The Library and Museum are part of the Bush Presidential Center which also includes a 15-acre urban park which features flora and fauna of the southern Great Plains ecosystem which surrounds Dallas and also houses the Presidential Institute with its offices for the former president and the First Lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush assisted with the design of the urban park.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is on the campus of Southern Methodist University, creating a buffer between the campus and Central Expressway. The Bush Center collaborates with Southern Methodist University to hold events, conduct research, and provide unique learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
On a gray, cold January day, the Gilmer group concentrated on the exhibits in the museum portion of the Center. Inside the presidential museum artifacts, documents, audiovisual, and interactive exhibits capture the presidency of George W. Bush. The trip was made possible by funds provided by Brent Goudarzi of the Goudarzi and Young Law Firm in Gilmer.
Students examined the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, domestic programs like No Child Left Behind, and other major events and initiatives of the Bush Administration.
The Decision Points Theater was the favorite exhibit for many of the Gilmer students. This interactive computer-based simulation allowed students to step into the presidential decision-making process.
Students also enjoyed visiting the full-size reproduction of the Oval Office and several exhibits that showed the public and private areas of the First Family’s home.
Students in attendance included Katelynn Broadway, Emily Buettner, Cara Davidson, Shaylee Fennell, Courtney Gipson, Oscar Hernandez, Rebecca Hudson, Sean Keegan, Cecily Massey, Taylor Mobley, Blake Rice, Kennedy Scott, Caleb Smith and Jeorge Weber.