Bush Legacy Collection

The George and Barbara Bush Center
University of New England – Biddeford Campus

The George and Barbara Bush Center anchors the heritage of George and Barbara Bush in New England. The water views of the Bush Center provide students, faculty and visitors the same opportunities to relax, reflect and renew as Walker's Point has done for George and Barbara Bush and their family over the years.

The Bush Legacy Collection within the Bush Center houses material encompassing the Bush legacy in Maine, including memorabilia given to UNE by George and Barbara Bush.  

Particular attention is given to the family’s New England heritage and to George and Barbara Bush’s special love affair with Maine. The University of New England works cooperatively with the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M on exhibitions and other projects.

George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of New England has established the George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series, an annual event honoring the legacy of George and Barbara Bush as political and community leaders. 

On September 19, 2013, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar was presented the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. 

The award was presented at the fourth George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture at the University of New England (UNE). 

George Bush, 41st President of the United States, and Barbara Bush presented the award to Sheikha Moza at the event, which was held at the Harold Alfond Forum on UNE's Biddeford Campus. The lecture was streamed live to audiences around the world.

A driving force behind education and social reforms in Qatar for more than 15 years, Sheikha Moza is the Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private nonprofit organization founded in 1995.

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Literacy and Power:
New Exhibition

Literacy and Power, a new exhibition examining the problems and solutions to illiteracy, has opened at the George and Barbara Bush Center on UNE’s Biddeford Campus.

The gallery exhibit provides a chronological review of literacy including the origins of written language, literacy education in the United States, contemporary problems and possible solutions to illiteracy, and 21st century digital literacy. 

Literacy and Power was created for the George and Barbara Bush Center by UNE faculty from the departments of History, Philosophy, English and Education, in collaboration with the UNE Office of Communications and the UNE Libraries' Department of Special Collections.

The physical displays in the gallery invite visitors to explore the exhibit's themes in much greater depth through an expansive electronic component via iPads, which is also accessible online.

Literacy and Power is free and open to the public and runs through September 15, 2014. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except during UNE vacations.

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