DALLAS (KXAN) - The George W. Bush Presidential Center will be formally dedicated in a ceremony Thursday at Southern Methodist University.
President Barack Obama and all the living former presidents, including Bush's father, will attended the dedication. The center includes the presidential library and museum. It will be the third presidential library in Texas.
The museum will be the official repository for presidential gifts as well as other donated artifacts relating to the life and career of Bush and former first Lady Laura Bush.
The 14,000-square-foot museum includes features, such as a full-sized Oval Office and a Texas Rose Garden. The library and museum open to the public on May 1.
Karen Hughes, one of Bush's top advisers as governor and as president, said the new center brings back a flood of memories.
"Well it was thrilling to walk in the Oval Office," she said. "I got goose bumps, because I felt like we got to have a meeting, we've got to decide something. It felt so familiar to me. It's almost eerie it's such a perfect re-creation."
A Secret Service spokesman said they've been planning for the dedication for a long time and are confident they're prepared.
"What I hope people will take away is a sense of the challenges that President Bush faced, the principles he applied to addressing those challenges in a direct and honest way and sense that many of them came out a whole lot better than most people at the moment thought they might," Hughes said.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown has said his department is planning for the highest level of security.
Texas is also home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum on the University of Texas at Austin campus and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.