Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2017

5:30 p.m.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Evening, Family Friendly, Holiday, Special Events

Join us on Thursday, November 30, as we light the George Bush Presidential Library Center's Community Christmas Tree! Modeled after the tree lighting ceremony that takes place annually on the White House grounds, the ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include musical entertainment and celebrity guest tree lighters. The ceremony will take place outside, and a reception will follow inside.

Throughout the month, we encourage people to take their family pictures in front of the beautifully decorated, beautifully lit tree.

For more information call (979) 691-4014 or email

Be sure to stay and join us for the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours in the rotunda. This is an excellent networking opportunity and chance to find out how the Chamber can help you and your business.

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Holidays in the Rotunda

10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Rotunda and Classroom
Family Friendly, Holiday, Special Events

Get into the holiday spirit with our annual Holidays in the Rotunda celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Bush Library and Museum! This free event takes place in front of the museum's magnificently decorated 19-foot Christmas tree in the rotunda, and live entertainment and Santa's workshop will get you in the yuletide spirit. Children will be able to make holiday ornaments in the classroom, while a variety of entertainers will keep things festive in the rotunda. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and punch served during the activities. Bring your camera to have your child's picture taken with Santa! 

The museum store will also be open during this event. Stop by and purchase the new 2017 Bush Presidential Library Christmas Tree ornament.

For more information call (979) 691-4014, or email to

The event in the rotunda is free, however regular prices apply for admission to the museum.

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Library Issues Forum: "Watt Matthews of Lambshead"

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

Join us on Tuesday, December 5, as we welcome photographer and author Laura Wilson to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum as she discusses her book “Watt Matthews of Lambshead.” Originally published in 1989, Wilson’s award winning photographic essay focuses on ninety-year-old Watt Matthews, manager and vital force behind the historic Lambshead Ranch. A 50,000-acre tract thirteen miles north of Albany, Texas, Lambshead is known for quality Hereford cattle, preservation of native wildlife, and restoration of the historic Matthews-Reynolds family ranch homes. Watt was the ninth and last child of pioneering parents who had established ranch on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos in 1858, and, in the words of historian David McCullough, "created a family kingdom so large and still so true to its traditional way of life that visitors sometimes have to remind themselves that it is all real." Except for four years at Princeton, Watt spent his entire life on his family's ranch, which had remained its own separate world into the late twentieth century. Those days are beautifully chronicled in Wilson's book, which was described in The New York Times as “...a classic of Texas History.”

In the latest edition of the book, Wilson brings the story of Lambshead Ranch up to the present by writing of Watt's funeral and what has happened to the ranch since his death in 1997. A new foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator emeritus of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, puts the book in the context of Wilson’s career as one of the most notable photographers of the contemporary American West.

Laura Wilson is a Dallas-based photographer and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and British Vogue.

The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. A reception and book sale and signing will follow. For more information, contact or 979-691-4014.

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Original

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

Bringing to life Dr. Benjamin Franklin, GregRobin Smith leads an unforgettably enriching visit to Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the life of this innovative, gregarious, original American. 

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) 691-4007. 

Online Program Download pdf