Baker Institute honorary chair James A. Baker, III, is in Dallas this week for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University. The event, attended by the five living presidents, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and world dignitaries, precedes the May 1 public opening of the library. The three-story, 226,000-square-foot Bush Center holds more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and four million digital photographs.

Texas is now the the only state to have three presidential libraries. The other two centers are the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station and the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin.

But what is a presidential library and what purpose does it serve?

On May 14 at 7 p.m., the directors of the three presidential libraries in Texas will meet at the Baker Institute to discuss the role of their institutions and the presidents they represent. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Baker Institute founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian.

The forum is the first of a three-part, multi-city series "Lone Star Treasures: The Presidential Libraries of Texas," sponsored by the Texas Tribune, in which the directors will discuss how presidential libraries preserve history, facilitate research and education, and contribute to their communities through public programs and special events.

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