Engaging Controversial Topics: The Watergate Exhibit at the Nixon Presidential Library” was part of the fifth Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, “Renewing Ideals and Engaging the Public,” which was hosted by The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. The other sponsors were the American Association for State and Local History; James Madison’s Montpelier; Monticello; the National Park Service; the National Archives and Records Administration; President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Trust Historic Site; and the White House Historical Association. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Sharon K. Fawcett Assistant Archivist National Archives and Records Administration->Office of Presidential Libraries
  • Timothy J. Naftali Director Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

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Presenting Controversial Presidential History

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Public Affairs Event
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Forum
Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 27, 2011
Last Aired:
Mar 6, 2011

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  • Feb 27, 2011 | 9:40am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 27, 2011 | 8:40pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 27, 2011 | 11:39pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 05, 2011 | 4:40pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 06, 2011 | 3:39am EST | C-SPAN 3
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