June 2013

This summer, step out of the heat and into the many cool exhibits that await you at the LBJ Library. History buffs will enjoy "Photojournalism and the Presidency," which documents every Presidential administration from Roosevelt to Obama with photographs from The Briscoe Center. View a model of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument and touch handcrafted dogtags that represent the 3417 Texas Veterans who served in the Vietnam War. And don't forget to stop by our "First Ladies Collection" of dolls by Madame Alexander for a look at how fashion has changed over the years. See you soon!

Claudia Anderson Honored for Years of Service

On May 7, 2013, Claudia Anderson was honored by the National Archives and Records Administration with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions to the National Archives during 44 years as an archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library.

Library director Mark Updegrove noted that Claudia, "while boasting incredibly impressive credentials, doesn't take much credit for herself. But she gets a lot of credit from renowned authors like Robert Caro, Michael Beschloss and Robert Dallek, who have all cited her in the acknowledgments in their books. She is richly deserving of this award."

Big News from The Store at LBJ!

The Store at LBJ is now online! Members of Friends and Future Forum receive a discount every time they shop. Email [email protected] for your discount code. Just in time for Father's Day, LBJ's iconic Resistol "Open Road" hat is now available for sale at The Store at LBJ as well as online. This beautiful hat is a wonderful gift and simple way to honor the legacy of our 36th President.

Finally, don't miss our Semi Annual Book Sale through June! Buy one from selected titles and get one free.

Behind the Scenes with Bob Tissing

From time to time, the LBJ Library is asked to give behind-the-scenes talks and tours to VIP groups and special guests. Bob Tissing has been an archivist at the LBJ Library for 37 years and has presented hundreds of in-depth talks about the Archives at the LBJ Library. Topics include the history of the Presidential Library System, the White House telephone recordings and conversations, the storage of presidential materials before a library is actually built, and procedures for carrying out research. Groups are also taken to the stack areas to see where the manuscript boxes are stored. To end the tour, groups are shown to the front row of boxes, which overlooks the Great Hall.

Through the years, Mr. Tissing has addressed a long and impressive list of visitors, including members of Congress, librarians from Russia, China, and Columbia, educators from Latin and South America, Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel), authors from the Texas Book Festival, and the Director of the Peace Corps. Mr. Tissing earned a BA from Baylor University, MA in History from Baylor, and Master of Library Science from UT Austin. He was a charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and served as Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists.