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LBJ Library in Austin to unveil 10 million dollar update December 22

Dec 11, 2012

by Kelley Shannon

[published by The Dallas Morning News on December 8, 2012]

On what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday this month, the LBJ Presidential Library is showing off a new design and interactive exhibits geared toward today’s tech-savvy world. A public unveiling of the new look takes place Dec. 22, capping weeks of events celebrating the former first lady and the yearlong $10 million redesign of the Library on the University of Texas campus.

Innovative exhibits will show how legislation that was passed during Lyndon B. Johnson’s Presidency relates to life today, Library director Mark K. Updegrove said in announcing the lineup.

“Our goal is for visitors to better understand this largely misunderstood president,” Updegrove said.

On the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Library will offer live music, birthday cake, book signings and tours.

As part of the season of celebration, the Library recently hosted a conference on the legacies of America’s first ladies honoring Lady Bird Johnson, who died in 2007, and Presidential wives of modern times.

Lynda Johnson Robb, one of Johnson’s two daughters, took part in a panel discussion with other children of former Presidents.

She noted that Lady Bird Johnson, an early champion of conservation, didn’t like the word “beautification” but is often thought of as “the Johnny Appleseed” of natural beauty. read more