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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Insight: Presidents and Their Libraries

Insight: Presidents and Their Libraries

Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, visited the college June 14 for an open forum to discuss the process of building the newly opened library, as well as his past experience with other presidential libraries.

Lowe's experience began with the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in California, where he shared his first direct dialogue with Ronald Regan, former president. Starstruck, Lowe explained that the only sentence that came to his mind at the time was "Mr. President, would you like a cookie?"

After the Regan Library, Lowe continued to work with several presidents: from moving Bill Clinton and George H. Bush from the White House as an employee of the National Archives, to serving as director of the very first presidential library, which commemorates Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The main focus of the visit to Brookhaven College revolved around the newly opened George W. Bush Library. Lowe presented all the resources and family-friendly activities available at the library, which include more than 70 million paper records, 80 terabytes of electronic records, a decision-making theatre, and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office where photos with visitors are encouraged. Also in the museum are sections dedicated to the September 11 attacks, as well as George Bush's domestic policy while in office.

Lowe invited Brookhaven College students to take advantage of the opportunity to either intern or volunteer at the Bush Library. Several offices are open for student work, and all majors are accepted. Alan mentioned that in the near future they will market the library to the nation, so marketing majors are highly desired. To learn more about the library or student opportunities, visit www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu.