Grants and Initiatives
The Presidential Timeline Project
The Presidential Timeline Project is a collaboration among the LBJ Foundation, UT’s College of Education, NARA, and the 13 Presidential Libraries. The timeline is an interactive web resource for exploring the U.S. presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. The site includes audio and video clips, photos, original documents, and curriculum materials for teachers. It is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and U.S. Department of Education.
The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award
The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award honors outstanding achievements in the preservation, restoration or improvement of the natural world that embrace Mrs. Johnson's style, energy and commitment to her work. It salutes the efforts of Americans who are making a positive impact on the environment by successfully collaborating with communities and engaging others in their mission by reaching out to diverse sectors.
The award was created by the Board of Trustees of the LBJ Foundation to honor the former First Lady on her 80th birthday and to underscore her devotion to conservation and the environment. Former recipients are Senator John Chafee, Laurance Rockefeller, Patrick Noonan, and Michael Dombeck.
On April 29, 2014, the LBJ Foundation presented former Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt with the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award. The award ceremony took place at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Nominated by the Conservation Lands Foundation, Babbitt has been a passionate and tireless advocate for land and water conservation and is, perhaps, best remembered by American schoolchildren for bringing the wolves back to Yellowstone National Park.
Lady Bird Johnson established the Harry Middleton Lectureship in 1994 to honor the career, loyalty and legacy of Mr. Middleton, who served in the Johnson administration and as Director of the LBJ Library for 30 years.
The lectureship was designed to attract and enrich the learning experiences of UT students and the Austin community. Speakers include former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Tom Brokaw, and playwright and film director David Mamet. Last year's Harry Middleton Lecturer was novelist Jodi Picoult on March 19, 2013.
Tom Johnson Lectureship
The Tom Johnson Lectureship was established in 2010 in recognition of and appreciation for Mr. Johnson’s 30 years of distinguished service as Chairman of the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson served as Executive Assistant to President Johnson and, later, as president and chairman of CNN. Veteran journalist Bill Moyers delivered the first Tom Johnson Lectureship in November 2011. These lectures are free and open to the public. Last year's Tom Johnson Lecturer was rights activist Andrew Young on January 31, 2013.
Moody Research Grants and Harry Middleton Fellowships
The LBJ Foundation awards Moody Research Grants, underwritten by the Moody Foundation of Galveston, to graduate students, teachers, writers and others to conduct research at the LBJ Library. The Harry Middleton Fellowships in Presidential Studies support scholars researching Presidential policy. The LBJ Foundation appropriates $60,000 for Moody grants and $10,000-$12,000 for Middleton fellowships annually. The Foundation congratulates our spring 2014 Middleton fellow, Jenna Healey.
Ms. Healey is a Ph.D. student in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. Her dissertation, Revolution of the Heart: Teenage Pregnancy, Family Planning, and the Politics of the American Family, 1965 - 1996, examines how and why teenage pregnancy became the centerpiece of family planning policy and a prominent political issue in the United States.
D. B. Hardeman Prize
The D.B. Hardeman Prize is awarded for the best book on the U.S. Congress, from the fields of biography, history, journalism and political science. Mr. Hardeman, a dedicated student of and avid collector of books about the Congress, was a long-time assistant to legendary Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Texas. Submissions are judged on the basis of five criteria: (1) contribution to scholarship, (2) contribution to the public's understanding of Congress, (3) literary craftsmanship, (4) originality, and (5) depth of research.
The members of the national selection committee include: Senator Tom Daschle; Lee Hamilton, Director of The Center on Congress; Thomas Mann of The Brookings Institution; Leslie Sanchez of Impacto Group; and Nancy Beck Young of The University of Houston. Previous winners include Robert Caro, David Oshinsky and Frances Lee. View a complete list of winners here.
The 25th recipient of the D.B. Hardeman Prize is After the Rubicon: Congress, Presidents and the Politics of Waging War, by Douglas L. Kriner. The LBJ Foundation presented the $10,000 prize to Dr. Kriner at a luncheon on April 30, 2014, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
For more information, please email Stephanie Savage, Director of Grants and Programs, or call (512) 232-2280.
LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award
The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award honors the vision that animated LBJ’s Presidency and the hundred laws that gave it life—a belief that every citizen should share in the benefits and blessings of the privileges and protections that lie at the heart of the American dream.
The LBJ award is given to an individual who personifies President Johnson’s mission of creating a nation of justice and liberty, where everyone has the opportunity to rise and those in need will not fail. The 2013 recipient was former President George H. W. Bush, in recognition of his leadership in public service and commitment to civil rights.
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