Texas Presidential Tour


This opportunity is open to the public, including SMU students, alumni, & friends of the CPH. It is not connected to a specific SMU course or to SMU Study Abroad. 

More Info and Signup | Trip Flyer | Detailed Itinerary (These documents reflect the original dates for May 2021, but the rescheduled tour will include similar sites and plans)

Presidential history runs deep in Texas, from the birthplaces of Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Baines Johnson to the foundational stories of LBJ, George HW Bush and George W Bush. From the Presidents of the Republic of Texas era to the last moments of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Presidential history in the Lone Star State is, indeed, Texas-sized, with three Presidential Libraries and Museums residing here. The SMU Center for Presidential History and Essential History Expeditions have teamed to offer an in-depth examination of Texas presidents.

Issues of national and international importance will be in the fore, from Vietnam to Iraq, from the Great Society to the Great Recession, and the Cold War and its ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall. And much more.

Our journey will begin in the rolling Hill Country with the famed LBJ Ranch and Texas White House. In Austin, we will visit the LBJ Library & Museum and State Capitol Building. A couple of hours east lies Washington-on-the-Brazos and the beginnings of the Republic. We will discuss presidents Houston, Lamar, Jones and acting-president Burnet here. Anson Jones’ plantation house, “Barrington”, is on the historic site grounds. Huntsville has Sam Houston’s museum and gravesite. Then it’s over to College Station where we will visit the GHW Bush Library & Museum. Dallas is our final destination, with visits to Dealey Plaza and the 6th Floor Museum to discuss JFK, followed by a visit to the GW Bush Library & Museum.