President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson posing in front of the new LBJ Library. [LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe #D4110]

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson posing in front of the new LBJ Library. [LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe #D4110]


Feb 17, 2013

Free Admission,10% discount at the Store, & Longhorn Singers

Visit the Library’s new core exhibits and an exhibit of iconic photographs, News to History:  Photojournalism and the Presidency from the Briscoe Center.

What:      Open House, Free Admission for UT students/faculty/staff
                 Enjoy redesigned Library exhibits and new photography exhibit from UT’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

When:     Sunday, February 17
                 1 – 5 p.m.
                1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Performance by the Longhorn Singers

Where:    2313 Red River St.

Media Contact: Anne Wheeler
               (512) 721-0216
               [email protected]
AUSTIN –  The LBJ Presidential Library is inviting UT students, faculty, and staff to experience new innovative, state-of-the art exhibits giving visitors a contemporary experience relating to one of the most significant Presidents and eras in our country’s history. By incorporating the latest technology and interactive elements used in museums today, the Library has a completely new look and feel.

“Our goal is for visitors to better understand this largely misunderstood President,” said Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director.  “The redesigned Library provides meaningful context to the vast and sweeping legislation passed during the Johnson Administration and visitors will learn how those laws impact us today.  Exhibits will explore all aspects of Johnson’s Presidency, including the Vietnam War.  President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his
Presidency-- the triumphs and the turmoil.  Now we share this story with new generations.”

While the LBJ Library plans to charge an admission fee, admission will always be free for UT students, faculty, and staff (with ID.)

“UT Day” comes as The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History opens a new temporary exhibit; “News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency,” February 15 - October 1, at the newly renovated LBJ Library.

Showcasing the Briscoe Center’s unparalleled photographic collections, News to History highlights the thirteen Presidential administrations from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. The exhibit features the iconic images that captured the interaction of each President with their era.

“Historians use a wide variety of sources to interpret the past, but the still photographs shot by photojournalists are among the most compelling sources we have for documenting and understanding our history,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. “The photographs we are displaying in News to History are an outstanding example of the value of this resource for teaching and research.”

About the LBJ Presidential Library
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen Presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its mission is to preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibits and educational programs; to advance the LBJ Library's standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world. 
The Library is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day). For more information about the Library, please visit

About The Dolph Briscoe Center
Since 1992, the Center has conducted an ambitious program to collect and preserve the historically valuable imagery produced by photojournalists. The photographers whose work is displayed in News to History have placed their archives with the Briscoe Center. Today, the Briscoe Center preserves the largest single collection of photographs of the U.S. Presidency outside of Washington, D.C.

In addition to photographic holdings (such as slides, negatives, prints, and tear sheets), the photojournalism collections comprise such archival materials as personal papers, correspondence, diaries, news stories, and three-dimensional artifacts. The combination of these materials provides researchers with remarkable primary source evidence for interpreting history. The Briscoe Center is an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin.