Ky. native & UK grad plays big role in new George W. Bush library

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DALLAS (WKYT) - Four living presidents gathered on Thursday to honor one of their own.

The group joined George W. Bush as his presidential library was dedicated on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

A Kentuckian was among those who attended the dedication. Alan Lowe is a native of Paris, a UK graduate and the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Lowe remembers the day he interviewed with President Bush, who was still in office at the time.

"I had no idea I was going to interview in the Oval Office," Lowe says. "He started joking with me about growing up in Kentucky. He said you'll be working a lot with me, but then he pointed to Laura and said you'll like her better."

After more than two years of construction, 43,000 artifacts and 200 million emails will soon be on display to the public at the museum at SMU.

"I've done a lot with the museum design," says Lowe.

Lowe relishes the job. He says the museum gives Americans a rare look into history, the inner workings of the White House and the men who have lived there.

"They are human beings with the toughest jobs on the planet," says Lowe. "I'm really proud to be a part of preserving how they do that."

Lowe remains a proud Kentuckian and UK graduate. He has a UK national championship banner hanging in his office.

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