May 2013

From a firsthand view of George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress to an in-depth look at the history of Scientology, May brings a number of interesting opportunities to connect with the LBJ Library. Two compelling temporary exhibits, Texas Vietnam Heroes and News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency, are also on display. We hope to see you soon!

An Evening With Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer-Prize winning author and The New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright will join us May 9 to speak on his new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. The Texas Book Festival will co-sponsor the evening, which is open to Friends of the LBJ Library.

Wright based his book on more than two hundred interviews with current and former Scientologists, as well as other sources. It offers an exhaustive account of the church, from its founding by L. Ron Hubbard to its present-day leadership under David Miscavige. More details are available on our website.

Acts of Congress at the LBJ Library

George Washington's personal copy of the Laws of the United States, First Session 1789, also known as the Acts of Congress, will be on display in the Great Hall at the LBJ Library from May 6 - 17 through a special partnership between the National Archives and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

Visitors will have a chance to become part of history by offering their personal reflections on the Constitution and the American Presidency via "The Acts of Congress and You" blog or a hard cover book. Learn more here.

Bike Tour of Austin's Cultural Campus

Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces) on May 11 to explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. The total distance is approximately 6 miles.

We'll visit museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights. Registration details are on our website.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Phillips

After serving 30 years as an LBJ Library docent, Mrs. Sarah Phillips recently retired from the LBJ Library Volunteer Program. Sarah began volunteering in the second year of our program. She gave a total of 5,262 hours of her valuable time greeting visitors at the desk and providing thousands of tours of the Library's exhibits to children. She also did outreach for the Library, speaking to local groups about White House China.

At our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in April, Sarah was presented with this framed photo and certificate of recognition for her 30 years of service. Her time and devotion to the LBJ Library means the world to us. Read more.