In an interview with SMU Magazine and the Daily Campus student newspaper, former President George W. Bush reflects on his hopes for the library, museum and institute, and the selection of SMU as the site of the Bush Center.
How many terabytes of electronic information does the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum house? An incredible 80 terabytes! Find out more fascinating facts about the nation's 13th Presidential library here ...
Nations define themselves by what they preserve and remember. At the dedication of his presidential library on June 30, 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt observed that to maintain important presidential records and archival materials, “A Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.” Following in this tradition, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened its own doors to the nation on May 1, 2013. At SMU’s Center for Presidential History, we recognize this occasion as a great gain not only for the University but also for the city of Dallas, the nation and the world. Over the past half-century and more, presidential libraries have become our nation’s public squares beyond the confines of Washington’s beltway. They are places where great minds gather to discuss, and yes, often to debate, the central political and cultural questions of our day. As repositories of the past scattered throughout the land, they are magnets for powerful minds of all political stripes, eager to shape and to serve the nation. Presidential libraries help us bridge the gap between history and the present. The buildings and museum exhibits physically remind us that past presidents remain profoundly relevant to our lives [...]
Revisit the 1960s through the pages of SMU's alumni magazine.
Working in concert with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Sixth Floor Museum, SMU will present a series of public programs examining the legacy of President John F. Kennedy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Bob Jackson, a former SMU student (1952-57), took one of the most unforgettable images of the 20th century when he captured the moment Jack Ruby fatally shot accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
The SMU community and JFK: Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler '48 was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlins to lead a blue-ribbon panel organizing the city's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of assassination. During this milestone anniversary year, collections held by SMU's DeGolyer Library shed light on how Dallas' leaders dealt with the tragedy.
Darwin Payne ’68 was a 26-year-old staff reporter assigned to the rewrite desk of the Dallas Times Herald when he was thrust into the heart of what remains one of this country’s most painful episodes.
Numerous SMU professors and graduate students provided scientific expertise to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened in December in downtown Dallas.
Family Compass, one of the oldest child abuse prevention agencies in Dallas, is expanding its use of “Project Support,” developed by Associate Professor Renee McDonald and Professor and Chair Ernest Jouriles to reduce child abuse and neglect.