July 2013

July is the perfect time to honor and remember Texas veterans. The 3417 Project is an award-winning exhibit created by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. Each of the Texas soldiers who died in the Vietnam War is represented with a handcrafted dog tag featuring his name, rank, branch of service, home of record, and date of loss. Each tribute tag may be touched and photographed. This exhibit will be on display through July 28, when it will travel to San Antonio.

Visit the LBJ Library free of charge on July 4th!

"First Ladies" Dolls by Madame Alexander

A selection of dolls from the "First Ladies Collection" series designed by Beatrice "Madame" Alexander will be on display in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library through November 24. The collection consists of 38 dolls - from Martha Washington to Pat Nixon. Each is identified with a label and the dates she served as First Lady or First Hostess.

Alexander believed that creative play was important to a child's development and that dolls could "teach us all an important lesson: how to live in peace." Collectors won't want to miss this special exhibit. Download the LBJ Library app to view the entire collection as well as the compelling story behind Madame Alexander's doll company.

Educational Programs at the LBJ Library

While the LBJ Library Education department stays busy year round working with museum visitors, teacher workshops make summer especially busy. In June, Education Specialist Amanda Melancon traveled to Abilene, Texas to conduct a three-day workshop for the Education Service Center in Region 14. Teachers from around the area attended to learn what the LBJ Library has to offer. We will also be traveling to the Truman Presidential Library to present as part of their week-long symposium on U.S. Presidents and the Middle East, featuring scholars and Education Specialists from several Presidential Libraries.

Our Education department also works with Advanced Placement Summer Institutes through the University of Texas. These subject-specific professional development opportunities help teachers support their AP courses and provide them with the opportunity to participate in our classroom activities and tour our museum exhibits.

At the end of July, we will conduct our annual research-based workshop, Primarily Teaching. This workshop is limited to 10 teachers and was filled to capacity last year with teachers from Texas and Missouri. During this workshop, teachers choose a topic from our archives and conduct research in the Reading Room culminating with the creation of a lesson plan, project, presentation, or other educational materials, which are later shared on our website.