George Bush 41st President, 1989-1993

Birthplace, Milton, Massachusetts
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. Adams Street is named for the family of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams who once lived on the same street just a couple of miles down the road in the “Old House” in Quincy. His parents were Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. His father was an executive at U.S. Rubber and later a Wall Street investment banker and U.S. senator from Connecticut. Four other children, three sons and a daughter, were born to the Bushes. George was named after his maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker, who established the Walker Cup trophy for American and British amateur golfers.

Home, Kennebunkport, Maine
The Bush family purchased and built the family retreat and summer home at Kennebunkport, Maine in 1901. President Bush spent many presidential working vacations at this summer home. The large summer home sits on a bluff called “Walker’s Point,” overlooking the coast of Maine.

Library & Museum, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on a ninety-acre site on the West Campus of Texas A&M University. The Library and Museum is situated on a plaza adjoining the Presidential Conference Center and the Texas A&M Academic Center. It operates under the administration of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) under the provisions of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.

The archives contains over 38 million pages of personal papers and official documents from the Vice Presidency and Presidency as well as personal records from associates connected with President Bush’s public career. Records are housed in acid-free storage (Hollinger) boxes in a balanced humidity and temperature atmosphere. The archival storage area houses 13,000 cubic feet of records and the Library has a National Security vault holding 3,500 cubic feet of Presidential Records. In addition to memoranda, speeches, and reports found in the textual collection, there is an extensive audiovisual and photographic archives which includes approximately one million photographs and thousands of hours of audio and video tape.

The Library maintains a manuscript and audiovisual research room on the second floor. The archival collections can be utilized by students, scholars, authors, and journalists. Research facilities can host 20 researchers at one time.

The museum collection contains approximately 60,000 historical objects ranging from Head of State Gifts, gifts from the American people, and personally used items. The museum wing has 17,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 3,000 square feet of changing exhibit space. Permanent exhibits draw on the best of the museum collection to visually convey the essence of George Bush’s life and public service career and to illustrate historical events of this period in American history. Changing exhibits will explore topics on the Bush Administration, American history, American Presidents, etc. Of special significance is a classroom, the first of its kind in the Presidential Libraries network. The classroom may be used by student groups as a computer learning lab or as a traditional classroom.