We were somewhat skeptical about this visit. These presidential “libraries”, while great repositories of presidential documents, represent not so much “libraries” to the general public (though they are libraries for the serious scholars) but rather museums devoted to the particular presidencies. This one in College Station, Texas – a part of the Texas A&M University Campus – fits the pattern. Spending a couple of nice hours in this one, however, dispelled our doubts and misgivings. The exhibits are done in a very informal yet very informative style. The attempt at each stage is to pull the visitor into the personal life story of the senior President Bush and his family and close associates. The historical facts are interwoven nicely with personal anecdotes and notes. In all the exhibits, the curators have attempted not to “awe” the visitor but rather to “involve” the visitor. Many displays have been made interactive, and even somewhat fun and humorous, thereby bringing the presidency within reach of common citizens and visitors. The Bush Library/Museum building is also housed in a very impressive structure, set in nicely landscaped grounds. The front hall of the museum is devoted to special exhibits, and when we visited
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