A Shining Purpose
This astounding compilation of photographs and history captures 20 years of the Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in a beautiful hard-bound book.
Forward by the 41st President.
Hardcover with full-color pictures. 144 pages. Dimensions: 11" x 8.75"
From the inside cover:
"Public Service is a noble calling, and we need men and women of character to believe that they can make a difference in their communities, in their states and in their country." --George H. W. Bush, 1997
When the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1997, its namesake had a simple goal for all who would enter.
“I’d like for them to say, after looking through the museum, that they have a better understanding of the historic changes that took place during the four years I was president,” said Bush, speaking to the Bryan-College Station Eagle just before the $42 million complex opened.
That goal is more than realized by visitors who tour interactive exhibits and learn what unfolded during Bush’s presidency, when freedom-loving people in Europe tore down the Berlin Wall, sprung open borders and dislodged communist regimes.
Visitors also discover the stunning breadth of Bush’s career: The World War II hero who became a successful businessman and politician, who turned diplomat and intelligence chief, and who eventually reached the Oval Office as the nation’s 41st president.
And visitors enjoy intimate glimpses into his rich and rewarding family life, along with the keen sense of humor that he and his wife, Barbara, share.
The story of Bush’s career in public service is America’s story from World War II through the end of the Cold War and beyond.
While he was president, Bush made the decision to house his legacy on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, through, not just a library and museum, but also the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
His choice has had a sweeping impact on the Bryan-College Station community and Texas as a whole. It raised the profile of one of the country’s largest public universities and brought to the Lone Star State a stable of world leaders to lecture in classrooms and host forums.
Forums continue to bring in distinguished speakers from across the political spectrum to examine issues that matter to the United States and the world.
The connection George and Barbara Bush has made with Aggieland is expansive. At their urging, local literacy programs have grown, while the Bush center has become a destination for community gatherings, including the region’s largest Fourth of July celebration and Easter egg hunts that draw thousands of children.
"A Shining Purpose" celebrates Bush’s legacy of public service and his enduring gift to Texas A&M, College Station and all who care about the role of good government to freedom and democracy.
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