I watched the opening of the George W. Bush library and museum. When the public goes to a presidential library, they have access to a museum that shows a story of a presidential era primed to highlight the positives. The real legacy lies in the library where original documents are archived.
I took a graduate course in American history at the University of Iowa within driving distance to the Herbert Hoover Library in West Branch. We were granted access to the original documents under a promise of upmost respect. That was one of the most exciting but also humbling experiences of my life.
Iraq was never mentioned in the opening ceremony. Current and future historians will now have access to the Bush papers and e-mails. We as the American public deserve to know more, and future historians will be able to enlighten us.
-- Susan Earley, Madison