Bush 41 Library Renovation Gets a Prize

Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, will present the team with an award.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Photos courtesy of the George Bush Library and Museum

We've got the scoop on a big award for the folks who just renovated the George Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M.

Our Suzi Parker reports that on Thursday, Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, will present staff members from the facility with the prestigious Archivist Award for their work on the redesign of the museum during the annual State of the Archives ceremony. The library had a grand reopening last November.

According to a release going out tomorrow: The library's redesign project took over two years and cost $8.5 million. Museum staffers worked with a team of designers, writers, and technology experts from Universal Exhibits in California to make the new designs a reality.

Fabrication was done in California, and the exhibits were then disassembled, transported by truck, and reassembled in the museum.

"I am very proud of the George Bush Library and Museum team who will be honored this week in Washington. Barbara and I were thrilled with the re-design, and it's nice to know that their hard work and creativity are being recognized by Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States. The new interactive exhibits allow the visitors to explore some of the most tumultuous, life-changing, and historic events that took place during my career. The museum incorporates the latest technology that makes the museum experience entertaining, educational, and engaging. It literally helps history come alive. This award is richly deserved," says former President George Bush.