Former President Bill Clinton’s Boyhood Home in Hope Opens Doors as Clinton Museum

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HOPE, AK (AP).- Bill Clinton’s boyhood home in Hope has been open as a museum for more than a decade, but this is the first year that visitors are seeing the home as part of the National Park Service. The home became a national historic site at the start of the year, and Clinton said at its formal dedication in mid-April that he wants the home to stand as a reminder of the values he learned as a child. The home’s new designation as a national park site is expected to draw more tourists to Hope, a southwest Arkansas city of about 12,000 with a struggling economy. The two-story, white, wood-frame home was restored to reflect the style of the late 1940s and early 1950s, when the former president lived there. Toys from the period are strewn about one side of the yard and inside is the very couch owned by Clinton’s grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy. Clinton’s father, William