Welcome Visitors from Around the World!
80,000 Global Visitors from 159 countries!
Over 80,000 people have visited President Bill Clinton's 1st Home Museum and History Exhibits Center since it opened in 1997. The museum's global maps are filled with red visitor pins from Antarctica to Greenland, all around the equator and everywhere in between. Citizens from 159 countries have come to Hope to visit the home where young Billy spent much of the first ten years of his life at 117 S. Hervey with his widowed mother, Mrs. Virginia Cassidy Blythe II and his maternal grandparents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy. International visitors comment on how President Clinton's ideas and policies have had a positive impact in their nations and communities. They want to know about the family, friends and place that raised young Billy: who planted the seeds of ideas in the heart and mind of a child, ideas that grew to influence the whole world. Our many international visitors often share poignant accounts about how they see Clinton as our Global Statesman, using his words to make a difference:
"Ah, that Clinton, he can make leaders do the right thing, even when they don't want to, makes them think it was their idea, and then gives them all the credit! He does so much good with his words." France
"Clinton, he was the key, the man who persisted in leading our country to peace. That is why we have statues and pictures of him everywhere in our country. My family and I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for Clinton's skill at creating peace." Kosovo
"You may not know what he does around the world, and know nothing about what he did in my country. It is only because of Clinton's delicate diplomacy that we have clean water in my village." Pakistan
"He is what we study, his methods of diplomacy and global efforts. He has a feeling for every country, for what we all could be. These titles of Democrat or Republican do not matter to us. We just see what he does. We have so much to learn from his life and his work." University students, Hungary.
"We were the poorest state in our country, almost totally illiterate. Clinton took an interest. Five years later almost everyone knows who he is because they learned to read and use a computer. So they put him on the ballot and gave him 97% of the vote—to thank him for the work he did, for his compassion." India
Speaking passionately: "Mr. Clinton, oh, he speaks with such fire out of his heart, with a great light that quickens everyone else's heart. He is one of those leaders gifted with the ability to spark fires in others. President Clinton's words helped us see, believe that we could achieve our goals. So we went to work to make a difference." Nigeria
"I am fascinated with how this one human being has made and continues to make a difference in the life of his own country, in my country, and in the lives of people around the world ... a man from whom future generation s will learn and of whom present generations have to be reminded." Croatia
"When he came to Africa in our troubles, Clinton listened with such compassion. He didn't just come with a plan.. Bill Clinton listened and listened until he encouraged us to start thinking how to resolve the problems. He listened with his whole heart." South Africa.
NOTE: Transitions in Progress 2010-2011
The Clinton Birthplace Foundation, Inc. gifted President Bill Clinton's 1st Home to the National Parks Service in January 2011, a gift to the nation and the world. Location: 117. S. Hervey St., Hope, AR. Home is open daily for interpretive tours 8:30-4:30. Free.
Interim website: www.nps.gov/history
Telephones: 870-777-4455; 870-722-8508.
The Clinton Birthplace Foundation, Inc. and The Clinton Museums Association of Friends continue to preserve Clinton's 2nd Home at 321 E. 13th St. (passive exhibits through porch windows) and to work with the National Parks to benefit Clinton's 1st Home.
P.O.Box 1925 Hope, Arkansas 71802 | Telephone 870-722-6929
On-line store is pending.
(C) 2009, 2010, 2011 Clinton Birthplace Foundation, Clinton Museum Association of Friends, Clinton Childhood Home Museums