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Happy International Museum Day!

Happy International Museum Day!

When the Obama Presidential Center opens on the South Side of Chicago, the core exhibit galleries of the museum will emphasize the grassroots nature of President Obama’s path to the presidency within the larger context of American democracy. On International Museum Day, explore the community events that are informing our artifact collection, including some of the wonderful objects and stories we’ve discovered so far. See more +

Watch President and Mrs. Obama read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds for Chicago Public Library's "Live from the Library" series.

President and Mrs. Obama dropped by a Chicago Public Schools Student Civics Town Hall where they discussed how the Chicago Public Schools community can stay connected, engaged in civic life, and build a sense of belonging even while living apart.

President Obama delivers a commencement address.

The Obamas recently announced that they will deliver virtual commencement addresses to the graduating class of 2020, and we want you to be a part of the celebration, too! Dial (773) 657-9284 to leave a voicemail message of hope and encouragement for this year's graduating class.

On National Teachers’ Day, President Obama called a few Chicago Public Schools teachers to thank them for their dedication and hard work keeping their students on track in a remote classroom environment.

Watch President Obama discuss the importance of MBK Alliance's work across the United States.

Ten years later, President Obama reflects on why the night the Affordable Care Act meant more to him than the night he was elected.

April 20, 2020

How We’re Responding in This Time of Need

Yesterday, Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Simas sent the message below to our email subscribers about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d… More
Mrs. Obama shares a message on International Women's Day

Mrs. Obama shares a message on International Women's Day

“I want every girl on this planet to have the same opportunities that I’ve had to pursue their education and their dreams. But right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. That’s why the Obama Foundation started the Girls Opportunity Alliance…” Read the full message +

Ten Years Later, A Look Back at the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2020

Ten Years Later, A Look Back at the Affordable Care Act

By Louise Bernard, Director, Museum of the Obama Presidential Center As we see so many people step up during this uncertain… More

In honor of Black History Month, we're reflecting on Frederick Douglass' visit to Jackson Park during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Jackson Park is preparing to repeat its historical role as a place of honor for America’s black icons as the site of the future Obama Presidential Center. During Black History Month and every month, we are constantly reminded that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.

Asked and Answered: Five-year-old tells President Obama she can’t wait to visit the Obama Presidential Center

Asked and Answered: Five-year-old tells President Obama she can’t wait to visit the Obama Presidential Center

In keeping with President Obama’s longstanding tradition of reading and responding to letters from the American people, we’re excited to share an adorable letter he received from five-year-old Pennsylvanian Cori Ryan. See for yourself +

February 18, 2020

NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

With NBA All-Star weekend coming back to Chicago, you could be sure President Obama wouldn't miss it. Check out our highlights from the weekend below. Learn More
New Obama Presidential Center Renderings Released at the 2019 Summit!

New Obama Presidential Center Renderings Released at the 2019 Summit!

Check out new renderings of the future Obama Presidential Center. Explore the renderings +

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