Barbara Bush is recognized for her participation in and direction of humanitarian causes. She serves as Americares ambassador-at-large, a board member of the Mayo Clinic foundation, and supports with personal interest the Leukemia Society of America. Mrs. Bush’s greatest interest is family literacy, believing that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be closer to solving society’s problems. She helped develop the Barbara Bush foundation for Family Literacy and continues numerous literary affiliations.
The proceeds from two books: C. Fred’s Story and Millie’s Book benefit adult and family literacy programs. Her autobiography, Barbara Bush: A Memoir, emphasizes the importance of family, faith, and friends. Barbara Bush and her husband returned to Houston, where she enjoys continued community involvement.
The sequined black silk peau de soie Dickinson gown was worn to Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural in 1985, and for a literacy event in 1988.