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George H W Bush Talks about his Presidential Library

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is dedicated to preserving and making available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism. We accomplish this mission by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings.


The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum informs and enriches learning for all ages about U.S. history, the role of the presidency with special focus on the administration of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and enhances the learning environment through the support of literacy and education programs.


Important Connection Information

Distance learning programs are offered through videoconference, live stream or recorded for playback anytime throughout the school year.


Selected videoconference sites get face-to-face question and answer time with the presenter. Please submit up to three questions to Dr. Shirley Hammond, Director of Education or by phone at (979) 691-4013 two weeks prior to the event. We highly encourage YOU to submit questions as soon as you register for an event.


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Texas A&M University Chemistry Road Show

Grades: 1-12

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Chemistry contributes to medical education and is the foundation for scientific research. Chemistry is the key to life. Learn more about how research depends on chemistry. Join us to ignite imaginations using chemistry in exciting and educational demonstrations with fire, explosions, weird polymers, and super cold materials! It is presented by Dr. Jim Pennington of the Texas A&M University Chemistry Road Show.

President Bush 41's Leadership: Six Presidential Roles

Grades: 8-12

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Join Dr. Charles Hermann, Dean Emeritus, to learn about the six presidential roles through an interactive program. The program will include student examples given of President Bush 41's leadership. This exciting way to understand how a president fulfills the duties of the job is timely as a new administration will start soon. How does a president decide what tasks to do? Currently Dr. Hermann is Professor and Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy Studies at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.

Humorous Poetry

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Wayne Edwards is a comic poet who brings his humorous poetry to life. Through discussion of the three R's of rhyming verse - Rhyme, Rhythm, and Repetition - he helps inspire interest in both reading poetry for pleasure and writing one's own as a form of art. His humorous illustrations of poems engage and delight all ages. Join us for laughter and enjoyment of poetry! It will inspire creating poems (www.familypoet.com). Colonel Edwards will also be presenting his NEW poetry from his book, No Vacancy!

An Original American-Benjamin Franklin

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Meet Ben Franklin - Printer, Scientist, Inventor, Civic Leader, Statesman, Diplomat, Abolitionist, Philosopher, AND Essayist. Bush 41 is the place to be to help Dr. Franklin fly his famous kite. An action-packed interactive one hour event exploring America in the 1700's - live the times of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. As a Scientist, Ben opened the way for new technology. He engineered many inventions, such as: swim fins, the odometer, bifocals, and the lightening rod. When you do the math and add up his contributions, it equals a new nation - a republic- these United States of America. A place for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This program does more than just meet the curriculum standards. Yes, it engages the use of STEM related materials. Presented by Greg Robin Smith, as Ben Franklin, your "key" to living history and applied heritage.

Holiday Gift of AESOP Storytelling

Grades: PreK-2

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Join us for an educational program featuring Barbara Hailey, professional storyteller and author. This instructive curriculum is sure to inspire hearts and minds during the holiday season. Through her storytelling she provides an underdog success story to develop self-esteem, and excitement for accomplishing goals and dreams! This is an interactive and enlightening program that helps develop communication skills. Students are motivated to feel comfortable expressing their feelings and providing joy to all of those around them.

2017 Reading Discovery Honoring First Lady Barbara Bush

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Join Neil Bush, presidential son, Susan Donius, Director of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives, and Patrick Vennebush, Director of Learning Strategies at Discovery Education in a Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program. Celebrate the launch of “White House Dinner Dash,” the 2017 free interactive learning game app! Available on Apple or Google Play and online at www.whitehousedinnerdash.com. Learn about the value of friendship and personal diplomacy.

Celebrate Presidents Day: More Tails and Tales from the White House of President Bush and Others

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Is the White House a grand palace as George Washington wanted? Hear how President Bush 41 and other United States Presidents were at home in the White House! Although it is one of most photographed homes in the world, most people know little about life inside the four walls. Which President entirely gutted and replaced the interior of the house? Who was First Lady Barbara Bush’s surprise four legged swimming companion? And why were there alligators in the East Room? Spend an entertaining and informative hour with White House History expert, Tom Borcher, and you may learn the answers to some of these questions!

Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends

Grades: K-3

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Listen to the exciting stories and adventures of Peter Rabbit told by “Miss Teresa” Mauer, a talented storyteller affiliated with The Beatrix Potter Society. The stories are about Peter Rabbit and his adventures with his famous cousin, Benjamin Bunny. An added treat will be a story about Mr. Jeremy Fisher. Peter Rabbit will be on-stage, too!

Musical Storytelling: President and Mrs. Bush's White House

Grades: K-3

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


This program features presenter and singer Bobbee Pennington, a song writer and a Youth Services Librarian at the Clara Mounce Public Library in Bryan, Texas. Highlights from President Bush's childhood and youth will inspire students to consider how to grow up to be president or how to be the best citizen possible. The stories and songs enhance the theme of character development. Joining together in music, movement and folktales "with a twist" will also help to meet several curriculum standards for grades K-3.

Hank the Cowdog's Ranching Life and Livestock

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hour


Join us as Hank the Cowdog, the Head of Ranch Security, teaches in a fun way about the ranching animals! Learn how cows digest grass, how to choose the right breed of cattle, and what to do in different weather with your cattle. Hank’s author John Erickson will sing songs accompanying himself on the banjo and read from various books using the voices of the characters. Reading is exciting with Hank the Cowdog stories! Join us on this ranching life adventure!

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