[LBJ Library photo #DIG13467-013 by Lauren Gerson]

Seeing LBJ the High-Tech Way

Apr 22, 2013

by Gwen Gibson
[published in Austin Woman Magazine, April 2013]

A $10 million renovation has given the LBJ Presidential Library a new 21st-century look, with three floors of high-tech, interactive exhibits that bring to life the political and personal lives of LBJ and Lady Bird Johnson. On entering the remodeled museum, visitors can download an app or choose from five hand-held guides.

One is a multi-media tour, including reflections from Mrs. Johnson. Inside the museum, state-of-the-art exhibits invite you to pick up telephones and listen to clips from some 643 hours of President Johnson’s private conversations, something no other presidential library offers. Other exhibits invite you to take part in polls and surveys, hear history lessons, learn step-by-step how laws are passed and engage in ongoing conversations with the library and with social-media sites.

In the Great Hall, where the library’s archives are seen in all their bright red covers, visitors can use a touch screen to access archive materials on any given subject. The renovated library puts even more emphasis on LBJ’s Great Society and anti-poverty programs. read more