Presidential Library Archivist to Speak at Cheboygan Carnegie
Cheboygan Carnegie welcomes Brian McNerney, Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. McNerney, a Presidential Library Archivist with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, will discuss two topics.
He will talk about the importance of repurposing historic buildings, especially Carnegie Libraries. McNerney will tell about his adventures in trying to purchase a Carnegie in Superior, Wisconsin, and how it led him to the Carnegie subculture throughout the United States and around the world. He will also talk about the Cheboygan Carnegie history, including the actual proposal sent to Carnegie to establish the library.
McNerney will also give an overview of the Presidential Library System, of which the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library is the 6th of 13 existing libraries. The 14th, the Obama Library, is being built in Hyde Park, IL, on the campus of the University of Chicago.
Also, McNerney will elaborate on how presidential libraries are a fortress against intolerance and ignorance: “Presidential Libraries and Their Role in Pursuing the Fifth Freedom.”
He’ll talk about the peculiarities of several, including the Ford, and note some of the eyebrow-lifting holdings of the LBJ.
An archivist with the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Brian McNerney is also an adjunct professor at St. Edwards University. He also has Michigan roots, having graduated from MSU with an MA in English in 1994, and later teaching there for a semester. McNerney also served in the army for 26 years, seeing active duty in the Persian Gulf War, plus serving in Iraq and Germany.