George W. Bush Presidential Center presents "Away from the White House: Presidential Retreats"
The George W. Bush Presidential Center will present a new special exhibit, "Away from the White House: Presidential Retreats." This exhibit will showcase presidential retreats as unique places of work and attempts at relaxation. Four featured retreats – Camp David in Frederick County, Maryland; Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas; LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas; and Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine – will be highlighted in-depth revealing how U.S. presidents have used these special places for work, rejuvenation, and rest. The exhibit will also explore other presidential retreats over the last two centuries from Mount Vernon to Mar-a-Lago.
Fascinating historical documents, photographs, and numerous artifacts from presidential retreats across the country will be on display, including Ronald Reagan’s aviator glasses, Jimmy Carter’s handwritten remarks from the Camp David accords, and a model of the amphibious car LBJ used for personal pranks.
The hidden historic roles of presidential retreats will include stories of the presidents and first ladies’ daily lives, hobbies, sports, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Visitors will learn about the specific initiatives, challenges, and accomplishments that made each retreat iconic as well as the intimate family memories that endear these unique locations to their occupants. This also includes the Bush family’s use of presidential spaces – for weddings, holidays, and more.
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