May 2011

May 02, 2011

Are you ready to celebrate? We hope so, because we will have two (yes, you read that correctly - TWO) celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the LBJ Library this month. First, we will have an in-house (or, in-Library) celebration on May 10th. Check your inbox for an invitation in the coming week. Then, on the 21st, we will have a field trip out to the Texas Hill Country. We will send more information on that soon, but it will be kid-friendly, so feel free to bring your family. The Library itself also has lots going on, including a new exhibit, so come on by for a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Forty years ago this month, Lyndon Johnson dedicated the LBJ Library with the words "It is all here: the story of our time - with the bark off."

Help us celebrate the Library's 40th anniversary on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. Harry Middleton, staff assistant to President Johnson from 1967 to 1969 and former Director of the LBJ Library, will share a few highlights of the Library's history. Current Library Director Mark Updegrove will share his thoughts on the Library's future. We'll also give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Library and Museum holdings. A reception will follow. Please email Sarah McCracken if you plan to attend.

Future Forum members are also invited to join us for a road trip. On Saturday, May 21, we'll head west for a private tour of the LBJ Ranch and refreshments at the Sunset House. We'll meet at the Ranch in Johnson City at a set time (TBD). After the tour, we will visit the Sauer-Beckmann Farm at the LBJ State Park, and then head to Sunset House for snacks and drinks. Families are welcome! Please email Catherine if you plan to attend, and we'll send you details and directions.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson posing in front of the new Library on April 8, 1971. LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe.
Cluster Activity

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!

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.

Recent Events

Doers and Builders Fair
On April 14 the Future Forum partnered with the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce to present a Doers and Builders Fair featuring twenty local nonprofits. Attendees were able to visit with representatives from each organization to learn about opportunities to get involved. Matt Curtis, Communications Director for Mayor Lee Leffingwell, spoke about the difference one person can make in his or her community.

Thanks to AYC for their help with this project!

A Passel of Other Information

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Doers & Builders

May's Doers & Builders - Young Men's Business League

Founded in 1913, the Young Men's Business League (YMBL) is a social service, non-political organization that is comprised of young men typically between the age of 22-40. They have a wide array of professions such as law, banking, marketing, investments, landscape architecture, engineering, technology, and more.

Our mission is simple: to provide deserving children of Austin and the surrounding areas with programs that give them opportunities for personal development, the skills necessary to succeed in school and life, and the hope for a better future. YMBL members run special events such as the Bun Run, Austin Under 40 Awards and the YMBL Golf Classic with all proceeds benefiting the Sunshine Camps. For more information, please visit the YMBL website.

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

On Tuesday, May 3, Leadership Austin will host the final Engage breakfast for the season. Mark Williams, AISD Board President, and Janet Mitchell, AISD Task Force Chair, will discuss leadership lessons. For more information or to register, please visit the Leadership Austin 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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