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Laura Bush Joins Board of National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Although already busy with planning her husband’s presidential library construction, Laura Bush has taken on a new job as the newest board member for the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The former first lady and design enthusiast will take on the role to help raise money for the museum’s new building, awarded to Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup this past April, which is expected to run around $500 million in the end (though the government will be donating a batch of that) and hopefully be completed by 2015. Here’s who Bush will be carpooling with as she goes door-to-door looking for donations:

Bush will join Brown University President Ruth Simmons and Target Corp. CEO Gregg Steinhafel as new members of the National Museum of African American History and Culture advisory board.

Others who have been helping to raise private funds to build the museum include Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons.

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