Signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Bill. [LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe #C148-30-WH65]

Education

"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

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Education Programming

Below you'll find a list of activities and tours that students or adults can participate in at the LBJ Library. Registration is required.

Mini Presidential Tour
1 hour | Ages: 4-9

The Mini Presidential Tour is a docent-led tour focusing on the role of the president. It includes a tour of the Oval Office, the Great Hall, LBJ's limousine, "What is an archive?" activity, and Story Time. This tour lasts 60 minutes. The ideal audience age is 4-9 years old.

Presidential Tour
1-2 hours | All Ages

The Presidential Tour is a docent-led or self-guided tour which includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This tour lasts anywhere from 60 minutes to two hours. Groups are encouraged to spend 30 minutes outside of the tour in our temporary galleries, when available.

The Spy's Dilemma/LBJ and the Cold War Program and Tour
2.5-3 hours | Ages: 10 and older

During this interactive classroom activity, students will take on the role of a Soviet spy and select the most important documents from President Johnson's secret files to bring back to their leaders. Students work together to analyze primary sources from the LBJ Library's archives. Following the classroom activity, students will tour the exhibits and view the presidency through the lens of the Cold War. This docent-led or self-guided tour includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This program lasts two and a half to three hours. The ideal audience is 10 years and older.

Vietnam: A Presidential Decision Program and Tour
3-4 hours | Ages: 15 and older

Become part of the Johnson administration and learn what it takes to advise the president. In this Vietnam-focused activity, students will advise President Johnson during a meeting with his National Security Council on whether or not he should escalate the bombing in Vietnam. Following the classroom activity, students are able to tour the exhibits and discover other decisions the president had to make during his time in office. This docent-led or self-guided tour includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This program and tour are three to four hours. The ideal audience is 15 years and older.

Civil Rights/Social Justice Program and Tour
2-3 hours | Ages: 15 and older

Experience the 1960s Civil Rights Movement through primary sources from the LBJ Library's archives. There are a variety of options depending on your group size and time. Following the classroom activity, students will tour the exhibits and analyze the struggle for social justice in the 1960s and make connections to today. This docent-led or self-guided tour includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This program and tour are two to three hours. The ideal audience is 15 years and older.

Great Society Program and Tour
2-3 hours | Ages: 12 and older

The Great Society provided the framework for President Johnson's domestic policy in the 1960s. Students will analyze documents from the LBJ Library's archives, make connections to current events, and discuss the future of Great Society programs in their lifetime. Following the classroom activity, students will tour the exhibits and witness how President Johnson's Great Society programs were passed and how they influenced his leadership and decision making. This docent-led or self-guided tour includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This program and tour are two to three hours. The ideal audience is 12 years and older.

Election Collection Program and Tour
2-2.5 hours | All ages

Presidential elections are an important piece of history and civic participation. Students will handle and analyze election memorabilia from the 1964 election between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. Following the classroom activity, students will tour the exhibits and make connections to the issues raised during the election. This docent-led or self-guided tour includes the Oval Office, Life in the White House, The First Ladies Gallery, LBJ's Presidency, and A Legacy of Liberty. This program is two to two and a half hours. This program is appropriate for all ages.

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Special Programming

"Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!"

The Pollyanna Theatre Company returns to the LBJ Auditorium in February with their acclaimed production of a powerful production that takes a new generation of theatergoers into the world of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The play follows the field trip adventures of a group of students who are visiting a history museum and then are surprised by what happens when people from the exhibits come to life and tell them about their personal experiences of discrimination and the fight for equality in the 1960s.

Presented in partnership with the LBJ Library's Education Department, schools are also invited to visit the museum when they attend the play. This play is by Gregory Perrin. It is intended for students in grades 3-7. There are performances during the week for school groups to attend as well as a free show on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, for the public. Please visit Pollyanna Theatre Company to purchase your tickets. After you've received your confirmation, please sign up to visit our exhibits.

Explore UT

The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a campus-wide open house on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The LBJ Library will be open at 9 a.m. as an early bird location for those arriving on campus. Stop by to write a letter to the new President of the United States and to tour the exhibits.

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Curriculum Resources

Professional Development

The LBJ Library is certified by the Texas Education Agency as a provider of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) for Texas educators. Our workshops are open to educators and feature primary sources from our document, photo, and museum archival holdings. The workshops are created with teachers in mind, with goals to help educators 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.

Contact an Education Specialist for more information.

Educator Membership

Launched in September 2016, the Education Membership level of the Friends of the LBJ Library is in the early stages of forming and growing. If you are a current classroom teacher, homeschool teacher, or professor, please consider joining the membership program. The benefits include two programs a semester geared toward educators, one Evening With ticket (pre-determined) per semester, priority registration for teacher and student events, as well as free admission to all presidential libraries, a discount in the LBJ Library store, and more! Please contact us for more information. You must be a current teacher or enrolled in a teacher training program to become a member.

National History Day

Created as a way to encourage students to engage in historical thinking, National History Day is a nationwide project-based contest for middle and high school students. The LBJ Library and the National Archives support the year-long National History Day competition. The format allows students to pick a topic within a broad theme to analyze and conduct research. This year's CenTex Regional History Fair is Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Kealing Middle School.

With our extensive holdings, the LBJ Library provides primary sources, available in-person and some online, to enhance students' NHD research and projects.

For more information about how to start your research, click here
For more information about the regional, state, and national fairs, click here.

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