George W. Bush Presidential Library

The George W. Bush Presidential Library is a future complex that is being built to honor the 43rd President of the United States. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $250 million, and its location is the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The George W. Bush Presidential Library is on schedule to open in 2013, and when it is finished, it will be the second largest Presidential Library in the country after the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

History

History
History  Image: Luc Van Braekel (flickr)

Before George W. Bush took his first presidential oath in 2000, Baylor University had already started to work on a bid for a library and museum that would serve to honor the native Texan. Not much came of this, however, as the White House didn’t want to discuss the issue of building such a complex until Bush had won a second term. After this occurred, Baylor submitted its bid for the library, as did SMU, Texas Tech, the University of Dallas, Midland College, and the University of Texas System. SMU was finally awarded the right to have the institution on its campus in 2008. The dean of the architecture school at Yale University, Robert A.M. Stern, was chosen to design the library. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred on November 16, 2010.

Exhibits & Collections

Anyone who has an interest in history or politics is encouraged to keep the George W. Bush Presidential Library in mind when looking for things to do in Dallas. Wonderful insight into the Administration of President George W. Bush can be gained in the museum, whose permanent exhibition is organized under four main themes – freedom, responsibility, opportunity, and compassion. Among the highlights will be a special theater where visitors can enjoy an interactive experience that revolves around the major decisions that Bush had to make during his time in office. Temporary exhibits will serve to complement the permanent collection. Over at the library, scholars can find plenty of resources that relate to the life and career of George W. Bush. The facility is a repository for millions of presidential records.

Top image: Steven.Heger (flickr)

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