April 2012

Apr 01, 2012

Welcome to the most beautiful time of the year in the Texas Hill Country.  While we are undergoing renovations at the Library, get outside and enjoy some of the other LBJ family institutions - like the Wildflower Center or the LBJ Ranch.  And, keep your eyes open for our upcoming events - more soon!
In the meantime, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Mark Updegrove's new book, Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.  Mark has served as the Director of the LBJ Library since October 2009 and spoke to the Future Forum about presidents taking office in times of crisis in February 2010.  His new book is an oral history that 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.  You may read more about the book, reviews, and purchasing details on the Library website.  The LBJ Museum Store has not yet re-opened but you may place an order for the book by phone, and current members receive a 10% discount on all purchases from the Store. 
We hope to see you soon.


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

We're planning programs for late April and May-- stay tuned for more details. 

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster is gathering suggestions for their next read; the next meeting will be in early June.  For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards.

Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.
Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for future announcements related to the Film Cluster.  See you at the movies!

Recent Events  

Game Change and Central Texas Education

Thank you for joining us at two events last month: the screening and discussion of Game Change on March 11, and a full day fastforward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin on March 27. 

A webcast of the post-screening discussion with Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann is available online.  They speak candidly about the making of the new HBO film, the controversy it has created, and the 2012 presidential campaign.  It's worth watching!
Portions of the March 27 Issues Forum Whatever it Takes: Central Texas Education Now and Prospects for the Future will be available online soon.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

Doers & Builders

April's Doers & Builders -  The Trail Foundation 
Since its formation in 2003, The Trail Foundation has devoted its efforts to protecting and enhancing the Trail at Lady Bird Lake. They fulfill their mission through careful improvements to the Trail's infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail's founders.
In a distinctively collaborative effort, TTF works in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to close the gap between what the government provides and what the Trail requires.
For more information, please visit the Trail Foundation website. The annual Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run will be held June 8, 2012.  Save the date!  Registration details will be posted soon.  

At the LBJ Library and Museum

A New Look: Renovation Update
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.

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction.  However, the permanent and special exhibits on the 3rd and 4th floors are now closed.  The LBJ Museum Store will re-open in its new, expanded space this spring.  Please visit the renovation project webpage for a timeline, video from the Director about the project, behind the scenes pictures, a link to our Tumblr site, and updates on construction. You may also sign up for email progress reports which will feature new photos and videos.

Other Community Events

On Friday, April 27, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will celebrate Mrs. Johnson's centennial year and the thirtieth anniversary of the Center with their annual gala.  Tickets are now available on the Wildflower Center website. 

Save the date for the annual Barbeque at the LBJ Ranch on Saturday, May 5.  Riders in the Sky will provide a 90 minute show, and The Salt Lick will cater.  Tickets are $100.  For more information, please visit the events webpage for the Friends of the LBJ National Park. 

Thanks to our Founding Sponsor:
and our Sponsors:
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
Joe Cooks! Catering
James G. Kaighin, Jr. CFP (r)
Ratliff Law Firm
Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Thank you for your continued involvement in, and support of, the Future Forum.
LBJ Future Forum
email: [email protected] 
phone: (512) 721-0176
web:  lbjfutureforum.org 

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


Founding Sponsor: Texas Monthly
Sponsors: Austin Wine Merchant
Joe Cooks
Karbach Brewing Company