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Lewiston-Auburn museum shares rare footage of Barbara Bush before she was First Lady

A young George H.W. and Barbara Bush can be seen in a 1948 promotion for the Bates Manufacturing Company's attempt to improve college dorm rooms. (Museum L-A)

LEWISTON-AUBURN (WGME) -- As CBS 13 looks back at the life and legacy of Barbara Bush, we are also seeing some rare footage of Mrs. Bush in the Lewiston-Auburn area with her husband before she was the First Lady.

A young George H.W. and Barbara Bush can be seen in a 1948 promotion for the Bates Manufacturing Company's attempt to improve college dorm rooms.

The footage was discovered in 2007 at the Museum L-A.

Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers says they called the presidential library right away.

“The very next day they called us back and they said, ‘You know, we've been looking and we have nothing in film at that age for them,’” Desgrosseilliers said.

The video highlights consumer polls on items like curtains and furniture, but it also gives a glimpse of the couple early on in their marriage.

Desgrosseilliers says while she never met the former First Lady, it's clear she stayed true to herself her entire life.

“It kind of gave us a nice warm feeling to see that. She's still herself, she never changed, which is beautiful,” Desgrosseilliers said.

And as this treasure will be preserved so will her legacy.

“It's not just things, it's people that can be national treasures and I think Barbara is one of those,” Desgrosseilliers said.

Desgrosseilliers says the footage will remain part of the museum's archives and history.

The original version is being stored in a climate controlled section until they can have their own climate control area set up.

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