LIVE: Living Presidents Gather To Celebrate Opening Of George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas

13th Presidential Library sits on 23 acres at SMU

DALLAS, Texas - DALLAS (AP) -- All the living American presidents past and present are gathering in Dallas on Thursday. It's a are reunion to salute one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

They'll put aside profound ideological differences and a bitter history of blaming each other for the nation's woes in favor of pomp and pleasantries, if just for a day.

Bush will be feted by his father, George H.W. Bush, President Barack Obama, and the two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The ceremony also marks Bush's unofficial return to the public eye four years after the end of his deeply polarizing presidency.

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The sprawling, 23-acre Southern Methodist University campus north of downtown Dallas houses Bush's new presidential library, museum and policy institute.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, which houses Bush's library and museum along with his policy institute, will be dedicated in a ceremony Thursday on the campus of Southern Methodist University.



Here are some facts on the center:

   -- The about 226,000-square-foot center is located on 23 acres.

   -- The grounds include a 15-acre urban park that recreates a Texas prairie.

   -- The library and museum holds more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and 4 million digital photographs. It's the largest holding of digital records of any presidential library.

   -- The 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibit in the museum includes parts dedicated to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the Florida recount and various other historical events.

   -- The Bush library is the 13th presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It's the third presidential library in Texas.

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