[LBJ Library photo #DIG13447-011 by Lauren Gerson]

Presidential Library opens 11 million dollar exhibit that reconsiders LBJ

Dec 16, 2012

 by Michael Barnes

[posted by The Austin American Statesman at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012]

This week, a major Austin institution will attempt to reshape American history. The rebranded and updated LBJ Presidential Library will open its $11 million high-tech permanent exhibit — three years in the making — to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“It takes at least a generation for us to get an objective view of a president and his times,” said library Director Mark Updegrove, a presidential historian and former media executive. “For LBJ it took longer because passions around Vietnam ran so deep. We are now to a point where the long shadow of Vietnam is beginning to recede from LBJ’s legacy. People are beginning to appreciate the prodigious accomplishments of LBJ.” read more