Where Can One See America’s Founding Documents in Person?

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Founding Documents
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Prior to his role as the president of Missouri-based firm Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as the company’s chief economist and senior vice president. Outside of his professional life, Donald L. Koch is involved in charitable work and founded an organization dedicated to helping American citizens better understand the importance of the founding documents of the United States.

The founding documents are a collection of writings composed between 1764 and 1791, before and after the American Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the United States as a sovereign nation. Though they include many papers written by historically significant figureheads of American history, the three main founding documents are considered to be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Those who wish to see the founding documents in person to learn about their significance firsthand can find them on display in Washington, D.C., located within the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum. Visitors may explore the museum and study the documents independently or participate in a guided tour to learn the facts and history behind their creation. Along with these primary founding documents, visitors also are able to see other notable historical writings, including the Magna Carta and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.


Early Presidential Homes Offer a Personal Look at Our Past

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Koch Foundation



Donald L. Koch currently serves as president of Koch Asset Management. A multi-experienced executive in the financial industry, he focuses on securing strong shareholder positions in community-based banks across the nation. Donald L. Koch is also the founder of the Koch Foundation, through which he presents public lectures by authors and dignitaries focused on the history of America’s founding documents and principles.

One recent foundation presentation featured Clark Beim-Esche, author of the book Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell. Having toured every president’s home, Beim-Esche offers an inside view of their lives and accomplishments.

Almost all of our first presidents’ residences were in Virginia: George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s at Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier in the town of Orange, and Highland, the Charlottesville home of fifth president James Monroe. John Adams, the only one among the first five presidents born outside Virginia, grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and his home at Peacefield is now part of the Adams National Historical Park there.

Visitors will find a rich architectural history in these homes. For example, Mount Vernon today reveals the residence that Washington expanded from a smaller house constructed by his father into an elegant mansion of more than 20 rooms, now restored to reflect their appearance during his era. At Monticello, Jefferson built for himself a sanctuary of 43 rooms surrounded by stunning grounds, which include a vegetable garden that blossoms today with the same species he cultivated.

Donald L. Koch Foundation Hosted Clark Beim-Esche Book Talk

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Calling on Presidents, Clark Beim-Esche
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Donald L. Koch serves as a professor of finance at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he primarily teaches courses in finance and commercial bank management to graduate students. The president of Koch Asset Management, he also leads the Donald L. Koch Foundation, which hosted a book talk and signing for Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell by Clark Beim-Esche in April 2016.

Calling on the Presidents provides in-depth examinations of the lives of several former US presidents, including ones left out of most intellectual discussions. The book reveals insights about presidents based on observations of their homes and explores how presidential houses tell stories and perpetuate myths.

Insights and observations come from Beim-Esche’s firsthand knowledge and experience, and a history of visiting the home of every past US president. An educator, scholar, and talented storyteller, Beim-Esche lectures nationally and internationally on a diverse array of topics, such as presidential homes, the fine arts, and the Declaration of Independence.