April 2013

On March 24, the LBJ Library hosted an historic Reading of the Names of all Texas Vietnam War heroes. The event was attended by hundreds of veterans and their friends and families, as well as Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, who took part in the readings. The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, which displays 3,417 hand-forged dog tags representing each of the Texas Veterans who died in the Vietnam War, will be on display in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library through July 28, 2013. Please join us in honoring Texas Vietnam veterans by visiting this extraordinary exhibit.

HBO Film Screening and Discussion

In conjunction with HBO Documentary Films, the LBJ Library invites Friends to a screening of "Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of TIm Hetherington" with director and bestselling author Sebastian Junger. The film, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, will make its HBO premiere on April 18. It traces the work and life of Junger's friend Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya while covering the civil war. A discussion will follow the screening. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 pm in the LBJ Auditorium.

Austin's Cultural Campus Concert Crawl

On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music will perform short, informal concerts in five museums from Austin's Cultural Campus - Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, The Visual Arts Center, Texas Memorial Museum, LBJ Library, and The Visual Arts Center. Each mini concert will feature a variety of music masterworks, specifically chosen to respond to the art and ephemera exhibited at each museums. Concerts begin at 1 pm, and will repeat continuously on the hour until 4 pm. Travel from museum to museum, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun.

MLK LBJ Crossroads Memorial Project

Memorial Project designer Aaron Hussey, who lives and works in New Orleans, LA, reports that the drawings have been submitted for approved by a structural engineer. There has also been some activity on the site in San Marcos, moving utility wiring and making plans for landscaping. You can keep up with the progress of this project on the Crossroads Facebook page. If you're in San Marcos, stop by the intersection of LBJ and MLK streets to see where this unique memorial will be installed in August 2013.

Media Added to LBJ Library YouTube Channel

Archives staff members at the Library have been continually adding content to our YouTube channel. We have now posted all the telephone conversation highlights from 1963 - 1967 (350 in all) and are working on adding 1968 - 1969. You'll find playlists organized by year, or you can use the search box under our channel name to find a specific topic or individual.

We've also added lots of new Presidential speeches. For many of these speeches, we don't have video footage, but we do have audio recordings and photographs, so we've created slideshows to go with the recordings. The speech locations include everywhere from the Lincoln Memorial to a school in Stonewall, Texas to the Statue of Liberty. They also include press conferences, and in many of them you can hear questions from reporters, their laughter, the rustling of papers, and the clicks of cameras. LBJ's lively sense of humor is also apparent, especially in the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

We hope you enjoy the videos. If there are any speeches you would like us to add, just let us know through the YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter links below!