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Bush Library Hosts White House Exhibits

For Release: January 22, 2001
College Station, TX -

The White House Garden and White House Impressions: The President's House through the Eyes of the Artist will open at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum February 1, 2001. Both exhibits are organized by the White House Historical Society and have been on display at the White House and various venues throughout the country.

While the grounds of the White House are among the most photographed and visited landscapes in the world, they also serve as the first families' private backyard. So the trees and shrubs also harbor secluded tennis and basketball courts, and other diversions from the pressures of the Presidency: President Ford's swimming pool, President Eisenhower's putting green, and President and Mrs. Johnson's Children's Garden, to name a few. Nearly every president has left a mark on the living landscape of the White House as it evolved from its early days as a working farm to a battleground for the nation's growing pains to a public promenade to the symbolic media backdrop of today. The White House Garden is a collection of lush photographs, paintings and rare illustrations tracing the history and development of the White House Garden from eighty-two barren acres in 1790 to the spectacular seasonal displays of today.

White House Impressions: The President's House Through the Eyes of the Artist features the works of fourteen prominent American artists, representing the thirteen original states and the District of Columbia. Their impressions of the "President's House" are rich in detail and imagination.

The exhibits will run from February 1, 2001 through May 31, 2001. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, $3.50 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children under 16 are free. For more information call 260-9552.

Built with private donations from thousands of people from throughout the world, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum officially opened on November 7, 1997, at a ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, members of the Bush family, and distinguished guests. Since its opening, the Bush Library has hosted more than 630,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of the region.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum sits on 90 acres located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and supported in part, by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The textual and audiovisual collections of the Library make it the ideal center of study for Bush Administration scholars. Its archives include more than 38,000,000 pages of personal, Vice Presidential, and Presidential papers of George Bush; 2,000,000 photographs, 5000 video tapes, 7000 volumes of printed material and 70,000 museum artifacts.

The financial support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a model of public/private partnership. The Library is supported by the American people through federal appropriations, fees generated by admission to the Museum, and through the generosity of thousands of individuals and corporations who donate money and in-kind services to the George Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's missions.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091