Bush Legacy Collection

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

Through memorabilia given to UNE by George and Barbara Bush, the new George and Barbara Bush Exhibit in the George and Barbara Bush Center tells the story of the Bush family in Maine, the presidential years of George H. W. Bush, and the story of UNE’s connection with the Bush family through the George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Bush Legacy Collection also includes the Randall J. Cushing Collection of World War I and World War II Letters, 1914-1963, a collection of approximately 1,500 letters among members of 27 families of U.S. Soldiers in those wars, and is open to the public for research. For access to this collection please contact the Special Collections Department at (207) 221-4324 or (207) 602-2131 for an appointment on weekdays. 


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, a private nonprofit organization founded in 1995.


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