Inside The Bush Center

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

It was a unique moment in history today as our five living presidents came together at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They were there for the dedication of George W. Bush’s Presidential Center. The ceremony marked by mutual respect and a couple of presidential one-liners.

BJ Austin / KERA News

On the sidewalk across Central Expressway from the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication, some 200 protesters rallied.

Dane Walters / KERA News

The live stream of the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication has ended. We'll post archival video as soon as it is available.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

“Inside the Bush Center” is a half-hour preview of Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication. Hosted by Shelley Kofler, guests include Bush Library and Museum Director Alan Lowe and former Undersecretary of State and Bush adviser Karen Hughes. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Two of the biggest names in the 2016 presidential derby are in Dallas today: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of the ex-president, talked with the Dallas World Affairs Council. And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and first lady, will speak to a closed meeting of housing executives tonight.

You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.

One of the attractions of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points Theater, an interactive experience. The venue allows visitors to participate in a simplified simulation of the presidential decision-making process.

Lauren Silverman

Almost three years after groundbreaking, and a few hundred million dollars later, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is finally complete. It’s full of artifacts – such as gifts from foreign leaders, Bush’s cowboy boots and baseball collection -- but the main attractions are interactive and high-tech.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

This is an installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

After Thursday, Southern Methodist University will never be the same.  That’s because George W. Bush will dedicate his presidential library and museum built at the edge of the campus. To get an idea of how the Bush Center may affect North Texas in years to come, we visited Little Rock, Ark., where President Bill Clinton’s library opened nine years ago.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Security for Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremonies at SMU, and appearances by the five living presidents, will see street closures around campus, in downtown Dallas, and North Oak Cliff. 

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

This is the third installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

The new George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas has thousands of artifacts on display. But it also has the largest collection of electronic records of any presidential library. That means hours and hours of video, 4 million photographs and 200 million emails. 

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