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Bush Library Opens Portrait Exhibit

For Release: June 4, 2001
College Station, TX -

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened a new portrait exhibit today. American Presidents: Life Portraits is sponsored by C-SPAN and the White House Historical Association. This exhibit features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, Chas Fagan. Accompanying the portraits are biographical sketches of the 43 presidents along with photographs and prints capturing each president's time in the White House. These photographs often show the presidents in candid moments with their families.

As an ongoing commitment to historical programming, C-SPAN created American Presidents: Life Portraits. This exhibit is an extension of the 1999 series that explored the personal lives of each president. "This exhibit allows us to share another aspect of what we've learned from our presidential television series. In our nation's history, only 43 men have made it to the White House. By learning more about them, we learn more about our collective selves," explains C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb.

The exhibit debuted in Washington DC, in September 1999. As a new administration unfolds, the exhibit continues providing a historical perspective on the presidency at venues across the country. During Campaign 2000, American Presidents: Life Portraits visited Manchester for the New Hampshire primary, Philadelphia and Los Angeles for the Republican and Democratic conventions, St. Louis for the third presidential debate and other sites around the country. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be first location to exhibit Mr. Fagan's most recent Presidential Portrait, "George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States."

The exhibit will run from June 4, 2001 through August 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 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 675,000 visitors, making it one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

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 is supported in part by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The Library's textual and audiovisual collections 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, 5,000 video tapes, 7,000 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 Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's mission.

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