August 2012

Dear Friends,

As I'm sure you know, we're hard at work on a new core exhibit on President and Mrs. Johnson. We look forward to sharing it with you in December in time to celebrate Mrs. Johnson's centennial. In the meantime, please be sure to check which part of our exhibit is currently on view before you visit us.

Also, please join us at the library on August 15 and September 20 for events with prominent authors (more details below). And, as always, we will celebrate President Johnson's birthday on August 27 with cake and refreshments at the library from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you then!

All the best,

Mark K. Updegrove

Save the date!

Our fall calendar will be released soon - in the upcoming edition of our print newsletter Among Friends and on our redesigned website when it debuts in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, please save the date for our first program of the fall, on September 20 at 6:00 p.m. TIME Editors and bestselling authors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy will share stories from their recent book The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity.

Governor Edward Rendell to share his new book

On Wednesday, August 15, LBJ Foundation Board member Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes will host former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell at the library to sign and sell copies of his new book A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great. The book signing and reception will be held in the 10th floor Atrium from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Store at LBJ will sell copies that evening.

Please note: this is a special opportunity offered to you as a member but is not an Evening With program hosted by the Friends of the LBJ Library. Space is limited; please respond to Cat Chavanne at (512) 322-0128 if you would like to attend. The library will not accept responses for this event.

Mrs. Johnson's Centennial Year

Had she lived, Mrs. Johnson would celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 of this year. We will recognize Mrs. Johnson and aspects of her legacy each month in our eNewsletter and in programs at the library later this year. I hope you will join us in honoring her.

If you would like to learn more about her tremendous legacy or programs planned throughout Central Texas in her honor, please visit Mrs. Johnson's Centennial website,


President Johnson once described his wife as one "who reads avariciously." This was quite true. Growing up in a big house where she spent much time on her own, Lady Bird clung to the books her father owned. As a child, she read classic favorites like Uncle Remus, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and Greek and Roman mythology. This appetite for a good book followed her throughout her life. While in the White House, Lady Bird hosted a tea for southern students where great authors like Harper Lee answered questions and gave advice. Even though she led a busy schedule, she always brought a book for any moment that allowed her to recharge and savor a few pages. Lady Bird left many impressions on the American people, but one of the most vital yet subtle was the importance of reading and education.

Commemorative stamp in Mrs. Johnson's honor

he United States Postal Service has announced that Lady Bird Johnson will be recognized with a commemorative stamp to celebrate the centennial of her birth this year.

The new stamp will feature her official White House portrait (at right), as well as the artwork of stamps originally issued in the 1960s to encourage planting flowers to beautify America.

"During her lifetime Lady Bird Johnson was recognized for many achievements related to her advocacy for the environment, including the passing of The Highway Beautification Act of 1965," said postmaster general and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. "We're pleased to join the celebration honoring what would be her 100-year birthday and also to continue to help further her important legacy of creating a more beautiful America."

The stamps are set to be issued for sale nationwide in December. Thanks for sending your letters of support to the Postal Service!

Library Communications

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Next month, the LBJ Library will begin issuing a free monthly eNewsletter featuring exhibit highlights, library news, and a calendar of upcoming events. If you would like to receive the library eNewsletter in addition to the Friends eNewsletter (to which you are already subscribed), please send an email to Margaret Miller: [email protected]