On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting

On the Air

On View
June 24-Nov. 12, 2017
Great Hall, Fourth Floor
LBJ Presidential Library

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Fifty years ago this year, on Nov. 7, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and, eventually, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and National Public Radio (NPR). The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is the steward of federal funding that supports nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.

The On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibition examines the cultural legacy of the Public Broadcasting Act by highlighting the classic television shows and radio programs of PBS and NPR. Several iconic artifacts from beloved programs are featured, including:

  • Sesame Street puppets (Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Count von Count)
  • Mister Rogers' sweater and sneakers
  • Veneered wood autoharp used by Garrison Keillor on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion
  • An original painting by Bob Ross, the host of The Joy of Painting
  • A copy of Julia Child's Master the Art of French Cooking cookbook with a personal inscription to Lady Bird Johnson

There are also opportunities to take photos with the Sesame Street puppets as well as in front of iconic Sesame Street backdrops. We invite you to share your photo with us on social media using the hashtag #LBJOnTheAir!

The exhibition is co-sponsored by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and NPR station KUT 90.5.


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Plan Your Visit

Open daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission Prices Vary
Regular price: $10 per person
Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $7
Youth 13-17: $3
Children 12 and under: Free
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Free parking in lot #38