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Decisions and Diplomacy

Jul 15, 2013 02:30PM ● By tina

Located on SMU's picturesque campus in Dallas, the new George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library houses an extensive collection of artifacts and documents.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library

Take your patriotic summer activities to a new educational level by visiting the brand-new George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library, the first facility of its kind in North Texas. The $250 million center, located on the picturesque SMU campus in Dallas, houses a monumental collection of 40,000 artifacts and 70 million documents from former President Bush’s time in office. The library and center, which includes a public policy institute, also boasts a museum where visitors can view displays of gifts from heads of state, like the sapphire and diamond necklace given to former First Lady Laura Bush from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The tour offers visitors a better understanding of the history of our country around the first eight years of the 21st century, showcasing landmark legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act, demonstrated by a school bus younger visitors can wander through. The museum touches on the most trying challenges that faced President Bush and the United States, including the events of 9/11 — a charred and twisted beam from the World Trade Center is on display — the global threat of terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the tour winds through the more difficult subjects, younger tourists can take a break in the children’s reading section. Visitors are also invited to examine the crises we faced in an interactive Decision Point Theater, where groups are presented with the same information given to the president regarding important decisions, such as the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, and encouraged to make real-time decisions. Kids will love the opportunity to explore a full-scale replica of the Oval Office without any ropes impeding their curiosity — they can even sit behind the desk. Wind down from the tour with a walk through the center’s 15-acre campus, proudly landscaped as a Texas prairie with native vegetation and grass.  

Photo Credit: The Bush Center