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George W. Bush President Center Groundbreaking Scheduled
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Texas Business reports:  The groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will be the repository for key artifacts and papers of the Bush administration, is scheduled for next week.

The Tuesday groundbreaking is expected to be attended by guests from around the world at the campus of Southern Methodist University.

The site area straddles SMU Boulevard with an area of slightly more than 23 acres. The museum will have about 43,620 square feet, the archives 65,950 square feet and the institute and foundation slightly under 117,000 square feet.

Some of the exhibits that will be in the center are on exhibit at SMU’s Meadows Museum through February 6. They include

The bullhorn President Bush used when he visited Ground Zero on September 14, 2001

The silk dress and bolero jacket designed by Oscar de la Renta and worn by Mrs. Bush at the White House dinner with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The pistol retrieved from Saddam Hussein upon his capture in Iraq

A letter from Bono to President Bush regarding AIDS relief in Africa

A framed print of a painting by Senator Ted Kennedy given to Mrs. Bush on September 11, 2001

A bronzed football commemorating the University of Texas Longhorns 2005 National Championship win, given as a gift to President Bush

A pair of woven sashes presented to President and Mrs. Bush by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia

The library is not expected to be completed until 2013.