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Bush center exhibit features first family pets

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JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) – The upcoming holiday exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center will give visitors a look at the 2002 celebration at the White House, which took inspiration from presidential pets through the years.

The exhibit, called “All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002,” opens Saturday.

It includes papier-mache replicas of first family pets, including first daughter Caroline Kennedy’s pony named Macaroni and raccoons named Rebecca and Reuben who belonged to President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace.

The exhibit, running through Jan. 13, also features a large Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments portraying birds indigenous to each state.

The center has started an annual tradition of featuring a look back at decorations from the Bush White House. Last year featured the decorations were from 2001.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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