Educational Programming

Contact an Education Specialist for more information or questions. 

Inside the Archives

This program is available for those who are unfamiliar with the programs, resources, and opportunities the LBJ Library has to offer.  We will walk you through a highlight tour of documents, artifacts, and audio visual materials such as speeches, telephone conversations, images, and videos. This presentation may be scheduled for a half or full day.

Six Day War

Using the words of President Johnson from The Vantage Point, participants will be exposed to the background of the Six Day War along with documents and telephone conversations from the war.  This presentation takes a half day.  Please contact us for more information or to make arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson’s Whistlestop Campaign

It was October 1964 and the November Presidential election was looming as parts of the country still seethed over the Civil Rights Act President Lyndon Baines Johnson had signed into law just a few months earlier.  The new legislation eliminated the so-called "Jim Crow" laws and guaranteed blacks access to all public accommodations and the right to equal employment opportunities.  Many white southerners and politicians considered the law an assault on their long-established way of life.  Southern Democrats threatened to bolt as racial politics threatened to splinter the party and cost Johnson the election.

It was during this tumultuous time that Lady Bird Johnson showed the country just how much she could contribute to her husband's presidency.  In a four-day, 1,628-mile trip aboard a train dubbed the Lady Bird Special, the First Lady traveled through eight southern states.  This was the first time a First Lady campaigned on her own for her husband.  This presentation takes approximately two hours.

November 22, 1963—The Kennedy/Johnson Transition

On November 21, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy left Washington, D.C. for Texas to attend several official functions, to present his administration's views in personal speeches, and to help reunify the conservative and liberal wings of the Democratic party in Texas.  On the morning of November 22 he addressed a breakfast sponsored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, flew to Dallas, and began a motorcade trip in an open car with his wife, Texas Governor John Connally, and the governor's wife through town toward the Dallas Trade Mart.  He never spoke at the scheduled luncheon.

In this brief 1-2 hour presentation, we will explore the Kennedy/Johnson transition through documents, audio, and photographs. 

Food for Peace—Famine in India

The Bihar famine of 1966-7 was a minor famine with relatively very few deaths from starvation as compared to the famines of the British era.  This short presentation touches on points of U.S. involvement using telephone conversation excerpts and other audio.  Approximately 1 hour.

Winning Hearts and Minds—LBJ’s Pacification Efforts in Vietnam

It cannot be denied that Lyndon Johnson is invariably connected in people’s minds with the Vietnam War.  What most people do not know is that there were presidentially-directed efforts to improve the lives of the Vietnamese people through medical aid, disease eradication, education, rice production, and more.  We will explore these programs and the administration that made them available to the people of a war-ravaged country.  Approximately 1.5 hours.

The Making of a President

This presentation is a three-part series featuring photos from the LBJ Library’s vast photo archives.  All or part of the presentation may be scheduled; each part is approximately 1 hour.  Part 1: The Early Years;  Part 2: The Congressional Years; Part 3: Mr. Vice President.