The Barack H. Obama Foundation was created in January 2014. This non-profit organization is in place to create programs, expand projects, and define initiatives. These acts are pursued through public service of the President and the First Lady, subsequent to President Barack Obama leaving the White House in January 2017. Partnering with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Barack H. Obama Foundation is taking on the Presidential Library and Museum as their first major project. Post-presidency, the President and the First Lady have the opportunity to continue their benevolent activities through the creation of this project.
The 1st Presidential Library was that of Franklin D. Roosevelt. With belief that American history should be both preserved and public, President Roosevelt donated his Presidential papers and historical material to the federal government in 1939. Thanks to the NARA and Roosevelt’s inspiration, there are now 13 Presidential libraries and museums. For the 14th, Barack Obama states that the Presidential Library and Museum is being created in hopes of “expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of citizenship and promoting peace, justice and dignity throughout the world.”
The location of this library and museum will be decided by First Lady Michelle Obama in March 2015. The finalists for the location are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii. Regardless of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum is located, it will bring many opportunities, knowledge, and spirit to not only it’s city, but it’s country.