February 2010

Feb 01, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day. Of course, living in Austin, we already know what we will get - uncertainty! Mostly spring/early summer, with a few days of winter mixed in, sometimes on the same spring day. So, get ready to get outside. If you want to find us, come do the LBJ 100 in March, a fun bike ride that also raises money for the Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park in the Hill Country.

When you are not enjoying the beautiful early summer weather, we hope you will make it by some of our upcoming Future Forum events. On February 17, our new Library Director, Mark Updegrove, will speak on Obama's first year in office. We also have a great event planned for March on Marfa, as well as some opportunities to attend tapings of Texas Monthly Talks. And, we are working on a few other things that we can't reveal just yet, but will be well worth the wait. All in all, it looks to be a great year. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
In celebration of Presidents' Day, new Library Director Mark Updegrove will lead a dialogue on President Obama's first year in office on February 17. He will also share stories from his most recent book Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis. Published last January, Baptism By Fire examines eight presidents who took office in times of unprecedented crisis, how they dealt with the burdens they inherited, the role of character in leadership, and the lessons they provide for President Obama. After the discussion, Future Forum members will have an opportunity to meet Updegrove. I hope you will plan to join us to welcome him!

Please also save the date for our next program, on March 25, with Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein. More details to come!
As an extra benefit of membership, Future Forum members are occasionally invited to tapings of Texas Monthly Talks with Evan Smith. There are three tapings coming up that are open to a limited number of Future Forum members. Please email Sarah McCracken if you wish to attend, and include which date.

  • Newsweek Editor Jon Meachum on February 8, 2:45 p.m.
  • Now on PBS Host David Brancaccio on February 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on February 17, 10:15 a.m.

Cluster Activity

For information on the Film Cluster or to be added to the distribution list, please email Catherine Robb.
The Book Club has chosen its next book, Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis, penned by LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove. We plan to meet February 3 at 6:15 p.m. at Mozart's on Lake Austin Boulevard. Please email Taline Manassian for more information about the Book Club.

We will also be re-launching the Public Policy Group soon, so get ready!

Recent Events

Re-Gift Party

Thanks to those of you who joined us for our annual Re-Gift party! Thanks also to Joe Cooks! Catering for hosting us at the new cafe, Joe's Place.

A webcast of Behind the Lens: White House Photography from LBJ to Obama, featuring White House photographers David Hume Kennerly, David Valdez, Robert McNeely, and Eric Draper, is now available. This event was sponsored by the LBJ Library and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

A Passel of Other Information

The Future Forum is now on Twitter! You may follow us at https://twitter.com/LBJFutureForum to stay up to date on events and news!

The Future Forum has recently moved from a FaceBook group to a FaceBook page. Become a fan and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters!

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

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

Viewing of the Declaration of Independence Broadside

Visit one of 25 surviving Declaration of Independence broadsides on Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Known as the Dunlap broadside, this original copy of the Declaration of Independence was printed on the evening of July 4, 1776. The Dunlap broadsides were delivered to the nation's founders early in the morning of July 5, 1776. One copy was officially entered into the Congressional Journal, and additional copies of the freshly drafted Declaration of Independence were carried by riders on horseback throughout the colonies and read aloud to assembled colonists. Producer Norman Lear acquired a Dunlap broadside of the Declaration in June 2000 with the goal of bringing the "People's Document" directly to Americans - especially young people - to inspire them to participate in civic activism, to exercise their rights, and above all, to vote. For more information, please visit the Library website.

Doers & Builders

February's Doers & Builders - Explore Austin

Founded in 2006, Explore Austin combines the benefits of mentoring and outdoor adventure in a six-year program for 6th through 12th grade boys (with a girls' program beginning in 2011). Focusing on team building and leadership training, the program's mission is to create opportunities for inner-city boys to develop the skills, tools, and habits they need in order to become effective leaders.
With seven Saturday events throughout the school year, a community service project, and a week long summer wilderness trip to remote destinations, Explore Austin seeks and attracts motivated students who want to learn how to lead, see parts of the country they have never seen before, make lasting friendships, and seek challenges. Our hands-on approach and belief in learning by doing means our Explorers leave the program more confident, more experienced, and ready to lead. To date, Explore Austin has impacted the lives of its Explorers through a total of over 21,000 hours of mentoring, 72 Saturday Events, 10 weeks of wilderness trips, and various community service projects.

For more information about how to become involved, please visit the Explore Austin website.

Other Community Events

The 3rd Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour on March 27 will signal the beginning of the spring cycling season in the gorgeous Hill Country. Beginning and ending on the air strip of the historic LBJ Ranch, with routes of 10, 30, 44, and 65 miles, the venue is one of scenic, quiet country lanes and hilly, low-traffic, smooth-surface ranch roads. As an added feature, Luci Baines Johnson will lead a "Historical Tour of the LBJ Ranch." This narrated tour of the ranch landmarks is a not-to-be-missed event included in the registration price. For more information, please visit www.LBJ100BicycleTour.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