While President Clinton heralded the future with the first "cybercast" from the White House, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced new efforts to preserve heirlooms of the nation's past.
"Technology really has turned out to be a wonderful thing," Clinton said Wednesday, kicking off a lecture series to mark the coming of a new millennium. "Americans really are tuning in in a positive way to the Internet."Internet users around the world were given the ability to hear and see Bailyn's lecture, as well as remarks by Clinton, and to direct questions from their computer screens at home.
Earlier in the day, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a new effort to save the core documents and heirlooms of the nation's past, targeting first the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"This has the potential to be the most significant public-private effort to preserve our heritage in all our history," she said.
Rebecca Rimel, president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, announced a grant of $800,000 to the National Archives, coupled with a $1.32 million contribution from the government, to help plan new protective cases for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in an attempt to halt their gradual deterioration.