A history lover since childhood and a former Lowell resident, Julie Govert helped make history Thursday.
Govert's work on the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was unveiled during a dedication Thursday in Dallas.
As project manager and producer with Cortina Productions, Govert helped create many of the media exhibits in the museum, including a section on life in the White House featuring the Bushes' late dog Barney and a Decision Points Theater that puts visitors in the president's shoes.
Participants are given facts surrounding key decisions made by Bush, including the surge in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the financial crisis and the response to the threat of Sadaam Hussein, and asked what they would have decided.
"It's kind of an urgent, time-sensitive experience, just like the president has in those situations," Govert said.
Govert, 33, was born in Hammond and lived in Pendleton, Ind., before moving with her family to Lowell, where she attended junior and senior high school.
She'd always loved movies and history, and after entering college at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond decided she wanted to make historical documentaries, Govert said.
Her work on the Bush museum led to several meetings with the president and his wife, Laura.
"He's a very nice man and real easy to get along with," Govert said.
Laura Bush, who played a key role in the library's creation, "was also great to work with," Govert said.
"She knows this museum backward and forward," Govert said.
Govert was on hand Thursday as dignitaries toured the museum featuring Cortina Productions' 35 media exhibits, 12 films and 22 interactive exhibits.
"My team was really excited to be part of it," she said.