2017 Reading Discovery Program and Videoconference honoring First Lady Barbara Bush

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center and Online Learning
K-12 Education, Livestream

Join first son Neil Bush; Susan Donius, Director of Presidential Libraries; and Patrick Vennebush, Director of Learning Strategies at Discovery Education, for the 2017 Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program: Thursday, January 26, 10-11:15 a.m. CST. for this unique online program. Make your free reservations at  

Celebrate the official launch of “White House Dinner Dash,” the 2017 free interactive learning game app! Available on Apple (IPhone/IPad), Google Play (Android/tablet), and online at Learn about the value of personal diplomacy. Join an exciting global learning experience!

Please send 3-5 questions by January 12 to ask:
 -Neil Bush (life with President and Mrs. Bush/ White House/literacy advocacy)
 -Susan Donius (Presidential Libraries and Museums; diplomacy in history)
 -Patrick Vennebush (Learning Games and Technology)

FREE. For grades 3-8.


For more information email or call (979) 691-4006.

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"We Can't Forget: Vietnam"

6:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
Evening, Films, Lectures & Discussions, Members, Special Events

Join us on Thursday, February 9, for an in-depth look into the lives of some incredible people: Vietnam Veterans.

They were barely old enough to vote, but they faced death at an age when their adult lives were just beginning, and the experience changed them all.

It’s been just over 50 years since the decision to send U.S. combat troops to Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands served. More than 58,000 didn’t come home – 3,415 of them from Texas, whose losses were third only to New York and California.

The rest, some haunted by memories of dying buddies and bloody battles, came home to angry protests, a silent majority that refused to speak up, and the broken promises of a country that seemed determined to forget the divisive war.

Veteran KWTX-TX producers, photojournalists and editors Jim Peeler and Don Smith, spent months gathering their stories for the award-winning documentary, “We Can’t Forget: Vietnam”

From a distance of five decades, the veterans they interviewed speak candidly and frankly, some for the first time, about their experiences both during and after the conflict. Their raw, unvarnished memories reveal just how deeply the experience affected them.

They say that while they might not have been members of the Greatest Generation, they are the greatest members of their generation. But they say their sacrifices have gone unacknowledged, the good deeds of most tainted by the bad deeds of a few.

Following the documentary will be a panel discussion featuring Joe Galloway, newspaper correspondent as moderator; General Barry McCaffrey, US Army (Ret); Lieutenant General Paul (Butch) Funk, US Army (Ret); and David Burnett, photojournalist. (For more information about the panelists, please click on the "Read More" link below.) These men experienced first-hand the inexplicable horrors of combat and the unflappable strength of camaraderie, unmitigated hatred and unwavering patriotism, crippling fear and absolute heroism.

This is a story that must be heard, but has been kept quiet for decades.

On February 9, through documentary and discussion, we can help ensure that Vietnam will not be forgotten.

This program is free but reservations are required. If you would like to attend, simply register via the link below, or email or call 979-691-4014.

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

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
Family Friendly, K-12 Education, Livestream

Who was First Lady Barbara Bush’s surprise four legged swimming companion? And why were there alligators in the East Room? Answers in an entertaining and informative hour with White House History expert Thomas Borcher.

FREE. For grades 3-8.

Due to limited seating in the onsite program, reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information email or call (979) 691-4006.


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Presidents Day with Kate Andersen Brower

7 p.m.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Orientation Theater
Author Events & Book Signings, Evening, Holiday, Lectures & Discussions, Special Events

This Presidents Day, we are going to explore the lives of some of the people who surround the President of the United States: the first lady who has stood by his side and the countless people who work to keep the White House running. Join us as we welcome Kate Andersen Brower, New York Times bestselling author of The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House and First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.

Each of these books explores a different aspect of the public and private world of the White House. In her book THE RESIDENCE she interviewed scores of former maids, butlers, cooks, and ushers who worked at the White House and who see sides of the first family no one else ever glimpses. THE RESIDENCE marks the first time that so many have shared what it’s like to devote their lives to caring for the first family. In FIRST WOMEN Brower used interviews with three former first ladies, along with the children, friends, and social secretaries of the modern first ladies to explore one of the most under-estimated and challenging jobs in the world. From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama she considered the first lady's intimidating job assignment: to be an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; to be a savvy politician skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; and to be a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny.

A reception with a book sale and signing will follow. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. To ensure your seat, please register via the link below. For more information, please call 979-691-4014 or email 

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College Station Easter Celebration

9:30 a.m. to Noon
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Family Friendly, Holiday, Special Events

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:30 a.m to noon

The College Station Easter Celebration will be held April 8, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Activities will include games, face painting, an Easter egg hunt (starting promptly at 10:00), egg roll, egg toss, complimentary refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Specially designed wooden White House-style Easter Eggs are given to the children. Local merchants contribute prizes to give away, and a boy's and a girl's bicycle and helmet will be awarded in each of the three age categories: 3 and under, 4-5 and 6-7. Parents must register their children and be present at the stage to win*.

*Registration is not required to attend and participate in the Easter Celebration, only if you wish your child to be eligible for the door prizes.

Barbara Bush Drive will be closed to traffic before and during the event. Participants should access the museum via Research Drive, Discovery Drive or John Kimbrough Blvd. FREE parking will be available in the museum parking lot (PA 43) and Bush School lot (PA 111), and in gravel Fan Field lot on Research Parkway. Handicapped parking will be available in the museum parking lot (PA 41).

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Adventures of Peter Rabbit

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. CDT
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center and Online Learning
K-12 Education, Livestream

Listen to the exciting stories told by "Miss Teresa" Maurer, 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!

 Please bring your camera for fun photos and group photos after the program with a famous rabbit!

FREE. For grades K-3.

For more information email or call (979) 691-4006.

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Hank the Cowdog's Ranching Life and Livestock

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
K-12 Education, Livestream

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!

FREE. For grades Pre K-5. 

For more information email or call (979) 691-4006.

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