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News From the George Bush Presidential Library

By: Brian Blake
By: Brian Blake

Happy Birthday Pres. & Mrs. Bush!

Although former President Bush has spent past birthdays jumping from a plane 12,000 feet above the museum, this year the former President and Mrs. Bush are keeping things low profile by celebrating their birthdays with family and friends. Mrs. Bush's 83rd birthday is June 8, and President Bush's 84th birthday is June 12.

Museum visitors can join the celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 in honoring both of the Bushes' birthdays with cake, ice cream, and refreshments in the rotunda. Also, people from all over the U.S. and the world are invited to send President and Mrs. Bush birthday greetings through the Museum's website at http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu. Please join us for this memorable occasion!

Classic Film: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
On Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m., the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents the classic film Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949, 93 minutes, color), directed by Busby Berkeley. The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns outs to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. Starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

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 in the hour preceding the start of each movie. Parking is free and plentiful. For more information, please call Tracy at (979)691-4014.

Baseball Card Swap Saturdays
Calling all baseball enthusiasts! On Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m., the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host its final baseball card swap.

Kids of all ages are invited to dust off their baseball card collections and trade with other baseball fans. Kids wearing their Little League uniforms will be admitted for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Additionally, popcorn and Coca-Cola will be provided to all participants. Also, the first 300 fans will receive a pack of baseball cards from Topps and UpperDeck. The event is scheduled to last until 12:00 p.m., and no sellers will be allowed. For more information, please call Brian Blake at 691-4069.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Born to Play Ball exhibit which is on display until July 20, 2008.

Freedom's Legacy: Drumbeats of African American Heritage Annual Juneteenth Celebration
On June 19, the Education Department of the George Bush Presidential Library in conjunction with the Lincoln Recreation Center and the Brazos Valley African American Museum will present Freedom's Legacy: Drumbeats of African American Heritage Annual Juneteenth Celebration.

The Annual Freedom Walk will depart from the Lincoln Center at 9:00 a.m. en route to the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum. A free storytelling celebration will be open to the public from 10:30-11:30 a.m. featuring Elizabeth Kahura, Storyteller and Educator. This is a free community concert. For concert reservations, call (979) 691-4006 or bush.education@nara.gov.

From 9:00-3:00 p.m., an Educator's Seminar will be offered for $35.00 with pre-registration or $40.00 onsite registration. This seminar will feature Dr. Evan Park-Stephen a professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Rachel Day. Registration fees include lunch. Additionally, continuing education credit will be available for the seminar. For more information about the Educator's Seminar, please contact Dr. Shirley Hammond at (979) 691-4013.

Bolivian Rock Art

The Bolivian Rock Art Research Society will present a brown bag lunch seminar on June 20 at 12 p.m. in the auditorium of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum . It is $5.00 for a box lunch, however if you bring your own lunch, the seminar is free to the public.

More than 1,000 sites with petroglyphs and rock paintings have been registered by the Bolivian Rock Art Research Society, SIARB. Matthias Strecker, Secretary and Editor of SIARB will provide an introduction on the subject discussing distribution and characteristics of sites, chronology, site inventory, and conservation projects conducted by SIARB with local administration and communities. For reservations and to find out more information, please call (979) 691-4006.

2008 Summer Camps

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

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: 9:00-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Each session costs $20.

The July camp meets every weekday from 9:00-4:00 p.m. 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 hour 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 http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

Supporting the Troops Focus Exhibit

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the troops serving in Iraq and to the band dedicated to "bringing a little bit of home to a place that's so far from it". This special exhibit features a Takamine guitar autographed by military personnel, personal photographs, and memorabilia given to the band by service members during a recent concert tour in Iraq.

In September 2007, Granger Smith and his band were allowed to travel to

Iraq to entertain troops at nine bases. According to Smith, one soldier's request left a lasting impression on him. The soldier clasped his hand and pulled him close and said, "Don't forget about us over here! Tell everyone our story". Smith is doing just that through this exhibit and by making a return trip later this month, following a performance at the White House on the eve of their departure. Band members include: Greg Phelps, Granger Smith, Manny Lopez, Chad Jeffers, and Michael Holleman.

Granger Smith graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2006. During his freshman year, he was in the Corps of Cadets Company E-2, while completing his first album with ten original tunes entitled, "Waiting on Forever." Juggling school, songwriting, local radio performances, and a growing live schedule, Granger signed a contract with the prestigious EMI Music Publishing and agreed to move with them to Nashville, TN. After four years in Nashville, and as he continued to grow with his music, he was able to take what the time had taught him and headquarter his career back in his home state of Texas. Granger's music has a flair that traditionalists flock to; its simple sophistication makes it appealing to the masses as well. Through the simple honesty of his lyrics and melodies, combined with his undeniable charisma and quiet charm, Granger is poised to carry on his own musical legacy.

Please join us for the special exhibit as we remember our troops and the band that is entertaining them. The exhibit will run from now until the end of July in the Museum's Rotunda.

Born to Play Ball

The Born to Play Ball exhibit is currently on display until July 20, 2008 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This exhibit is a cooperative endeavor with the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Following its tenure at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 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 also looks 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."

IPOD Downloads
Experience the Museum in a whole new way! You can now download the Museum's guided tour narrated by President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and their daughter, Doro on your IPOD. For more information, please visit http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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 http://www.georgebushfoundation.org.

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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