March 2012

Dear Friends,

I hope you'll join us March 20 as we welcome LBJ alums Tom Johnson and Larry Temple and Texas Monthly Deputy Editor Brian Sweany to discuss LBJ's life and evolving legacy around the launch of my book. Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency will hit book stands a week earlier. Signed copies will be sold on March 20, or you may pre-order a copy by calling the Museum Store at (512) 232-2396. All proceeds for the book benefit the LBJ Foundation.

We continue to make progress on our renovation, and look forward to opening the Museum Store next month.

All the best,

Mark K. Updegrove

An Intimate View of the Indomitable LBJ

On March 20 at 6:00 p.m., LBJ Administration alumni Tom Johnson and Larry Temple will join me for a candid discussion on the life and evolving legacy of Lyndon Johnson. Moderating the conversation will be Brian Sweany, Deputy Editor of Texas Monthly, which excerpts the book in its March issue. The Texas Book Festival and Texas Monthly will co-sponsor the evening.

Indomitable Will provides a portrait of LBJ through the stories and recollections of those who were with him day in and day out during his presidency - friends and family members, aides and cabinet members, political allies and enemies, and members of the White House press pool - and in Johnson's own words through historic phone conversations.

Signed copies of Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency will be sold from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Auditorium lobby. To pre-order a copy, please call Blair Newberry at the LBJ Museum Store at (512) 232-2396. All proceeds for the book will benefit the LBJ Foundation.

An RSVP is required to attend. Please return the postcard enclosed with your invitation or email your response to [email protected] by March 12. Please bring your new laminated membership cards for admittance; your membership card will serve as your ticket. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. A reception will follow the program.

Access to the Auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Handicapped access will be through the Library's main entrance. Free parking is available in the Library visitors' lot (#38), and #39 after 5:00 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

Mrs. Johnson's Centennial Year

Had she lived, Mrs. Johnson would celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 of this year. As such, we will remember Mrs. Johnson each month in our eNewsletter, and - later this year - in programs at the Library. I hope you will join us in honoring her legacy.

If you would like to learn more about her tremendous legacy or programs throughout Central Texas in her honor, please visit Mrs. Johnson's Centennial website,

Lady Bird Express

One of Lady Bird Johnson's largest contributions to the legacy of the Johnson Administration was helping to secure her husband's re-election in 1964. The "Lady Bird Express" was the earliest effort by a first lady to campaign alone. Understanding the necessity to reach out to the South for the upcoming election, Lady Bird set off on a four-day, 1,682 mile excursion across the South. Unsure of its potential, or if it would even make a difference, Lady Bird expressed that the "South to this democratic candidate, and to his wife, is a respected and valued and beloved part of this country." Her genuine attempts to call on the South were met with mixed reactions, as some were very upset with the outcome of the civil rights legislation. However, she was a delight to many when she passed through, especially President Johnson himself, who surprised her by meeting the train in New Orleans (pictured above).

LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton, taken on October 9, 1964.

Renovation Update

As you know, the LBJ Library and Museum has begun work on a major redesign that will give visitors a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country's history. In the coming year, new exhibits will be installed on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

Until March 25, visitors will be able to enjoy the Great Hall of the LBJ Library and its features:
Presidents and First Ladies Portraits
Animatronic LBJ - a life size figure of LBJ telling tall Texas tales
Head of State gifts display
Three special exhibits, including ten of the original drawings from The Lorax©.
The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction. Please visit the renovation project webpage for a timeline, video about the project, behind the scenes pictures, a link to our Tumblr site, and updates on construction.

Save the date

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

  • April 25: An Evening With Frank Deford, moderated by Terry McDonell, Editor of Time Inc. Sports Group
  • May 15: An Evening With Christopher Buckley, moderated by Clay Smith of The Texas Book Festival

For any questions related to your Friends of the LBJ Library membership, please email [email protected].

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LBJ Library and Museum