Renovations continue at the Library as our permanent and special exhibit spaces are transformed. The Library's commitment to an honest view of LBJ's life and work - from the triumph of civil rights to the failure of Vietnam - will never change. But the way the information is presented will. It's time to present the story of a 20th-century leader using 21st-century technology. We look forward to sharing the new exhibits with you in December. In the meantime, please be sure to check which exhibits are currently on view before you visit us this summer.
Our fall programs and speakers will be announced at the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
All the best,
Mark K. Updegrove
On May 15, best-selling author and satirist Christopher Buckley entertained with stories about the writing and plot of his new novel, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? about U. S. - China relations. Leading the conversation was Clay Smith, Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, co-sponsor of the program. A video of the evening is now available online.
We also have videos of Frank Deford, Harry Middleton, Julie and David Eisenhower, Eric Holder, Bill Moyers and many others available online.
In The Store at LBJ
The Store at LBJ has an expanded book section which includes the New York Times best sellers The President's Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy and Robert Caro's recent release The Passage of Power, his fourth on LBJ. Also on the shelves are Cronkite, the new biography by Douglas Brinkley, Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hall, and a few remaining signed copies of Sissy Spacek's My Extraordinary Ordinary Life.
Come by and use your 10% member discount for a gift for Dad - Father's Day is June 17th!
The Store at LBJ is open every day but Christmas Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the LBJ Foundation in support of the LBJ Presidential Library.
Mrs. Johnson's Centennial Year
Had she lived, Mrs. Johnson would celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 of this year. We will remember Mrs. Johnson each month in our eNewsletter, and in programs at the Library later this year. I hope you will join us in honoring her legacy.
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.
When President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in his January 1964 State of the Union address, Lady Bird was the first to the front lines. When Sargent Shriver asked the First Lady to serve as the Honorary Chairman of Project Head Start, she replied, "Yes, although I don't like being just 'honorary' anything. If I take it on, I want to work at it." Head Start aimed to prepare low-income, pre-school aged children the summer before they started grade school.
It also aimed to give medical and dental care, if needed. Thanks to the visibility that Lady Bird's involvement provided, Head Start was given early support that has helped solidify its legacy as a stable educational institution that empowers children today. When asked about her participation in the program, Lady Bird said, "I am thrilled by the idea of giving children a Head Start toward the future---a future which is bound to be better because everyone will have a greater part in it."
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. 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 right, 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.