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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas Can Put Kids in a Real ‘Situation’

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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was commemorated in honor of American’s 43rd President (2001-2009) and is a testament to a legacy of strong leadership at a time of great turmoil and change. With much to teach its visitors, the facility was dedicated in 2013 in a ceremony at the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, in the presence of George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and then-President Barack Obama.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas Can Put Kids in a Real ‘Situation’

Photo: Facebook/George W. Bush Presidential Center

The library’s exhibits and displays include 43,000 artifacts, including the “Nation Under Attack” exhibit featuring steel from the World Trade Center which visitors can touch, the bullhorn which President Bush addressed the crowd with at Ground Zero, and letters which he received from the American public in the days following the attacks.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas Can Put Kids in a Real ‘Situation’

Photo: Facebook/George W. Bush Presidential Center

Close to 70 million pages of text, over 1,200 cubic feet of AV material, close to four million pictures, and 80 terabytes of data records are stored at the Library, preserving the makings of George W. Bush’s presidency from its beginnings guiding a nation under attack through its two terms of strong democracy and civic awareness. Number 13 out of the 14 presidential libraries which are administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, it’s the third for the state of Texas (which is more than any other state in America!) and is federally managed, operating independent of the university.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas Can Put Kids in a Real ‘Situation’
Photo: Facebook/George Bush Presidential Library Foundation

A unique aspect to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the educational resource which is available through the preservation of the Conference Room and Command Room at the White House which were reconstructed on site for the “Situation Room Experience” – a fully immersive role-playing simulation created in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. These rooms were preserved as a result of President George W. Bush having the White House Situation Room fully renovated and retrofitted with modern technology in 2006. The exhibit and experience helps transport students through high-stakes, fast-paced, decision-making similar to that of which a nation in crisis would undergo. The simulations are based on historical fact and having such settings as these adds the ingredient of authenticity to the mix! As one of many displays and exhibits with a depth and breadth that parallels George W. Bush’s presidency itself, a visit to the George Bush W. Presidential Library and Museum is an exciting experience for all in attendance and shares the stresses and pop culture components of his terms in office that helped mold and make the leadership what it was in the early 2000’s.

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