Presidential Libraries

May 5, 2008 at 10:52 am (Uncategorized)

While I was getting my kids acclimated to staying at their Aunt and Uncles we did a couple of fun day trips in the Houston area.  The first one was a trip to the George  Bush Presidential Library.  I LOVE Presidential Libraries!  I have been to the Eisenhower, Truman, Nixon, Reagan and Bush.  There are 7 others I have not yet made it to.  Someday I hope to have visited them all!  Whether I agree with the politics of a particular President or not there is so much fascinating History along with each of the Presidents Libraries.  I really like the personal things like the First Ladies dresses and seeing things that were given to the Presidents and First Ladies as gifts while they were in office.  Each of the Libraries seem to give an insight into the personality of the President.  The kids and I had a great time at the Bush Library. 

Here is a little of what we did.

Here are the kids outside the Library.

One thing we really enjoyed about this Library is they have gone out of their way to make it kid friendly.  When we entered each of the kids were given a clipboard with questions to answer.  Each of the answers could be found by finding the Millie Bush dogs throughout the Museum.

The kids LOVED finding Millie!

They also had a lot of hands on exhibits.  Here my little guy tried his hand at Piloting a plane during WWII.

This is Barabara Bush’s wedding dress.  So lovely!

This exhibit was really fun for the kids.  It was in the section that covered President Bush’s time in the CIA.  They had a body heat camera that was controlled by satellite where you can see yourself via the satellite.  Very interesting and kinda nervwracking!  LOL

This was just a little moving lighted logo that moved around on the floor.  My little guy thought it was SO fun to chase and jump on it.  LOL

This is an exhibit where you get to look into the windows of the White House.  You can push the buttons to look around the room and see everything from different angles.

My fellow Americans…
She needs to get a little taller before she can be President!

This was the kids room that is dedicated to literacy. They have all kinds of kids books.  (Remember, Barabara Bush’s pet project was promoting literacy.)

Here are the kids in front of the mini White House.
One of the fun things they had in the kids room was a TV running with videos the Bushes had put together.  Some of them where clips from shows they had been on like David Letterman.  Our favorite was The President and Barbara racing on Segways.  It was hysterical.  When we left I asked my oldest if he had learned anything that day.  He said "Yeah, I learned that President and Mrs. Bush are really funny!"  LOL

Here is my son in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Here he is in front of the same wall, but on the "free" side.

This was a picture of a Bible verse that was on the wall.

My daughter posing with one of the soliders in the section about Operation Desert Storm.

Just for fun! A baseball game with the President and First Lady.

It was a great "school" day!  I would rather have fun learning together seeing real pieces of History than sit in a classroom any day!

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4 Comments

  1. drewsfamilytx said,

    Are you serious? That museum is THAT kid friendly and fun?! We go through BCS all the time and have never stopped there… We will definitely have to make a point of visiting the next time.

    Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

    Marsha

  2. Dana @ School For Us said,

    Isn't this typical? We live in Houston and haven't been here… yet. I had no idea how "fun" it would be! Thanks for sharing all the photos. We'll be making this a field trip soon! And, the only presidential library we've been to so far is Truman. Maybe we need to work on visiting more of them…
    Dana, http://www.alexml.blogspot.com

  3. jen at http://homeschoolingjourney.wordpress.com said,

    what a very interesting place

  4. Anonymous said,

    That's very neat. I have never visited a Presidential museum even though we live less than two hours away from Woodrow Wilson's Presidential museum.

    Melissa
    http://www.melissaomarkham.com

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