Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy carries on late sen

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy carries on late senator's legacy

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The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy houses the papers and personal affects of Tennesseans whose lives impacted the national scene. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy houses the papers and personal affects of Tennesseans whose lives impacted the national scene.
Kris Bronstad is responsible for the collection. She says reading through these archives allows us to see history from the eyes of those who made it. Kris Bronstad is responsible for the collection. She says reading through these archives allows us to see history from the eyes of those who made it.
Preparations for Baker's memorial service took place Friday afternoon at the Baker Center, as UT protocol officials worked with UT security and military representatives. Preparations for Baker's memorial service took place Friday afternoon at the Baker Center, as UT protocol officials worked with UT security and military representatives.
By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A day after his passing, many are talking about the legacy of Howard Baker, Jr. The former senator died at his home in Huntsville at the age of 88 Thursday.

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His legacy will live on in those who knew him and in the building that bears his name.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy houses the papers and personal affects of Tennesseans whose lives impacted the national scene.

Here lie the artifacts of history: Sen. Estes Kefauver's name plate, campaign buttons, car tag, and rows of documents and personal papers from political figures from Fred Thompson to Bill Brock.

Of course the papers of Howard Baker are also housed there, which offer readers a look behind the headlines.

"We hope they'll use the archives as examples of history. We don't want to repeat the mistakes we've made in the past, but we want to learn from history," said Baker Center Associate Director Nissa Dahlin-Brown.

Baker's collection is extensive, but it isn't just his writings.

"You know what takes up most of the space are letters from constituents usually about issues like Watergate," said archivist Kris Bronstad.

They also cover issues like the Panama Canal Treaty, which Baker supported and others Republican congressmen did not, even suggesting in this letter that Baker step down as the Senate's Minority Leader.

Bronstad is responsible for the collection. She says reading through these archives allows us to see history from the eyes of those who made it.

"If you want to understand more about how policy gets made and decisions get made on higher levels. or between two people then looking at the raw materials. you can do that," she said.

The Baker Center is more than just a place for the safekeeping of papers. It also works hard at outreach with programs that enlighten us to the issues of our day.

Howard Baker insisted on that.

"Oh, he was involved," said Dahlin-Brown. "He really was, and I think putting his name on the building, he wanted to be involved. It was a way for him to have a lasting impact and he certainly will."

The public is always invited to the programs of the Baker Center, and if you're interested in the papers contained here, all you have to do is make an appointment.

It is part of the lasting legacy that is Howard Baker.

Preparations for Baker's memorial service took place Friday afternoon at the Baker Center, as UT protocol officials worked with UT security and military representatives.

Baker's body will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the rotunda and will have a military escort that will include all four branches of the military. 

His funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.

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