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Bush Center opens new exhibit on First Ladies to run through Oct. 1

The Bush Center recently announced a new exhibit that will run from Mar. 1 – Oct. 1, 2018. The exhibit is First Ladies: Style of Influence, and examines how the role of the first lady has evolved over time. The exhibit also explores how first ladies have used their position to advance diplomacy and other social, cultural, and political initiatives.

The impact of first ladies, including Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Jackie Kennedy, Dolley Madison, Michelle Obama, and Eleanor Roosevelt, will be viewed through themes presented in the Bush Institute’s landmark research report, A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence and Leadership of Global First Ladies. Visitors will explore how American first ladies have served as hostess, teammate, champion, and policy advocate, all within the context of the changing American political and cultural landscape.

The exhibit will highlight every first lady from Martha Washington to Melania Trump, and feature artifacts spanning more than 200 years of White House history.

Find out more here.


Through its three Impact Centers — Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda – the Bush Center focuses on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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