January 2013

New Year, New Look

Two thousand and twelve went out on a high note for the LBJ Library.  On December 22nd, over a thousand visitors from 32 states and a handful of countries joined us to open our new exhibits on LBJ and his consequential presidency.  Since then, we've had record numbers of visitors coming through the Library.  If you haven't seen the new exhibit, I encourage you to come and take a look.  I think you'll be pleased and will understand what all the fuss is about.

We're putting the finishing touches on our spring calendar, which we'll send to you soon so that you can start planning around our Evening With programs.  In the meantime, members at the Fellow, Legacy, and Lifetime levels will receive invitations to hear Civil Rights pioneer Andrew Young speak at our annual Tom Johnson Lecture on January 31st.

Happy New Year to all,

Mark Updegrove


New exhibits open
Friends membership changes
Get Involved
Ambassador Andrew Young to speak

The second annual Tom Johnson Lecture will be presented by civil rights activist Andrew Young on January 31 at 6:00 p.m.  Fellow, Legacy, and Lifetime members will receive invitations by mail within the week.

Other members of the Friends will not receive a mailed invitation and cannot request tickets by email or phone, but may participate in the public ticket distribution. A limited number of public tickets will be available at the LBJ Library's Information Desk beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14. (Lines may form earlier.) Tickets will be available at the Information Desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day while they last. Limit two per person. Tickets are required for entry to the lecture; your Friends membership card will not admit you to this lecture.

The lecture is not part of our Evening With speaker series. More details about the lecture and Ambassador Young's distinguished career are available online.

New exhibits open

On December 22, the LBJ Library unveiled state-of-the-art exhibits giving visitors a contemporary experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country's history.  By incorporating the latest technology and interactive elements used in museums today, the Library has a completely new look and feel.

Nearly 1,100 visitors from around the world visited the Library on December 22 to celebrate Mrs. Johnson's centennial and see our new look.

"President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his Presidency - the triumphs and the turmoil. Now we share this story with new generations," said Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director.  Read more about the redesign online.

Friends membership changes

Although the Library will soon charge an admission fee, members will continue to enjoy free admission year-round.  Please present your membership card at the membership station at the front desk when you arrive.  Members will also enjoy complimentary rentals of our new multimedia exhibit guide.

As a result of the change in admission policy, we have added two new membership levels - a $30 Museum Membership and a $45 Family Museum Membership.  Members at these new levels will enjoy free admission, a 10% discount in The Store at LBJ, and our monthly eNewsletter.  For more details on the new levels and the corresponding benefits, please visit our membership page online.