"I hope that visitors who come here will achieve a closer understanding of the Presidency and that young people will get a clearer comprehension of what this nation tried to do in an eventful period of its history." —Lyndon Baines Johnson
Continuing President Johnson’s educational legacy, the LBJ Library education department provides activities, workshops, and presentations featuring resources from audio visual and document archives as well as from our museum collection.
Voting Rights Today Contest
The focus of this year's essay and documentary contest is "Voting Rights Today.” The Voting Rights Act was passed as a result of the widespread disenfranchisement of countless Americans who were denied the right to vote based on their race, gender, or class. This act enforced the right to vote nationwide guaranteed by the fifteenth and nineteenth amendments.
$2,500 first place award, plus travel for the winner and his/her parent to attend the award ceremony in April 2015
$1,000 second place award
$1,000 award to first place student’s sponsoring teacher, plus travel to attend award ceremony
DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Monday, February 9, 2015
Students or adults can participate in one of our hands-on activities using archival files from the Johnson administration. Fight for your life in the role of a Soviet spy, become a member of the President’s National Security Council and advise the President on a matter of national security, or prioritize civil rights issues in order to work with the President as he drafts landmark legislation.
Register for a classroom activity here.
"The Spy's Dilemma" is an interactive simulation that allows participants to read, interpret, and evaluate primary source documents, work collaboratively, and determine which ones would be most useful to you as a Russian spy.
In "A Presidential Decision," become part of the Johnson administration and advise the President on whether or not he should escalate the bombing in Vietnam during a meeting on July 20, 1965.
“A Matter of Civil Rights: A Decision to Construct Legislation for Congress” allows participants to assume one of eight roles while participating in a simulation exercise using primary documents from our archives.
Workshops are available for educators and feature primary sources from our document, photo, and museum archival holdings. Our workshops are created with teachers in mind to expand their curriculum and develop their own skills in research and primary source work. Workshops can be arranged at any point during the year on a weekday when the museum is open to the public, in addition to pre-scheduled workshops. The LBJ Library is certified by the Texas Education Agency as a provider of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) for Texas educators.
- "A New Day For LBJ" is a 2-day workshop introducing teachers to the exhibits and primary sources at the LBJ Library
- Tune In, Turn On, Drop by: 1960s Teacher Workshop is a free, one-day collaborative workshop at the LBJ Library and Bullock Museum
- Primarily Teaching is week-long research-based workshop offered every summer
- The Biennial Symposium is a lecture-based workshop offered every other year with varying topics
- Grant Workshops are available to those seeking or participating in a TAH or other grant
Contact an Education Specialist for more information.
National History Day
The LBJ Presidential Library and National Archives supports the year-long National History Day competition as a way for students to engage in historical thinking. National History day is a nationwide project-based contest for middle and high school students. The format allows students to pick a topic within a broad theme to analyze and conduct research.
With our extensive holdings, the LBJ Presidential Library provides primary sources, available in person and some online, to enhance students’ NHD research and projects.
Our website offers many resources to help you prepare for a visit to the LBJ Library:
Contact LBJ Education Specialists
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin TX 78705
Office: (512) 721-0172
Fax: (512) 721-0170