July 2012

Dear Friends,

We look forward to sharing the new, redesigned core exhibit on President and Mrs. Johnson at the end of the year. In the meantime, please be sure to check which part of our exhibit is currently on view before you visit us this summer.

Our fall programs and speakers will be announced later this summer in our print newsletter Among Friends and online. Count on a remarkable slate of speakers.

All the best,

Mark K. Updegrove

New Library eNewsletter

In August, 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].

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, ladybirdjohnson.org.

Wildflower Center

Nestled a little ways outside the heart of downtown Austin is one of Lady Bird Johnson's largest environmental contributions. Mrs. Johnson always expressed an interest in wildflowers, and it was not just because they were easy on the eyes. She understood wildflowers on a biological level and always had a curiosity to learn more. Understanding how important wildflowers were to the ecosystem, she yearned to start a place where they could be studied. Started with a generous donation from both Mrs. Johnson and longtime-friend and actress, Helen Hayes, The National Wildflower Research Center (now known as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) was founded in 1982. Today, the Center is operated as an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin and has many thousands of visitors each year. Lady Bird felt that she was "paying rent for the space I have taken up in this highly interesting world."

Campaign for a commemorative stamp

Everyone knows what a gracious and remarkable woman Lady Bird Johnson was. Her dynamic leadership to beautify our public spaces and preserve the natural environment continues to grace our lives today. Her public support of the poor and disenfranchised helped bring change to the American landscape, and she continues to be an inspiration to the many whose lives she touched.

Several of Mrs. Johnson's friends are organizing a campaign to create a Lady Bird Johnson commemorative stamp from the U. S. Postal Service to celebrate her Centennial at the end of this year. They have recruited several influential people in Washington to write letters to the Postal Service on behalf of this effort and hope to have it approved soon so that it can be issued in December. The more letters the Postal Service receives, the better, so please join several former First Ladies and other dignitaries and send your enthusiastic letter of support to:

The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20260

with a copy of the letter to

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
1735 North Lynn Street, Suite 5013
Arlington, VA, 22209-6432

Renovation update

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the renovation. However, most of our exhibits are now closed, including the permanent and special exhibits on the third and fourth floors. The First Ladies Gallery on the tenth floor will close in mid-July, though the Oval Office replica will remain open. Please visit the renovation project webpage for regular updates on construction and a list of what is available to see.

As shown in the photo at left, President and Mrs. Johnson's 1968 Lincoln Continental limousine has been moved to its new home in the lobby.

LBJ Friends on Facebook

The Friends of the LBJ Library now has a Facebook page! Visit LBJ Library Friends and "like" us to receive program and exhibit updates, Library news, and LBJ tidbits on your feed.

The LBJ Library & Museum also has a Facebook page and Twitter feed. Join the conversation to learn more!

Animatronic LBJ is now tweeting! Follow @Animatronic LBJ to see what's happening in and around the LBJ Library through his eyes.