Helping Hands Initiative: George W. Bush Childhood Home

Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:20 AM CST
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Built in 1939, George W. Bush’s childhood home is an ancient symbol of Texas and U.S. history.

It’s the only house in the country that’s been home to two presidents, two governors and a first lady.

“This is a very important home to the history of Midland, the history of Texas and the history of the United States,” Executive Director Paul St. Hilaire said.

To celebrate that history, guided tours allow guests to step into the lives of Bush families with restored furniture and displays to show them what life was like in Midland during the 1950s and how George W. Bush’s life here shaped him into the president he would become.

“Those are some of the same values that George W. Bush grew up with while they lived here in this home,” St. Hilaire said. “And what he has mentioned several times as having been a big factor in the way in which he led the country and the way in which he conducted himself in his public service.”

Mostly funded by grants fundraisers and gift shop sales, home organizers rely on volunteers to run the gift shop and serve as tour guides.

St. Hilaire said he has a good core group of volunteers, but more would be tremendously helpful when the historical sight gets busy.

He said it’s a perfect job for history buffs excited to share knowledge.

“We’re always looking for people excited to promote history, to preserve history, and to share the story of this home with people from around the world,” he said.

Whether volunteers can serve regularly or for just three hours a month, they’re welcome to apply.

If you're interested in volunteering with the George W. Bush Childhood Home, you can find more information online