Bush Library Announces ‘Driven To Drive’ Exhibit

1953 CorvetteIn partnership with the Houston Automobile & Transportation Museum, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum announces its newest exhibit called “Driven to Drive: Defining our Identity.”

Ford MustangThis exhibit – on display in the Bush Library’s Ansary Gallery of American History May 16 through Jan. 8, 2017 – tells the story of the automobile through historical objects, interactive media and hands-on displays, highlighting cars beginning with the 1950s through the present and into the future.

Terrafugia flying carOrganizers say the automobile transformed the way Americans lived and how they defined their identities. This exhibit explores how the evolution of car designs and functions reflected the progression of 20th-century America.

The cars on display will change throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Group 1:  1950s      Exhibit dates: May 16 – July 31

-1955 Corvette

-1955 Ford Thunderbird

-1957 Chevy Bellaire

-1957 Chevy Nomad wagon

-1959 Cadillac Series 62

Group 2:  1960s      Exhibit dates: Aug. 8 – Oct. 16

-1963 Corvette w/split rear window

-1965 Ford Mustang

-1966 Ford Mustang GT-350 Shelby

-1966 Pontiac GTO

-1969 Chevy Camaro V8 (Copo)

-1967 Dodge Charger

-1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi

Group 3:  Past, Present, Future   Exhibit dates: Oct. 24, – Jan. 8, 2017

Prius hybrid (current version)

-Terrafugia flying car

-2016/17 Nissan Leaf – all electric

-Ford F150 (current version)

-Dodge minivan (current version)

-Jeep Cherokee Limited (current version)

-BMW 300 series (current version)

Additional Cars:

-1915 Model T Touring (May 16 – Jan. 8, 2017)

-Yellow taxi cabs (May 19 only)

-Custom Aggie truck (May 16 – Jan. 8, 2017)


The mission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. The staff at the library works to promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism. Located on the campus of Texas A&M University – a premier public Tier 1 research university and home to more than 50,000 students – the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries system.

The Bush Library is located at 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. For more information, call 979-691-4000 or go to bush41.org.


Media contact: David Anaya, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at (979) 691-4069 or david.anaya@nara.gov or Tura King, Division of Marketing and Communications, at (979) 845-4070 or tura-king@tamu.edu.


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