The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Open to the public May 1, 2013.
Likes do not equal endorsement. The Library and Museum provides an unmatched resource for the study of the life and career of the nation’s 43rd President, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. In the Museum, visitors can explore exhibits that examine the important issues and events of President George W. Bush's Administration, while immersing yourself in the Presidential decision-making process through unique interactive multimedia.
Mission: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as the resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits.
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Happy National Chocolate Day!
Every year, this day celebrates all things #chocolate. From the pure taste of chocolate itself, to #candy, desserts, and everything in between. As one of its favorite tastes, America loves chocolate!
What's your favorite chocolate treat?
President George W. Bush helps make chocolate candy while visiting Swan Chocolates in Merrimack, New Hampshire, January 29, 2004. White House photo by Paul Morse.
Happy birthday Teddy Roosevelt!
Our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858. Prior to his 1901-1909 presidency, he served as governor of New York (1899–1900) and as the Assistant Secretary of the #Navy (1897–1898). As #president, he championed many Progressive Era policies, including the creation of the Food and Drug Administration, and established many new national parks, forests, and monuments. He also oversaw the start of construction of the Panama Canal, and helped broker an end to the Russo-Japanese War, which won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt was a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. For his impact on America, his face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
President George W. Bush said of Roosevelt: "We remember many of our Presidents as leaders made for a unique moment in our history. President Roosevelt... was a man for all seasons. He was a soldier who won the Medal of Honor, a peacemaker who won the Nobel Prize. He was one of the world's most daring big game hunters, and a leading advocate for conservation of our country's natural resources. He was an intellectual who sometimes read several books a day... and he wrestled here at the White House...
Nearly 100 years after his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt's legacy still endures here at the White House...Right across the door of the Oval Office is what was his former office, known as the Roosevelt Room. Above the fireplace hangs a portrait of the 26th President on horseback during the Spanish-American War. That portrait is a reminder -- when I look at it I think about the character and courage that is necessary for any President. For the past eight years, his legacy has been an inspiration to me. It will be an inspiration to the person who replaces me, and it will be an inspiration for all Presidents to come."
“This legislation is essential not only to pursuing and punishing terrorists, but also preventing more atrocities in the hands of the evil ones. This government will #enforce this #law with all the urgency of a #nation at #war. The elected branches of our #government, and both political parties, are united in our #resolve to #fight and stop and punish those who would do harm to the #American people.” - President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush signs the #Patriot Act, Anti-Terrorism Legislation, in the East Room October 26, 2001. "With my signature, this law will give intelligence and law #enforcement officials important new tools to fight a present danger," said the President in his remarks. White House photo by Eric Draper.
“We can show the world what a great, compassionate and decent nation America is. I can do that through #diplomacy. I can do that through our actions, through the alliances we form. But #children all across #America can do it, as well -- can do it through letters and e-mails and pictures and drawings, and reaching out to boys and girls.” - President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush talks with a #student at Thurgood Marshall Extended #Elementary #School, where he announced his initiative, #Friendship Through #Education, October 25, 2001. "We're going to ask #schools all across the country to join with schools in other countries to spread the message that we care for each other, that we want to understand each other better," explained the #President. White House photo by Eric Draper.
“Over the course of a career marked by great accomplishment, Ben has done path-breaking work in the field of monetary policy, taught advanced economics at some of our top universities, and served with distinction on the Fed's Board of Governors. He's earned a reputation for intellectual rigor and integrity. He commands deep respect in the global financial community. And he'll be an outstanding Chairman of the Federal Reserve.”
- President George W. Bush, October 24, 2005
President George W. Bush shakes the hand of Ben Bernanke after announcing his decision to nominate Mr. Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, replacing Alan Greenspan upon his retirement. White House photo by Paul Morse
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Day 19: Murphy, Texas Historical Society
The Murphy Historical Society's inaugural meeting was held on September 28, 2011, and officially became a historic organization on October 11, 2011.
The Society encourages the residents of Murphy to preserve history of our community for future generations. We educate the public about our history through the collection and preservation of old photographs, oral history interviews, primary source documents, and exhibits of historical memorabilia. We support the preservation of historic properties in Murphy, including maintenance of our local cemeteries, and apply for historical markers around our community.
If you missed the Preserving Family Memories workshop, here's the video. Thank you, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum!
On October 19, 2005, #U2 frontman #Bono met with President Bush in the Oval Office. During the nearly two hour meeting, they discussed several topics including debt relief, #AIDS, #malaria and world trade. A long friendship between these two also developed from this encounter.
“Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice.” - President Bush about Bono, May 26, 2017
“I’ve become very fond of him. Underneath his armor, there’s passion, compassion. He has it.” Bono about President Bush, November 30, 2018
Happy Birthday Wynton Marsalis!
Wynton Marsalis was born October 18, 1961. #Marsalis is an American #virtuoso #trumpeter, #composer, teacher, and is currently the artistic director of #Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted #classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. He has received numerous honors and awards for his skill and style, including nine #Grammy Awards; the first jazz composition to win the #Pulitzer Prize for Music; the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year (which he did twice in 1983 and 1984); and at 17, was the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. For his contributions to the arts, and his impact on music, he was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President George W. Bush in 2005, and the National Humanities Medal in 2015.
"I strongly believe that, for you, jazz is more than just a musical form. It is tradition, it is part of American history and culture and life. To you, jazz is the sound of #democracy. And from this democratic nature of jazz derives openness, generosity, and universality.” - Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France to the United States, awarding the French Legion of Honor to Mr. Marsalis
President George W. Bush, October 17, 2006:
“When I sign this bill into law, we will use these commissions to bring justice to the men believed to have planned the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. We'll also seek to prosecute those believed responsible for the attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors six years ago last week. We will seek to prosecute an operative believed to have been involved in the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 innocent people and wounded 5,000 more. With our actions, we will send a clear message to those who kill Americans: We will find you and we will bring you to justice.”
President George W. Bush signs into law S. 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, in the East Room of the White House, October 17, 2006. Joining him on stage, from left are: Utah Rep. Chris Cannon, Indiana Rep. Steve Buyer, Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, and Sen. John Warner of Virginia. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are in the background. White House photo by Paul Morse.
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Day 16: Dallas Public Library
The 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is home to the Dallas Public Library's Dallas History & Archives Division and the Fine Books Collection. The Dallas History & Archives Division collects, preserves, and makes available to patrons information in text, graphic, audio, and video formats. The collection of materials at the Dallas History & Archives Division is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Our holdings span many aspects of the diverse history of not only Dallas and the surrounding area, but the entire state of Texas. Due to the rarity and fragility of our collections, items do not circulate outside the library. However, a number of historic photographs and more are available digitally through the online library catalog.
Want to learn more about The Portal to Texas History ? I will let them tell you. #2020DFWArchivesBazaar
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Day 15: The Portal to Texas History
The Portal to Texas History is a digital repository for historical and cultural heritage materials. The materials hosted on the Portal are the product of collaboration between the University of North Texas Libraries and Portal Partners, which include genealogical societies, museums, libraries, government agencies, and private collectors. Since 2004, the Portal has worked with over 425 collaborative partners to provide access to more than 1.5 Million free online items at texashistory.unt.edu.
Whitehouse.gov is the official web site for the White House and President George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, the federal government
Digital Library - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Available for research online, view some of the open Presidential records from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed between 2014 and 2019, as well as digitized records from White House Staff Member Office Files, White House Office of Records Management, and Mandatory Review Requests.
Presidential Gifts - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
See artifacts rotate 360 degrees to explore some of the 43,000 gifts given to President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush by American citizens and foreign Heads of State.
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Day 14: George W. Bush Presidential Library
Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.
Housed inside the Bush Center, the Library features a 20-foot-tall, 360-degree high-definition video wall; a full-size replica of White House Oval Office; and the original White House Situation Room, now the setting for a unique, interactive educational experience for students. Among the 43,000 artifacts held at the Library, the “Nation Under Attack” exhibit displays steel from the World Trade Center that visitors may touch, the bullhorn President Bush used to address the crowd at Ground Zero, and letters he received in the days following the attacks. Almost 70 million pages of textual materials, approximately 30,000 audiovisual recordings, 227 cubic feet of photo negatives, just over 3.8 million photographs, approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records, and about 200 million email messages are also housed at the Library.
The Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a U.S. Federal agency
The DeGolyer Library is one of our great neighbors on the SMU campus! Check out their great online exhibit about women's voting rights!
Introduction “Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment” features over 100 objects from the collections of Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and the DeGolyer Library. The exhibit includes materials such as rar...
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Day 9: Special Collections, UTA Library
Special Collections at UTA Libraries was founded in 1974 as the Special Collections Division, the direct result of a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins Garrett of Fort Worth, Texas.
The Garretts donated more than 10,000 books, documents, graphics, maps, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers, and pieces of sheet music. The university built rooms on the 6th floor of the Central Library to house these materials, which related to the history of Texas, Mexico, the U.S. War with Mexico (1846-1848) and depicted the cartographic history of the Gulf of Mexico region and the greater Southwest.
Our collecting efforts have built upon the subject areas found in the initial donation from the Garretts, as demonstrated by significant acquisitions in several collecting areas, including:
-Spanish Language Archives
-The Texas Labor Archives
-Texas Political History Collection
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Images from the Bobby Bragan Collection courtesy of Eunice and James L. West Library #2020DFWArchivesBazaar
"The most solemn responsibility of the federal government is to protect the American people. And since September the 11th, the administration and the Congress have worked together and we've led an unprecedented effort to safeguard our homeland."
- President George W. Bush, October 13, 2006
Today marks the 14th anniversary of President George W. Bush signing the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006, or the SAFE Port Act. This act was designed to aid the Department of Homeland Security in making our ports safer by adding new scanning and detection equipment to major ports.
President George W. Bush shakes hands with Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, after signing H.R. 4954, the SAFE Port Act, in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Oct. 13, 2006. Also pictured from left are Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah; Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. White House photo by Paul Morse.
“Aleksander has helped advance the cause of peace by advancing the cause of freedom. He has served as a mentor for new democracies in the neighborhood. He has proven that you can be a friend to the United States and a loyal member of the EU at the same time. We have worked hard together to improve the lots of both our peoples.” - President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush and Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski meet with reporters in the Oval Office at the White House, October 12, 2005 in Washington. White House photo by Eric Draper.
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To celebrate the #2020DFWArchivesBazaar, DFW Archives Bazaar is holding Ask An Archivist sessions on Facebook Live. Archivists will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on topics like preserving and digitizing family photos and careers in the archival field.
Message them through Facebook (www.facebook.com/dfwarchivesbazaar) or at [email protected] to make sure your questions are answered.
“These 22 individuals do not account for all the terrorist activity in the world, but they're among the most dangerous: the leaders and key supporters, the planners and strategists. They must be found; they will be stopped; and they will be punished.” - President George W. Bush, October 10, 2001.
President George W. Bush looks over the newly created list of Most Wanted Terrorists with FBI Director Robert Mueller at the agency's headquarters October 10, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper.
2943 SMU Blvd Dallas, TX 75205
Please consider mass transit. We are accessible via the Mockingbird Station stop of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) System, on the orange, red, or blue lines. The Mockingbird DART station is located within one mile of the Presidential Center.
From the Mockingbird DART station, visitors may take Route 768 SMU Mustang Express Shuttle, which drops off and picks up directly at the entrance to the Center.
ROUTE 768 – PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Monday – Saturday,
Runs approx. every 15 minutes from 7:10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Runs approx. every 20 minutes after 7:30 p.m.
There is no shuttle service on Sundays.
From the Mockingbird DART station, visitors may take Route 743 SMU Mustang Express Shuttle, which provides continuous service to the Center as well as SMU's Meadows Museum.
ROUTE 743 - PRESIDENTIAL CENTER AND SMU'S MEADOWS MUSEUM
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
There is no shuttle service on Mondays.
No service Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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#DinoDay Join us today for Dinosaur Day activities, noon - 2pm. ow.ly/sCWH30k3lDH
First Ladies: Style of Influence
Opening TODAY! “First Ladies: #StyleofInfluence”
Our NEW special exhibit gives you an inside peek at the role that first ladies’ have played behind the scenes and on the world stage throughout our nation’s history: goo.gl/23qkqJ
Decision Points Theater
What would YOU do?
The interactive Decision Points Theater @GWBLibrary puts you in the president’s shoes to consider various options to the challenging issues that President George W. Bush faced during his Administration.
Plan your visit today: goo.gl/Ks1TYU
St. Philip’s School & Community Center Choir
Thanks to St. Philip’s School & Community Center Choir for sharing some Christmas cheer with us today! Enjoy more community choirs, holiday crafts, and fascinating Docent Talks on White House Christmas history: goo.gl/Dw6pKk
#DinoDay Celebrate National Dinosaur Day and learn about historic Texan dinosaurs @GWBLibrary with FREE Jurassic crafts, TODAY, 10am-1pm. You might even spot a T-Rex!
Who knew prehistoric dinosaurs were interested in Presidential campaign history? Join T-Rex and learn more about presidential elections @GWBLibrary’s fun, interactive #PathtothePresidency” exhibit: http://goo.gl/x85rJJ
Due to inclement weather, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be closing at 1 p.m. today.For info about pre-purchased tickets e-mail [email protected]
- stay safe and enjoy the winter weather!
8:30 p.m. E.S.T. POTUS delivers an address to the Nation on the 9/11 terrorist attacks #Neverforget
12:04 p.m. C.S.T. The President makes a statement about the terrorist attacks. #neverforget
9:30 a.m. E.S.T. The President makes a statement to the press on the terrorist attack on New York's WTC #neverforget
Here is a video celebrating some of the highlights from our first year. Everybody at the Library and Museum would like to thank the over 438,000 visitors that have already made the journey to see us in Dallas. For those that haven't had the chance yet, we are looking forward to seeing you. Here's to a great second year!
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday:
President George W. Bush addresses the nation Dec. 18, 2005 about the first Iraqi democratic election and the renewal of Iraq.
The transcript of the speech can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1bQ56kH.
In closing we leave you with the words President George W. Bush spoke to the men, women and children of the world. We thank you for allowing us to share today with you and we hope that the tweets and Facebook posts helped you to remember to #neverforget
President Bush announces the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist
On Sept. 4, 2005, President Bush announced the death of Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist. Chief Justice Rehnquist had passed away from cancer on Sept. 3, 2005. He was at his home surrounded by his three children. Below is the transcript and video from President Bush's announcement.
President's Statement on the Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist
The Roosevelt Room
10:01 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night. Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet, and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family.
William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the Army during World War II. He went on to college with the help of the G.I. Bill. He studied law at Stanford University. He graduated first in his class, that included his future colleague, Sandra Day O'Connor. Judge Rehnquist, and his late wife, Nan, raised their family in Phoenix, where he built a career as one of Arizona's leading attorneys. He went on to even greater distinction in public service as an assistant U.S. attorney general, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and for the past 19 years, Chief Justice of the United States.
He was extremely well respected for his powerful intellect. He was respected for his deep commitment to the rule of law and his profound devotion to duty. He provided superb leadership for the federal court system, improving the delivery of justice for the American people, and earning the admiration of his colleagues throughout the judiciary.
Even during a period of illness, Chief Justice Rehnquist stayed on the job to complete the work of his final Supreme Court term. I was honored and I was deeply touched when he came to th