Clinton House Museum to Unveil National Register of Historic Places Plaque

Friday blogs are a mix of things instead of fitting a theme like my other blog days. Most of the time it will be event oriented and other times just something I needed to share.

Jill M. Rohrbach
jillsjourneys@gmail.com

On Monday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. a plaque acknowledging the Clinton House Museum’s status on the National Register of Historic Places will be unveiled at the home’s location at 930 California Boulevard in Fayetteville. It was officially added to the National Register on January 22, 2010.

Just over 30 years ago, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham married in the small living room of their French cottage-style home at 930 California Drive in Fayetteville. The young couple was just embarking on their professional lives in law and politics. They were 17 years away from becoming the President and First Lady. Built in the 1930s, this one bedroom, 1,800-square-foot home is the epitome of cozy from the inside out. Unpretentious, like many of the homes around it, the house is constructed of a warm, dark brick façade and the inside contains elements such as an alcove fireplace and small breakfast nook.

The museum contains photographs, displays and memorabilia from Clinton’s early political career, including his campaigns for U.S. House of Representatives and Attorney General. Numerous mementos of his eight years as President, a part of the official Clinton Presidential Library collection, can be viewed.

While the Clinton memorabilia spans Clinton’s early political years to his presidency, it mostly focuses on his years in Fayetteville and connections to northwest Arkansas. The Clintons Fayetteville years range from 1971 to 1976. They were married in the living room of the home on Oct. 11, 1975.

The gift shop is housed in the former screened-in porch and contains Clinton biographies and his autobiography titled “My Life” as well as hats, mugs, stuffed bears, pens and pencils, note cards, cookbooks, shirts, golf tees and more.

The home is located within blocks of the University of Arkansas campus, where the Clintons both taught, and just three blocks south of Dickson Street, Fayetteville’s cultural and entertainment district.

It is also part of The “Billgrimage,” a way to see all the sites related to Clinton’s home state. You can get an Arkansas Passport featuring the four Clinton cities, Hope, Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville. The passport has information about interesting Clinton related sites in each of these cities. At each location you will get your passport stamped with a unique stamp representing that site.

Administered by the National Park Service, the National Register is the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. Since its inception in 1966, more than 80,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these records hold information on more than 1.4 million individual resources. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation. A professional review board in each state considers each property proposed for listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility.

For more information, contact the Clinton House Museum director at 479-444-0066 or email director@clintonhousemuseum.org.

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