Bush childhood home project moving along one step at a time

Work on the George W. Bush Childhood Home in Midland is “moving forward,” according to Bill Scott, president of George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc. The non-profit is now steeped in research and on the threshold of fundraising campaigns. “It’s just one step at a time. It’s a slow process, …slow and methodical,” he said.

The project, adopted by the Permian Basin Board of Realtors and turned over to the non-profit George W. Bush Childhood Home Inc., is the 1,492-square-foot, pier-and-beam frame house with the bay window a 1412 W. Ohio Ave. It was there where President Bush spent part of his early formative years – in the early-to-mid-1950’s.

“Our deepest values in life often come from our earliest years, “Bush said in Midland on Jan. 17 when he and his wife, Laura Welch Bush, were en route from their Waco-area ranch to his Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Bush said his core values were formed in his yeas in Midland. “It is here in West Texas where I learned to trust God,” he said. “There’s so much optimism in this place, such a passion for the possible. You see it everywhere in Midland, and you see it throughout West Texas. And I certainly saw it in the home where I was raised.”

Once completed, the Bush house project may attract 30,000 to 35,000 tourists annually, Scott said after the George W. Bush Childhood Home Inc. stalwart had visited with representatives of childhood homes of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

“We will be on a par with any other presidential childhood home,” said Joanne Langston, who is heading up the Bush childhood home fundraising endeavor. “It is such an incredible opportunity for Midland, and we only have the one chance to do it topnotch, and it will be done that way.”

Prior to the community fundraising, George W. Bush Childhood Home Inc. is seeking various grants, including funding from the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Jana Tucker, who is president of the Permian Basin Realtors Association, said the Bush childhood home group is “real anxious to get started” on the restoration. “We want to give all the attention to it that it needs to make sure that it’s done the way it needs to be done,” Ms. Tucker said. “We are having lots of consultations with professionals and working…to make sure everything goes like it should. They have the expertise and background to make sure we are headed in the right direction with it.”

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