News from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

By: Bush Library Press Release
By: Bush Library Press Release

National Issues Forum Series

This year, for the first time in history, all of the presidential libraries are cooperating to hold deliberative forums on several key issues facing the nation in the upcoming presidential elections. Each library will have a forum on health care, along with two other topics that the libraries feel are particularly relevant to residents in their areas, such as race relations, energy, or immigration.

In collaboration with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host a series of discussions on public policy issues between Labor Day and Election Day this fall. All forums are open to the public and will be held in the Classroom of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

Forums will be held:

September 9, 2008
The Energy Crisis: Choices for an Uncertain
7:00 p.m.

September 23, 2008

Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How
Do We Pay for What We Need?
7:00 p.m.

October 7, 2008

Too Many Children Left Behind: How Do
We Close the Gap?
7:00 p.m.

These forums are nonpartisan and are not formatted like typical political debates. Rather, they will be more like public discussions, giving citizens a chance to explore the costs and benefits of proposed courses of action. "Participants in a forum," NIFI chairman William Winter, said "deliberate with one another eye-to-eye, face-to-face, exploring options, weighing others' views, considering the costs and consequences of public policy decisions. In a democracy, citizens have a responsibility to make choices about how to solve problems and forums help enrich participants' thinking on public issues. By offering citizens a framework for deliberative forums, NIFI helps the public take an active role in acting on public issues."

The deliberative forums convened by the presidential libraries this fall should be rich with opportunities to hear the public voice that emerges when people talk through difficult issues.

Classic Film: The Philadelphia Story
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum continues its Cosmic Comedies Film Series lineup with The Philadelphia Story (1940) on Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the Orientation Theater of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

This classic film, starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, is a drama centered around love. After getting a divorce from C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to marry again. However, in the days before her wedding, Gaven, a reporter posing as her brother's friend, shows up at her doorstep. From there, Tracy is forced to choose among her past love, present love, and her new love.

Cosmic Comedies is a collection of classic films that will feature the genres of comedy and science fiction. This classic film series is provided in conjunction with the Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission exhibit which opens on September 19.

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.

Countdown begins...

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, will tell the story of America's exploration into the final frontier. The LBJ Library will begin with man's fascination with the heavens through the first walk on the moon.

The George Bush Presidential Library continues the story with the end of Apollo, Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Large scale models, original shuttle equipment, a shuttle simulator, and interactive programs are just a few of the spectacular items to be displayed. This exhibit opens on September 19, 2008 and runs through August 23, 2009.

The third part of the story, which will explore what's next for the future of NASA, will take place at Space Center Houston.

The countdown begins...!

groHome Solar House

The groHome Solar House is finally open for public viewing on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The Solar House will be open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The groHome was created by approximately 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 bi-annual 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 Texas A&M groHome focuses on sustainability, open source systems, disaster relief, and technological growth. The Solar Decathlon asks teams to design a house which uses solar energy to power it. 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 and take out smaller loans, which all but eliminates 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.

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

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 aboutgiving to the Foundation 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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