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Founders’ Day: Writing A New Chapter In SMU History

The 43rd president of the United States was the surprise guest of honor at a colorful, music-filled, ceremony welcoming the George W. Bush Presidential Center to campus on Founders’ Day April 19. More than 3,000 SMU alumni, students, faculty and staff applauded as Bush walked down the steps of Dallas Hall to the speaker’s platform.

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George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Attracts World Attention

History marched onto the SMU state April 25, 2013. It came in the form of five presidents, including President Barack Obama. It was the first gathering of the so-called President’s Club in several years, bringing together Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the center of their attention and expressed admiration on this day. They came to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Center, housing the first presidential library and museum of the 21st century, the first such facility of the social media age, and the third to be located in Texas.

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George W. Bush Presidential Center: SMU Alumni

SMU’s quest for the George W. Bush Presidential Center began in December 2000, when the Board of Trustees appointed a steering committee including Turner, trustees Ray L. Hunt ’65 and Jeanne L. Phillips ’76, and the late Fred Meyer, former chair of the Texas Republican Party. Trustee and attorney Mike Boone ’63, ’67 later joined the steering committee to help guide legal negotiations once SMU was selected.

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A President’s Perspective

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.

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The Presidential Library And Museum By The Numbers

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 …

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George W. Bush Presidential Library And Museum: Shaping History

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

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SMU Joins Commemoration Of 50th Anniversary Of Assassination

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.

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Photographer’s Pulitzer-Winning Photo Now At SMU

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.

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SMU Community Plays Vital Role In JFK Commemoration

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.

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Remembering JFK: Darwin Payne

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.

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