Wilson County News
Wilson County News • 1012 C St • Floresville • TX • 78114 • Ph: 830-216-4519 • Fax: 830-393-3219 • Email:
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
Login
Not a subscriber? Click here.
Are you a WCN subscriber?
Set up your password.

 
E-Mail
Password
  Remember me
 
  Forgot password?
La Vernia News
Google
Google

Preview the Paper
Preview this week's Paper

South Texas Living

Getting to know ‘No. 41’


Getting to know ‘No. 41’
The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library is on the sprawling Texas A&M University Campus in College Station.


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
July 10, 2013
3041 views
Post a comment

By Harry & Linda Kaye Perez

Presidential Library reveals facets of George H.W. Bush and First Family

For some, summer travel plans take in a destination that is both enjoyable and educational. Here’s one recommendation.

When you think of George and Barbara Bush, I’ll bet you don’t think comedians, but they are. One exhibit, “Bushes Unplugged,” that we keep going back to at the George Bush Presidential Library is a cozy corner just beyond the First Lady’s exhibit.

Make yourself comfortable on one of the couches and enjoy a hilarious video playing on the television. It also includes Dana Carvey and some of his impersonations of “No. 41.” Believe it or not, President Bush loves being personified with a sense of humor, an attribute he often used to disarm his adversaries. He once said, “I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.”

Get started

A great way to start your tour is in the Orientation Theater; showing there is a short film every 30 minutes, focusing on George Bush, from childhood to his presidency. Now you are ready to explore the entire museum and learn about this president: His days at Yale and his courtship and marriage to Barbara; his involvement during World War II as a pilot of a 1944 TBM Avenger (a restored Avenger hangs from the ceiling in the Duty, Honor, Country section); his oil business and his public life.

He had many titles in his career, including Texas oilman, congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president, and president of the United States.

Much to discover

There is so much to take in and discover at this library: George Bush’s childhood, World War II history, growing the Bush family and his oil business, international crises, and the trials and tribulations of the presidency. Here are a few exhibits that you should not miss:

Family Traditions offers a personal glimpse of the Bush family scrapbook and Making Our Own Way features a
 restored 1947 Studebaker --identical to the one George drove to Texas in 1948. Both of these areas welcome you into the life of this family destined to be our First Family.

Duty, Honor, Country is dedicated to the history of World War II and the impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on a young George Bush. While visiting the museum, kids of all ages enjoy trying their hand at landing an Avenger aircraft on the deck of the San Jacinto on the flight simulator.

The Literacy Outlook is filled with comfortable seating and books. Mrs. Bush was a dedicated advocate for literacy around the world. This is also the place to see the video, “Bushes Unplugged.”

Berlin Wall-Age of Freedom includes a 12-foot-tall section of one of the last symbols of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain that was torn down in November 1989 during Bush’s presidency.

Genome: The Secret of How Life Works, a traveling exhibit, was on display until July 5. This mapping of the human genome project identified more than 20,000 genes in human DNA. It was an appropriate exhibit for the Bush Library, as it was President George H.W. Bush who signed into law the appropriations for this project in 1989. “Who could have foreseen how the science of imagination would become the science of the possible?”

Inside and out

When you are finished inside the museum, exit the building and walk around to your right, to a magnificent sculpture, “The Day the Wall Came Down,” depicting five horses escaping over the Berlin Wall. According to the artist, Veryl Goodnight, the horses symbolize the personal drive for freedom; they represent humanity and a victory of the human spirit. History has shown that the spirit of the free will always triumph over those who choose to trample over the weak and humble.

From here you can continue on to the fishing pond, catch and release only, and the Barbara Bush Rose Garden. This is a beautiful and tranquil place to spend a moment, or stretch out on the grassy knoll. Walk around to the other side of the pond, past the gardens, and you will find an open wrought iron gate and a bridge leading to another section. This area is the final resting place for the Bush’s daughter, Pauline “Robin” Bush, who died of leukemia just shy of her fourth birthday, and the future resting place for George and Barbara Bush.

George Herbert Walker Bush is our oldest surviving former president and remains an inspiration to all Americans. No matter what your political persuasion, a visit to this Presidential Library will be educational and memorable and will stir your imagination.

Harry and Linda Kaye Perez are freelance writers from just down the road from Floresville. Together they share a passion for traveling and writing, and discovering the very best in all corners of the world. Enjoy their “Everyday Journeys” columns in the La Vernia News. Email them at Harry-Linda411@att.net.



About the library

The George Bush Library and Museum, located on the sprawling Texas A&M University Campus in College Station, opened to the public on Nov. 7, 1997. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the preservation, research, and exhibition of official records, personal papers, and memorabilia of our 41st president.

The library is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day; more than 125,000 people visit each year.

Admission ranges from $3 to $7. Active military and immediate family members, as well as Texas A&M and Blinn College students, are admitted free. Parking is free for visitors in Lot 41.

The George Bush Presidential Library is located at 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX 77845; phone: 979-691-4000; http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

For more information about the sculpture, “The Day the Wall Came Down,” visit www.verylgoodnight.com/wall.htm.
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other South Texas Living
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Award-winning Polish music group to offer... (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Birding workshop (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Brahma Happenings (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chamber re-elects Lambeck (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Christmas banquet tickets (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Co-dependency meetings begin soon (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. CPR offers free program (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cycling For A Cause (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Homecoming is Sept. 19-20 (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Horse rescue to hold bake sale (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. John Cavin unveils inspiring new album (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. KCYY-FM Country Station of the Year (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Local clubs to host fund-raisers (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lutheran Church Sausage Dinner (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Master Gardeners to meet (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Museum board to meet third Sundays (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. New location for Relay For Life (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: Apolo Ohno trains for Ironman (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: Clooney is stirring things up (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SeaWorld offers discount to veterans (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The dreams, determination of lady cowboys (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Three women offer traditional barbering (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 20 (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Water Garden Club to meet Sept. 20 (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wiatrek gives overview of osteopenia (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘The Next Voice You Hear’ (September 17, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Armstrong, Fisher unite in double-ring ceremony (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Art League to meet (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Audition for Moscow Ballet (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival Sept. 25-27 (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal gown sale at Maison Chic (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chad Kent to speak in Floresville (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Comal Country Music Show (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Differences: Fool or Angel (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy music in the park (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy senior art show Sept. 12 (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Healthy Living: Are e-cigs really safe? (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Healthy Living: Keep kids off ‘energy’ drinks (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Learn how to plant bulbs (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Leos car wash is set for Sept. 13 (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Memories of ‘El Rey’ (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: Loren celebrated by film institute (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: ‘Vikings’ to air in 2015 (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See Larry Gatlin in Seguin (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See 'Muppets' under the stars (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sign up for Seguin parade (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sunday Dance in Geronimo (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas History Symposium set (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wildflower seminar (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wranglers compete at equestrian competition (September 10, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gearing up for Hammerfest (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Head to Elmendorf for Casino Night (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Heal the Healer event is Sept. 13 (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Join Carnaval de San Anto (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Memories of school uniforms, hairstyles (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mid-Texas Symphony opens Sept. 14 (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: Bad news for loved ones on... (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: Lopez has three films in 2015 (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Polished Edge: ‘NCIS’ finale sparks spinoff (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Raabe, Korzekwa plan fall wedding (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rose Society to meet (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rotarians to meet (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. RSVP for Stockdale’s 61st Homecoming (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rummage Sale to benefit school (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sandra Cantu benefit Sept. 7 (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Senior News Line: Computer Use Keeps Brain... (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale author Dorothy Wiley releases debut novel (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. To Your Good Health: Weight Gain Isn’t Inevitable... (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Volunteer, enjoy new trails in Helton Nature Park (September 3, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Countrymen Band’ to play in Geronimo (September 3, 2014)