Bush Blog VIDEO: What Will the Bush Library Bring to SMU?

November 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed

Behind the scenes in the media tent SMU President Gerald R. Turner, President of the Bush Foundation Mark Langdale and Laura Bush’s former Chief of Staff Anita McBride weighed in on what the George W. Bush Presidential Library will bring to SMU.

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Bush Center Exhibit Opens in Meadows Museum, Builds Momentum For Library

October 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Article and Photos By Elizabeth Lowe

With 43,00 artifacts, 4 million photographs, and 70 million pages in documents, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is sure to be a historical landmark to rival in Dallas.
However, the center will not be up and running until 2013.

So why is the George W. Bush Foundation opening an exhibit on the library’s artifacts in the Meadows Museum this weekend?

Director of the George W. Bush Center Alan Lowe explained: “we really hope visitors will come to the exhibit to learn more about what we’re doing, to get a sneak peek at the artifacts, and to understand that our goal is to be a great resource for this community.”

Lowe also said that throughout the development process, the Bush Center has been identifying ways to better engage the SMU students and faculty.

At the “Breaking New Ground: Presenting the George W. Bush Presidential Center” exhibit, locals and visitors in the Dallas area can get a preview of what the Presidential Library will look like and what pieces it will house. Representatives from the Bush Foundation say it’s a way for them to raise interest and excitement for the future Center.

The exhibit in Meadows showcases pieces in an intimate space. Featured artifacts include a letter from Bono to President Bush, the pistol retrieved from Saddam Hussein during his capture, the bullhorn used by the President when he visited Ground Zero, an ensemble designed by Oscar de la Renta worn by Mrs. Bush at a White House dinner with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, plus many more.

“At the core we are about preserving and making accessible these materials and then using them to educate. We certainly hope this exhibit is part of that process,” said Lowe.

The exhibit, titled “Breaking New Ground,” also acts as a precursor to the scheduled Nov. 16 groundbreaking. This event has already stirred speculations of a large protest and many media outlets are on-call to cover whatever events may occur.

Taylor Adams of The Daily Campus asked Director Lowe his thoughts on the reaction to the November groundbreaking and possible protests.

“Our focus that day is on the groundbreaking and showing to the community what we are and what we plan on doing,” said Lowe. “We think we have a very positive story to tell here and a very important resource to provide – that’s what the day will be about for us.”

“Breaking New Ground” exhibit will be free and open to the public in the Meadows Museum from October 23, 2010 through February 6, 2011.

Campus News Blog: Bush Library Won’t Drastically Alter SMU Traffic, Consulting Firm Says

October 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Chris Dell

Extra signs and restriping an intersection.

As far as adjusting for increased traffic flow associated with the yet-to-be-built George W. Bush Presidential Library, these are the only changes SMU needs to make, according to a recent study done by a Dallas consulting firm.

This is a huge sigh of relief for the university, but University Park city officials aren’t buying it yet.

According to a recent Dallas Morning News article, the city has hired its own traffic consultant to look at the issue. DeShazo, Tang & Associates — an outside firm hired by the Bush Foundation — conducted the first study.

The 225,000-square-foot library will be located on the eastern edge of campus on the corner of SMU Boulevard and Dublin Street. Bush Foundation officials are expecting 250,000 visitors to visit the presidential center each year, with 55 percent of them arriving by car.

The foundation-hired consultants said the extra signs would discourage visitors from using residential streets to arrive at the library. Dublin Street will be repainted to allow for two northbound lanes near its intersection, which will lead to parking lot entrances. Currently, it is both a north- and southbound street.

The parking lot’s location also has been an item of contention in recent weeks, with residents on the north side of the proposed library site complaining a parking lot would create noise problems and cause traffic congestion on side streets.

Foundation officials flipped a parking lot for buses and shuttles to the south side of the library, but two public lots are still planned to be located on the north end. SMU officials have stood by the foundation’s plans.