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Visit the birthplace home of a president

Anyone can change the world. Even if they come from a small town.

“One thing I learned in this home as [that the] aspirations of ordinary people are more important than anyone’s ideology.” – President Bill Clinton, during the dedication of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. April 16, 2011

It started in the small town of Hope, Arkansas. President Bill Clinton was born there in 1946. While his mother was studying in New Orleans to become a nurse, Bill lived with his grandparents. He credits his grandparents for teaching him the importance of education and the importance of helping others no matter their skin color. Now, this simple, two story house is known as the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. Inside the house, you can see what life was like in the 1950s. Furthermore, you will learn about his upbringing and how it shaped him.

At the same time you can explore the Visitor’s Center and the Virginia Clinton Kelley Memorial Garden. There you can learn about his political career and the family and friends who influenced him. The park rangers are happy to assist and give tours every 30 minutes. For those wanting to visit, the park hours are 9:00am – 4:30pm . The exception being on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

All in all, this National Historic Site shows that anyone can have hope to change the world, even if they come from a small town called Hope.

For more information, visit the park website.

If you are visiting Hope, you can also drive a few minutes northwest and check out the Historic Washington State Park where history comes alive.

Location – 117 South Hervey Street, Hope