New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas
Tradition holds that eating black eyed peas on January 1 will bring wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Here’s Laura Bush’s recipe for the Southern dish, originally published on the White House website.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies
Mrs. Bush’s recipe cards were originally located on the White House website. Did you know that we have the White House websites of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton archived online? Take a look!
[And make these cookies, trust us, they are SO good.]
Via the George W. Bush Presidential Center:
As part of the Dedication Ceremonies, President and Mrs. Bush presented the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which will operate the Library and Museum. The Bush Center and NARA signed a joint use agreement at a ceremony in Freedom Hall today.
Happy early birthday to former First Lady Laura Bush, who was born on November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas. Mrs. Bush earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Texas in 1973, and then worked as a librarian in inner-city schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
Her love of books followed her to the White House when she became First
Image: Mrs. Laura Bush visits with school children February 26, 2001, at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she launched the “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn” School Initiative.
Yesterday, former First Lady Laura Bush made a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a private tour of the building by Kennedy Library Director Tom Putnam.
Mrs. Bush spent the majority of her time in the museum, including a curator-guided tour of the Library’s current exhibit based on Jacqueline Kennedy’s recently published oral history. Before leaving, the First Lady stopped in at the Library’s Museum Store to peruse a number of gift items, including a book about Presidential pets, and immediately opened to a photo of the Bush’s family dog, Spot.
Please credit Rick Friedman/John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
America’s First Ladies
If you are a fan of First Ladies and interested in women’s history, you can follow “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Vision” today on Twitter (#usfirstladies) or watch the conference live stream starting at 9am CT.
Guest speakers include White House Photographers, Social Secretaries to the First Ladies, Presidential historians, and political correspondent Cokie Roberts. At 1:25pm CT, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will moderate a panel of two former First Ladies: Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush.
The George W. Bush Library is also releasing an iTunes U collection of speeches, events, and video produced by the White House.
Here, a photo of First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson together.
Birthday and wedding cheers to Laura and George W. Bush!
Today is the birthday of former First Lady Laura Bush and tomorrow is her wedding anniversary with George W. Bush. Here’s the pre-presidential couple at their wedding with Barbara and George H.W. Bush. November 5, 1977 in Midland, Texas.