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George W. Bush Presidential Center Launches New Public Programming in 2015

February 9, 2015

DALLAS, Texas

The George W. Bush Presidential Center today announced its expanded plans to present compelling public programming in 2015, which include two special exhibits and the inaugural line-up for its new ENGAGE at the Bush Center series.

ENGAGE at the Bush Center

ENGAGE, the first public programming series from the Bush Center, will host authors and innovators for on-stage conversations about leadership and contemporary topics. In its initial year, speakers will include President George W. Bush, former Congressmen Martin Frost and Tom Davis, Secretary Hank Paulson, and Dana Perino, among others.

“Now that the Bush Center has had its doors open for more than a year, we are looking forward to bringing even more thoughtful and innovative programming to the community,” said Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “The Bush Center routinely hosts some of the world’s top luminaries; ENGAGE at the Bush Center will allow us to share these great speakers with the community and give them a new way to experience the Center and our work.”

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, daughters of President and Mrs. Bush, will serve as ambassadors for ENGAGE at the Bush Center.  ENGAGE also includes special programming designed for Dallas’s next generation of leaders through The 43 Club. The 43 Club will offer a handful of premium events and experiences especially for the city’s young professionals.  Jenna and Barbara will provide guidance in developing ENGAGE programs and chair The 43 Club’s Advisory Council.

Tickets for all ENGAGE events will be made available first to Bush Center members, and then to the public as space permits. Select events will be presented in partnership with organizations including the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, among others. To learn more about ENGAGE and become a member, visit: www.bushcenter.org/engage.  

Special Exhibits

In 2015 visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will have the chance to explore two special exhibits: Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime and A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003.

Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime will celebrate the sport’s role in American history. Open to the public beginning March 21, 2015, the exhibit explores the relationship between U.S. Presidents and the game of baseball – from its inception to present day.

Highlights include President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “green light letter” that called for baseball to continue during World War II, Babe Ruth’s leather satchel, and a closer look at one of the sport’s most storied traditions – the Presidential first pitch. Since President William Howard Taft introduced the tradition in 1910, nearly every subsequent President has taken the mound and followed his example. 

A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003, opening November 23, 2015, is the third in a series of exhibits that celebrate the holidays at the Bush Center. In 2003, the White House Christmas theme combined the wonder of the season with the magic of the classic children’s stories that have captured America’s hearts and shaped its culture. Among the exhibit’s attractions will be a number of the hand-crafted decorations depicting beloved storybook characters that were displayed throughout the White House. 

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About the Bush Center:

Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.