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    "W" library will add to region's knowledge base

    Texas will soon be the only state in the Union to have 3 presidential libraries. The clustering of three presidential libraries, all within the Texas Triangle, provides derivative benefits to the regions' economy.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that George W. Bush's library is planned to be built on the campus of Southern Methodist University in DFW, joining LBJ's library in Austin and George Senior's library on the campus of Texas A&M.

    The article written by Jeannie Kever, correctly, answers the obvious question early in the story:

    Big deal, you say?
    It is, according to Bruce Buchanan, an expert on presidential politics at the University of Texas, who describes the institutions as far more than a parting gift to a former president.
    The libraries — actually combination archives and museums, often with an academic arm — provide historians with the tools to interpret history, Buchanan said, and they promote civic engagement through the speakers and community programs they offer.
    They are even tourist attractions, drawing history buffs, and their money, to cities
    they might not otherwise visit." .:.

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