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LEWISTON - In what began as an intriguing discovery in the far reaches of a basement storage room in Bates Mill #5 is now an official part of presidential history. A copy of a 1948 film promoting Bates' "Back to School" line has been officially accepted by the George Bush Presidental Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

Married Yale University students George "Poppy" and Barbara Bush appear as themselves on the film as members of the Bates College Board, an advisory panel comprised of representative students from the nation's leading colleges and universities. Board members would provide feedback to Bates designers and participate in fashion shows and product promotions on film and in print. In the film, the Bushes introduce themselves, are seen participating in group sessions, and filming a vignette promoting the Bates "Victoria" bedspread and curtains, which was also photographed for an advertisement that ran in American Vogue and Harper's Bazaar magazines.

In accepting the film, Bush Library Director Warren L. Finch Jr. wrote, "we are honored to have this historical film to add to our audiovisual collection." The library and museum was especially interested in this film since it is one of very few video images they have of the Bushes at that time. Diane Jackson, state office representative for U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe helped facilitate the donation process. The announcement of the Bush Library acceptance was made at the Museum's Annual Board Meeting and Dinner in April.