President Obama and all four living ex-presidents will attend the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Thursday on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
According to the website, the library's mission will be to serve "as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy."
Besides a library and public policy center, the brick and limestone complex will host a museum, which includes a Decision Points Theater, where visitors can face the tough choices of Bush's controversial presidency, including the invasion of Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the bank bailout.
According to the Washington Post, Bush asked the museum's designers to simply present the facts and let visitors decide whether he made the right call. Other exhibits will feature a container of chads, the Florida punch-ballot residue that gummed up the 2000 election; the bullhorn Bush used to address rescue workers at ground zero; and a full-scale model of the Oval Office.
The Bush library will be the 13th presidential library overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration. It's the first presidential library of the digital age, however, and will include about 80 terabytes of electronic records, including 200 million emails from the White House email system and 4 million digital photographs.