Friday, October 14, 2005

Opening Celebrated at Clintons' Ark. Home

ABC News
Opening Celebrated at Clintons' Ark. Home
Opening Celebrated at Arkansas Home Where Clintons Were Married, Now a Museum
The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Three decades later, Marie Clinton Bruno was thrilled to return to the house where she watched Bill and Hillary Clinton get married.

"It brings back lots of great memories," said Bruno, the former president's cousin and a Little Rock resident.

The Clintons' former home in Fayetteville has been converted to a museum, and a crowd of about a hundred including friends and family members responded to invitations to the grand opening Thursday.

Former President Clinton and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., were married in the one-story brick home on Oct. 11, 1975. They lived there from August 1975 to December 1976, when they moved to Little Rock so Bill Clinton could serve as Arkansas' attorney general. He was Arkansas governor for 12 years before becoming president in 1993.

In its 1,700 square feet, the Clinton House Museum displays pictures and memorabilia from President Clinton's career. Many items on display predate his run for president. One room has been converted into a small theater with a big-screen television, showing clips from his campaigns for governor, Congress and state attorney general.

Clinton House Director Joseph Barnes said the museum hopes to add more items on Hillary Clinton's career.