July 2012

Jul 01, 2012

Happy (almost) Independence Day!

Now that we've learned more about the Constitution - and how it can be improved (or, at least, one man thinks it can be improved), we are ready for more adventures. (By the way, if you missed Kevin Bleyer, you missed an entertaining and informative evening.) On August 23rd, we will have a 10th Anniversary celebration that is not to be missed. Then, this Fall, we will have events on the upcoming election, celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated LBJ Library, and more.

We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events

10th Anniversary Bash
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Save the date for our 10th Anniversary Bash on August 23! More details will be mailed and emailed soon.

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster met and discussed Greenback Planet by H.W. Brands a few weeks ago and is already choosing its next selection. For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards.

Thanks to those who came out for our Public Policy Cluster meeting on May 3. We had a wide-ranging discussion of women's contraception. Please email Rico Reyes to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.

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

Kevin Bleyer: A More Perfect Constitution

"Daily Show" writer Kevin Bleyer kept members of the Future Forum and KLRU Next laughing June 15th with excerpts from his new book Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America. Bleyer admitted he doesn't expect his revisions to be adopted, but he does hope his book will encourage more people to learn about the Constitution and the Framers.

A webcast of his talk is available on the Future Forum site now!

Doers & Builders

July's Doers & Builders - Young Women's Alliance

The Young Women's Alliance (YWA) is an organization of women that empowers its members to develop personally and professionally through educational programs and opportunities to lead, network and serve. YWA envisions a community of limitless opportunities where every woman reaches her full potential. YWA also proudly supports the YWA Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants to women to help them pursue their academic endeavors.

For more information or to join, please visit the YWA website.

At the LBJ Library and Museum

A New Look: Renovation Update

The LBJ Library and Museum is in the midst of 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 months, new exhibits will be installed on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

The Store at LBJ has re-opened in in its new, expanded space! Please come by to take advantage of your member discount and shop the wonderful mix of gifts and memorabilia.

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction. However, the permanent and special exhibits on the 3rd and 4th floors are now closed, and the First Ladies Gallery on the 10th floor will close in mid-July. 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.

Other Community Events

Movies Under the Stars continues at the LBJ Ranch on Saturday, July 14. Gregory Peck stars in Marooned, the 1969 Academy award-winner for special effects, about a NASA mission gone awry. Run time is 2 hours 14 minutes and will be shown on the big screen on the lawn at the LBJ Ranch. Gates open 7 p.m. and show time is at dusk. For more info, please visit the LBJ National Park website.

Registration for the 14th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure is officially OPEN! We will turn downtown Austin PINK on Sunday, November 4, 2012, but can't do it without you. It's never too early to join in our commitment to being the voice for those we've lost, to honor those we call survivors and to serve those in need right here in Central Texas. Register now!

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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