Why & How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Why & How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library of George H. W. Bush, which is situated in a 90-acre(360,000 m2) area at the West Campus of Texas A&M University, formerly known as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. So why is the Bush library at Texas A&M university? When Goerge H.W. Bush was elected as 41st President of United States Of America in 1989, he was approached by Michel T. Halbouty, a former student at Texas A&M and Oil businessman, who was also a friend of Bush approached the first time with the idea to make his Presidential Library at Texas A&M.

Why & How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Why & How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Inside view of the library: How Texas A&M Became Home To The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Texas A&M University and the twin cities of Bryan and College Station made complete efforts to convince H.W. Bush that A&M would be the ideal place to President Bush Library & Museum. Even College Station city renamed its Jersey Street to Goerge Bush Drive in the same year, 1989. After taking a long time, Bush informed Ross Margraves Jr., former chairman of Texas A&M Board of Regents, to give the good news that A&M would be the to his presidential library.

Research Park on West Campus was selected as the appropriate location for the new department of A&M University. According to November 1997 Eagle article, in the period of 5 years $85 million was raised for the Manhattan Construction Company of Houston to build three buildings, the Bush Library and Museum, an academic building, and Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The fundraising goal was achieved 8 months in advance of the targeted date. Even the Japan, Kuwait, and Sudan contributed more than $1 million each in the campaign.

The Annenberg Presidential Conference Center houses two auditoriums, one international center, and offices. There is also an apartment for George and Barbara Bush for their visiting stay.

The goal of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M was to preserve and make available to those who want to do research on official records, artifacts, and personal papers of President George H.W. Bush, to understand the historical experience of America, to support democracy and to promote civic education.

In January 1993, while he was leaving office, after a lot of efforts by administrators at President’s office the first batch of documents and artifacts related to Bush’s life and political career arrived at A&M from Washington DC. The collection included 38 million documents, more than a million photos, audio recordings, and videos. The data was settled in the library but was not made public until January 1998 as per the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which prohibits any such documents from being made public until 5 years after the president leaves office.

In the early period of his retirement, Bush was closely taking care of the planning & construction of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. A staggering ceremony took place on November 30, 1994, with former President Bush and his family. The facility construction work was completed and opened to the public in fall 1997.

Former President George H. W. Bush, his wife, and family were present at the opening ceremony. All the living presidents at the time and their wives also attended the ceremony.

Currently, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is maintaining the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station. NARA administers other 12 such libraries under complete non-acidic and non-humid environment. They closed the main permanent section of the library for renovation work of $8.3 million in 2007.

Former President Goerge H.W. Bush’s daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia at age 3 in 1953, was re-buried on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 2000.

Update (22.04.2018): On Saturday, former First Lady Barbara Bush, after she died at the age 92 was buried near her beloved daughter Robin.

So this is how Texas A&M became home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, if you have any more questions please do leave them in the comment section!

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