George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Update

By: Brian Blake
By: Brian Blake

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Newsletter

In This Issue
Classic Film: The Jackie Robinson Story
groHome Solar House
Baseball Card Swap
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Fiesta 505
Born to Play Ball
2008 Summer Camps
Foundation Membership

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Classic Film: The Jackie Robinson Story

On Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents the classic film The Jackie Robinson Story, (1950, 76 minutes, B&W), directed by Alfred E. Green. This is the true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American major league baseball player in the 20th century. The movie highlights his struggles and his success as he paved the way for future generations. Jackie Robinson stars as himself which gives the film a more realistic feel.
Take me out to the movies is a collection of films dedicated to America's Favorite Pastime--baseball. In conjunction with the museum exhibit of the same name, we will feature an array of inspiring, humorous-and yes, even musical tales of baseball lore.

The Bush Library and the Bush Library Foundation present the Classic Film Series free of charge and invite anyone in the community to attend. Beverages are provided courtesy of Bryan Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and popcorn is available at no cost. Refreshments are available in the lobby of the Presidential Conference Center an hour before the start of each movie. Parking is free and plentiful. For more information, please call Tracy at 979-691-4014.

groHome Solar House

Beginning on April 11,

the groHome Solar House will be open for public viewing at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The groHome was created by 91 Texas A&M students under the supervision of 21 faculty and 41 support staff members for entry into the International Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. organized by the U.S. Department of Energy. This biannual competition is structured to promote scholarship and innovation in areas of manufacturing, energy management, communication, and philosophy by not only proposing, but enacting change in the way we use energy.

The Solar Decathlon asks teams to design a house which uses solar energy to power it. The Texas A&M groHome focuses on sustainability, open source systems, disaster relief, and technological growth. The groHome building system is designed to anticipate changing needs of the building owner and allow for upgrades, replacements, and enhancements. The overall goal is to optimize not only the total cost of ownership but the total cost of lifestyle. Additionally, the groHome helps prevent and reduce the effects of disaster by introducing a new economic model into the home industry. It allows homeowners to incrementally grow, take out smaller loans, and thus, all but eliminate the cost of debt. The groHome is currently being explored by the Center for Housing and Urban Development and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems for disaster deployment in

Mississippi, Florida, and Qatar.

The basic structural frame of the groHome uses high performance, light weight, industrialized elements that can be carried to a site and set up with a small crew and minimal tools. Pedestal footings elevate the house above the ground to cause minimal damage to the earth. Solar generators such as photovoltaic arrays or hot-water arrays are incorporated into groWalls and groRoofs to provide the energy needs appropriate to the lifestyle and solar resource availability. To view the groHome, please visit the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum grounds during regular visitor hours. The groHome will be on display through December 2008.

Baseball Card Swap

Calling all baseball enthusiasts! On Saturday, April 12 at 10:00am, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host its first baseball card swap. Kids of all ages are invited to dust off their baseball card collections and trade with other baseball fans. The Texas A&M Diamond Darlings will also be in attendance, and popcorn and Coca-Cola will be provided to all participants. The event is scheduled to last until 12:00pm, and no sellers will be allowed. The first 300 kids will receive a free pack of cards provided by Topps Baseball Card Company. For more information, please call Brian Blake at 979-691-4069.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit

On April 24, the Education Department of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum presents The Adventures of Peter Rabbit as told by "Miss Teresa" Maurer, our talented storyteller affiliated with The Beatrix Potter Society. Bring your camera to take photos with Peter Rabbit! This program will be offered from 10:30 am-11:30 am for Kindergarten-3rd grade in the Frymire Auditorium of the Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

Fiesta 505

The MSC Committee for the Awareness of Mexican American Culture will be hosting the 7th Annual Fiesta 505 on April 20, on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Fiesta 505 is an event that aims not only to promote an awareness of the Cinco de Mayo Mexican holiday, but also to bring student groups together with the Bryan/College Station community. This year we are seeking participation from over 20 student groups and are expecting a crowd of over 500 people.

For more information, please contact Abby Gonzalez at or 979-845-1515.

Born to Play Ball

The wait is finally over! The Born to Play Ball exhibit is now open. This exhibit is a cooperative endeavor with the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Born to Play Ball debuted in College Station, Texas on March 1 and will be displayed at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum until July 20, 2008. The exhibit will then travel to the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
At the core of Born to Play Ball is a list of fifty great players, five at every position, including groups for right and left-handed pitchers, with honorable mentions at every spot. The exhibit will also look at the Negro Leagues, Women's League, as well as Presidents and their special relationship to this most American game. The players, from all eras after 1900, were selected for a number of reasons including batting statistics, defensive records and other accomplishments. Born to Play Ball represents a love of the game by many of its fans and historians. On display are numerous artifacts, pictures, and memorabilia including Mickey Mantle's tribute Harley Davidson and the bat used by Ted Williams when he was struck out by Satchel Paige, just to name a few. This exhibit is sure to knock the ball out of the park!

When asked about the new exhibit, George Bush commented, "I am so excited that the Museum has chosen baseball as the subject of our next exhibit. It is a game that helped teach me leadership, teamwork, and perseverance which have served me well throughout my life. I hope visitors will take away a sense of the passion these men and women all share for this most American pastime."

2008 Summer Camps

Are your kids looking for some summer fun? With two interactive summer camps, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the place to be.

On June 2-5, Susan's Ballroom Dance and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum present: Be a Class Act: Etiquette and Dance Camp. Dr. Susan Quiring, Ballroom Dance and Etiquette Instructor, is offering two exciting and unique classes for students age 7-10 and 11-18. Class Act is a life skills, etiquette, and dance course designed to build character, confidence, and courtesy. Classes are 12:45-2:15pm for ages 7-10 and 2:30-4:30pm for ages 11-18. Register before May 9, 2008 to take advantage of the early bird special ($70 and $135 respectively). After May 9, prices will increase to ($80 and $150 respectively). For more information, please call Susan Quiring at 979-690-0606, or visit the website at

On June 9-July 3 and July 7-August 8, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Education Department will host the Exploring History: American Baseball camp. Campers ages 7-11 will learn about baseball history, science, and math.

The June camp will feature Texas A&M baseball and Brazos Valley Bomber player visits and many other fun activities. There are two daily sessions: 9:00-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm. Each session costs $20.

The July camp meets every weekday from 9:00-4:00pm and will feature Texas A&M baseball and Brazos Valley Bomber player visits, a picnic at the Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark, a tour of Olsen Field, a t-shirt, tickets to a Brazos Valley Bombers baseball game, a day of Junior Master Gardener activities, a 2 hr. sculpture class featuring Dmitri Koustov, plus much more. The July camp costs $150/week ($140/week for Bush Foundation members or if enrolling 2+ children). For more information, please call Monica Lerma at 979-691-4006 or visit the website at

Foundation Membership

Foundation membership has its privileges! Various membership levels are available, and all include:

Personalized membership card
Free annual admission for two adults to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
10% discount in the Library and Museum Gift Shop and Catalog
Newsletter and quarterly flyers
Additional membership levels include event invitations and special gifts and publications from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. For more information about Foundation giving and the benefits you'll receive, visit the website at

Your gift will help to continue the Library Center's mission of providing a dynamic learning environment for future generations, and you can become an integral part of a creative learning experience that documents the important events of our era.

Library Hours

The hours of the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens (62+) and active and retired military with ID, $5.00 for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $3.00; Texas A&M and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free. Audio Wands are also available for $3.00.

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