November 2012

November 2012: This Month at the LBJ Presidential Library

Each day brings us closer to the opening of our extraordinary new core exhibit which will offer visitors a rich cultural and historical destination. Until now, the LBJ Library has been the only one of the thirteen Presidential libraries that has not charged admission. To sustain this vibrant, evolving institution, the LBJ Library will charge admission for the first time in its 41-year history beginning on December 22, when the new exhibit opens to the public. This decision was made after thoughtful consideration by the LBJ Foundation Board and has the support of the Johnson family. 

"President Johnson wanted the Library named for him to use the best technology available, giving visitors a comprehensive, engaging experience," said Larry Temple, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation. "The Board strongly believes that he and Mrs. Johnson would approve this decision." Click here for more information about admission fees and the many free holidays.

The Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies

Join us on November 15 for an intimate look at the role of First Ladies in a one-day conference at the LBJ Library. Afternoon panel discussions featuring historians, former First Lady staff, and children of the Presidents and First Ladies families are free and open to the public. The conference also includes a special presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning Presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly, who will share many of the portraits he has taken of First Ladies through the years.

The 1964 Election

Election day is almost upon us. While this year is expected to be a very close race, in 1964 things were very different. LBJ won by a landslide, 61.1% to 38.5%. But that didn't mean President and Mrs. Johnson weren't closely monitoring the results on Election Day. According to the President's Daily Diary, after the Johnsons voted that morning at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative in Johnson City, they spent the day relaxing at the LBJ Ranch before heading out to the Driskill Hotel in Austin by helicopter around 8 pm. They attended a party at the Governor's Mansion, and then a coffee hour for Senator Yarborough's campaign workers, all the while keeping an eye on the returns. You can see more photos of the Johnsons watching the election results here: just select "Election Day, 1964" from the dropdown menu. And don't forget to vote this year!

LBJ Presidential Library Hosts 2013 Cen-Tex History Fair

The annual Cen-Tex History Fair will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the LBJ Library and Museum. This year's theme is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The annual fair highlights projects middle and high school students have produced using primary and secondary source materials. Learn more here.

Registration for teachers and students will open December 1, 2012 and will close at midnight on January 31, 2013. For more information or to volunteer as a judge for the fair, please email Marsha Sharp or Amanda Melancon.

LBJ: Friend to Austin's Jewish Community

Rumors have long circulated crediting Congressman Lyndon Johnson with helping Jewish families in his congressional district bring relatives and friends out of Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s, thus saving them from the Holocaust. Supporting evidence is slim, and Claudia Anderson, the LBJ Library's Supervisory Archivist, has done extensive research trying to clarify Johnson's role.

Anderson has discovered Johnson contacted American Consuls to arrange immigration visas, wrote letters vouching for refugees' sponsors, and worked to bring refugees into Mexico and Cuba where they could wait to legally immigrate to the U.S.  She also linked Johnson to an arrangement in 1940 permitting 25 young Jewish immigrants to be lodged and trained in National Youth Administration camps across Texas. The result of her research was published recently in Southern Jewish History, the journal of the Southern Jewish Historical Association.

The Store at LBJ

The holidays are just around the corner! Visit the store for a trunk show on November 28 from 4-7 p.m. and find many unique gifts. Jan Reid will be signing copies of his new book. Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. We'll also feature art by Janet Campbell and jewelry crafted by Beth McElhaney and Chris Dial. Refreshments will be served and, as always, parking is free.

The State Dinner Gala

You are cordially invited to The State Dinner, An Evening at the LBJ Presidential Library  gala on December 1, 2012 to celebrate the new permanent exhibit with an evening of 1960s style and panache. This magical event will include a preview of the new exhibit, dinner under the stars on the Plaza, and dancing to the sounds of Motown.

For ticket or sponsorship information, call Samantha Stone at 232-2266. Become part of the new day for LBJ!