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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Church - Atlanta-Plains, Georgia

The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family's life. The library also hosts special exhibits, such as Carter's Nobel Peace Prizeand a full-scale replica of the Oval Office as it was during the Carter Administration, including a reproduction of the Resolute desk.

The Carter Library and Museum includes some parts that are owned and administered by the federal government, and some that are privately owned and operated. The library and museum are run by the National Archives and Records Administration and are part of the Presidential Library system of the federal government. Privately owned areas house Carter's offices and the offices of the Carter Center, a non-profit human rights agency.

The building housing the library and museum makes up 69,750 square feet, with 15,269 square feet of space for exhibits and 19,818 square feet of archive and storage space. The library stacks house 27 million pages of documents; 500,000 photos, and 40,000 objects, along with films, videos, and audiotapes. These collections cover all areas of the Carter administration, from foreign and domestic policy to the personal lives of President and Mrs. Carter.

The complex lies next to John Lewis Freedom Parkway, which was originally called "Presidential Parkway" (and at one point, "Jimmy Carter Parkway"in its planning stages. The land on which the museum sits was a part of General Sherman's headquarters during the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta.

Also featured are photos where you can attend service at the Plains Georgia church where the former President/First Lady attend service on Sundays.

Coversations/Things we learned:

History is always kinder and President Jimmy Carter is no exception. When he left office, his approval rating was 34%. However, many will agree he was one of the most ethical and moral presidents we have ever seen. Many will also agree his post-presidency contributions far exceeded his work while president.

In the years that followed, he established the Carter Center, building his presidential library, teaching at Emory University in Atlanta, and writing numerous books. He has also contributed to the expansion of Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing. In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work "to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development" through The Carter Center. Since early September 2012, Carter has been alive longer after leaving the White House than any other U.S. President.

If you are in the Atlanta area, visiting the Carter Presidential Library is a must. Further, although Plains Georgia is “off the beaten path”, attending church service and meeting the former President and First Lady is a “bucket-list” treat. Jimmy and Roslyn Carter are simply good human beings.

Contact Information:

Presidential Library/Museum

441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE

Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1498

Phone: (404) 865-7100


Carter Church in Plains, Georgia

Maranatha Baptist Church

148 GA-45 Plains, GA 31780

Phone: (229) 824-7896

Presidential Library and Museum

The Carter Oval Office:

Gallery of photos:

Plains Georgia Church

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