April 25, 2013 was a momentous day for the state of Texas and the city of Dallas. Local, national, and foreign political leaders from all over the world came together to celebrate the opening of the President George W. Bush Library on Southern Methodist University’s campus. Along with the multitude of dignitaries all five living presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and President Barak Obama appeared side-by-side showing strong support for George and Laura Bush. The last time all five living presidents converged was in 2009 at President Obama’s inauguration.
A presidential library is a museum designed to preserve artifacts, documents, records, and other historical materials from an American presidents tenure. There are a total of 13 presidential libraries located all around the United States and the Lone Star State is home to three of them. That makes Texas the state with most presidential libraries. Giddy up!
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library: Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential library is located on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The library was dedicated on May 22, 1971. LBJ and then President Richard Nixon were in attendance to commemorate the new museum. The LBJ presidential library has a 7/8th scale replica of the Oval Office as it was decorated during Johnson’s presidency.
- George H.W. Bush Library: The George H.W. Bush presidential library can be found in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A & M. President Bush’s (41) library was opened on November 6, 1997. The Bush (41) library contains more than 44 million pages of personal writings and official documents from his single term as president.
- George W. Bush Library: The George W. Bush presidential library sits on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas. The building was dedicated on April 25, 2013 with more pomp and prestige than the previous two combined. Bush’s (43) library is the second largest presidential library only behind Ronald Reagan’s library in Simi Valley, California.
On your next road trip take your family to visit all three presidential libraries in Texas. You could see them in historical order starting with LBJ’s library in Austin, TX. This fun and educational vacation would show your children how influential Texas really is in national politics, giving them another reason to be proud to be a Texan.
Before you leave on your road trip stock up on snacks for the car ride like our We’re Nuts for You Texas Snack Mix. This yummy snack bag will keep your kids satisfied as you make that long trip between College Station and Dallas. Happy travels!