Americana: Pen and Papers

Richard Nixon has had a tough time finding a place for his presidential papers. Duke University abandoned plans for a Richard M. Nixon Library, and so did the city of Independence, Mo. Now a town in Kansas is bidding for the library, but Nixon may find the offer a bit confining. Reason: the eager suitor is Leavenworth, home to a maximum-security federal penitentiary and three other prisons.

Clyde Graeber, one of the city's five commissioners, concocted the plan as a way to lure law-abiding visitors to Leavenworth. A local businessman has offered to donate ten acres of land, and town officials are...

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