June 2011

Jun 29, 2011

I don't know about y'all, but even thoughI haven't been in school in a number of years (and don't have any kids in school), I stillseem to find myself thinking in terms of the school year (and, yes, wanting a nice long summer break!).As some of you know (and experienced), we did do a Field Trip recently, though, so maybe that counts. Thanks to all who came out for our first ever Future Forum field trip. We toured the LBJ Ranch (aka the Texas White House) and had drinks and snacks on the porch of the Sunset House. For those of you who didn't make it, we missed you - and think you missed a fun event.

The clusters will continue to meet some this summer, but the Future Forum will otherwise be a little quiet. Rest assured, though, we will be busy planning great events for the Fall and working to improve the Future Forum. As always, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to let us know. And come on by the library to see the new exhibit and get out of the heat for a while!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

The Future Forum is winding down for the summer, but read below about an upcoming book cluster and community events! Stay tuned for fall dates.

Cluster Activity

Our next Future Forum Book Cluster meeting will be on Thursday, June 2, at 6:15 p.m. at the Galaxy Cafe on West Lynn. At the last meeting, we selected the next book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For information on the Book Cluster, please email Taline Manassian.Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

Turk Pipkin has reached out to the Film Cluster to let us know about the theatrical premiere of his new film, Building Hope. The film will be playing at Violet Crown Cinema from June 3 - 9. This is a great opportunity to check out Violet Crown if you haven't yet and also to support a local filmmaker and friend to Future Forum. Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

Recent Events

40 Years at the LBJ Library & Future Forum Field Trip to the Ranch
Thanks to those of you who joined us to celebrate the Library's 40th anniversary on May 10. Harry Middleton and Mark Updegrove shared Library highlights and goals, and our archivists shared some artifacts and documents from the vast collections. There were many questions about how to go about utilizing the Library's resources. Please contact Sarah McCracken if you have any questions, and she can put you in touch with the right staffperson.

Future Forum also enjoyed a field trip to the LBJ Ranch and Sunset House last weekend. We hope you enjoyed the private tour and time spent exploring the LBJ Ranch.

A Passel of Other Information

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Doers & Builders

June's Doers & Builders - Foster Angels of Central Texas
Foster Angels of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering foster children in Austin and the surrounding areas what they need when they need it most--right now. The mission of Foster Angels is to improve the lives of children in foster care, ensuring that each child has his or her basic needs met, and to provide life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences whenever possible.

Foster Angels helps hundreds of children each year with things such as clothing, summer camp, music lessons, and SAT classes. To learn more about Foster Angels, the children they serve, and how to get involved, please visit www.fosterangelsctx.org or call 512.732.2329.

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s

April 2, 2011 - January 2, 2012

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.

Freedom Riders
May 9, 2011 - June 6, 2011

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961, the LBJ Library and Museum will display a special exhibit in the Great Hall. A detailed narrative of the Rides is illustrated with vivid archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is enhanced by companion audio that allows visitors to hear the poignant eyewitness accounts of the Riders who endured bitter racism and savage beatings, but ultimately changed America forever.

Other Community Events

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Park kicks off the Movies Under the Stars series with a viewing of The Searchers on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m. The movie stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece. The public can drive on to the LBJ Ranch beginning at 7 p.m. with free parking on the taxiway adjacent to the ranch airplane hangar. The movie will be shown in the area adjacent to the historic hangar. Attendees should bring their own choice of seating; picnicking before and during the movie is permitted. More details can be found on the LBJ Park website.

Local nonprofits need talented professionals like you on their boards of directors! Attend Greenlights' 2011 Board Summit on Thursday, June 9, to meet the executive leaders of 50+ Central Texas nonprofits and to network with 300+ business professionals. Hear how board service helps you build professional skills and networks, and learn what you should ask before joining a board of directors. The Board Summit will be from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The keynote will be given by Charles Barnett, FACHE, President & CEO, Seton Family of Hospitals. Register today! Registration is only $35 and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

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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