December 2011

Dec 01, 2011

Happy Holidays. We know that you are all quite busy this holiday season, but we hope you will come spend some time with the Future Forum and/or the extended LBJ family. As you know from the invitation we sent out last week, the Future Forum will be hosting a family friendly get-together on December 10th at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We will meet in the Center's Library for appetizers and then enjoy the Luminations holiday celebration. We hope you will join us (and bring the family)! Future Forum members are also invited to come to the Hill Country on Sunday the 11th for the grand opening of the entire ground floor of the LBJ Ranch (and don't forget to check out the lights on the Courthouse in Johnson City on the way back into town).

We are also busy planning events for the new year, including an event on criminal justice that should not be missed. Happy Holidays and we hope to see you this holiday season. Oh ... and one more thing - don't forget that a Future Forum membership is a great gift to give a friend or family member!

See you soon!


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

We invite you and your family or friends to join us on Saturday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.We'll meet in the Center's Library at 5:00 p.m. for kid-friendly appetizers. At 6:00 p.m., we'll join the public for Luminations, the Wildflower Center's holiday celebration with thousands of lights, live music, kids crafts, and a puppet show. Please bring two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank.

A detailed schedule of activities that evening is listed on the Wildflower Center's website. Please RSVP by emailing Sarah McCracken with the number of adults/kids in your party.

Future Forum members are also invited to a special LBJ Library program on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak to the Friends of the LBJ Library and invited guests on "Protecting our Democracy, Protecting the Right to Vote" in the LBJ Auditorium. Please email [email protected] to register. More details are available on the Library website.

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster will meet Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. to read Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. If you would like to join us, please meet at Galaxy Cafe on West Lynn. For information on the Book Cluster, 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 Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

Recent Events

Formula 1: The Basics and Beyond
On October 13, Bruce Knox of Circuit of the Americas joined us to share about the new facility being built in Austin for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix and MotoGP, primarily, and for entertainment and educational purposes as well.

Interested in learning more about their plans, especially in light of recent uncertainty about the contracts? The webcast is now available online.

A Passel of Other Information

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Not sure if your membership is current?Email Sarah McCracken.Renew online today!

Doers & Builders

December's Doers & Builders - Explore Austin

Founded in 2006, Explore Austin's mission is to "change the lives of underserved youth through the combination of mentoring and outdoor adventure." To accomplish this mission, we match adult mentors with underserved sixth grade youth, provide monthly outdoor adventures for mentors and mentees to experience together, and culminate every year with a weeklong wilderness trip in the mountains of Colorado. In addition to adventure, all of our activities integrate a renowned youth development framework created by the Search Institute in Minnesota.

What makes our program even more unique is that our Explorers enter the program in 6th grade and remain through the graduation of high school. In addition, our mentors commit to a minimum of two years service, hoping to establish the deep, personal, and long-term relationships that most of our Explorers' lives are missing. The result is nothing short of profound, for the Explorer and for the mentor.

To learn more about how to become involved or to donate, visit the Explore Austin website.

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s

The upheavals and social disturbances that characterized the 1960s - clashes of generations, races, genders, cultural values, and political beliefs appeared to have no end. Were they necessary? Were they inevitable? How did they influence our society, and what is their legacy? Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s examines the impact both then and now.

James Naismith's Original Rules of Basket Ball
through January 29, 2012

In 1891, James Naismith, a YMCA physical education instructor in Springfield, Massachusetts, developed the new game of "Basket Ball" to keep his students active indoors. The typed and annotated rules formed the foundation for today's game but were also different in many ways (dribbling had not yet been introduced).

Suzanne and David Booth, friends of The University of Texas at Austin, recently purchased the original rules and are sharing them with the university community for the next year. The rules will be on display at the LBJ Library and Museum through January 29, 2012, and again at the University's Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports next year.

Other Community Events

On Sunday, December 11, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., the LBJ National Historical Park invites you to a Holiday Reception and Silent Auction, including a special preview of the fully restored ground floor of the Texas White House at the LBJ Ranch. Please RSVP by December 2 to [email protected] if you plan to attend. Auction items and details available on the Friends of the LBJ National Park website.

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.


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