50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

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For a somewhat surprising walk down memory lane, visit the LBJ Library’s exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. In addition to a copy of the report itself, on display are samples of candy cigarettes and a toy cigarette lighter that were marketed to children, as well as ads and images from the era, like this one that features a hospital candy striper selling cigarettes from a cart!

The exhibit will be on display through June 15.

2013 Holiday Museum Crawl

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Enjoy festive music, hot beverages, special discounts and a prize drawing!

‘Tis the season to shop local, and Austin’s Cultural Campus is offering a shopping event to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Downtown Austin is a cultural destination, where unique shops within walking distance of one another offer museum-quality gifts that allow you to make meaningful purchases that support art, history and science in your city.

The Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center have joined forces to present the 2013 Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, December 7, with festive music, hot beverages and special discounts for those who mention the Austin Cultural Campus.

By shopping in Austin museums and cultural centers, you can find distinctive gifts, such as original art work, nature-themed jewelry, dinosaur goodies, collectibles, souvenirs or the official state ornament. For a gift that lasts all year, purchase a membership and receive a free gift at some locations while supplies last. Sign up at any location to be entered in a special prize package drawing.

Explore Austin’s museum shops online:

Blanton Museum of Art

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Harry Ransom Center

LBJ Presidential Library

Texas Memorial Museum

Visual Arts Center

New admission fees at LBJ Presidential Library

Since opening our doors to newly designed exhibits in December of 2012, The LBJ Library has been accepting donations in lieu of charging admission. Government sequestration and other logistical issues have caused a delay in our ability to initiate the new admission fees, voted on and approved by the Board and the Johnson family.

As of November 12, 2013, the Library will begin charging admission. Friends of the LBJ Library, members of Future Forum, and the following groups:

  • Children 12 and under
  • Active Military
  • Members of Friends of the LBJ Library and Future Forum membership groups
  • Student groups (including teachers and chaperones) with reservations
  • UT students, faculty, staff, and administrators with valid ID

Details about the new admission prices area are available on our website.

Another change will occur in late November, when we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Since our opening in 1971, the LBJ Library has been open year ’round, closed only on December 25. Beginning this year, we will also be closed on Thanksgiving and New Years Day.

Join our mailing list for news of upcoming events and exhibits–including a special one-day exhibit of George Washington’s Inaugural Bible in December!

Acts of Congress, Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, and “The Strange Genius of Texas”!

Acts Of CongressVisit the LBJ Library through May 17 for a rare and close-up view of the Acts of Congress, George Washington’s annotated copy of the Laws of the United states, dated 1789. His penciled notes are visible in the margins of this prized artifact, which sold at a Christie’s auction for a record $9.8 million. Add your thoughts and reflections to an album that will travel with the Acts of Congress to each of the 13 Presidential Libraries.

DIG13482The Texas Vietnam Heroes exhibit is a personalized tribute to honor and remember each of the Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Every veteran is represented on a handmade dog tag in a display that may be touched and photographed. Visit this exhibit in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library before July 28 when it will move to San Antonio.

Members of the Future Forum will gather at the Library on May 20 for a lively evening debating the premise of Erica Grieder’s new book, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas. Co-sponsored by Texas Monthly, this event is free for Future Forum members and open to non-members for a fee. Register online to attend.

Finally, former LBJ Library director Harry Middleton taught his last class at the University of Texas in April, and C-SPAN was here to record it. Middleton reflected on his years as a teacher in this article in the Austin American Statesman published last weekend.

Here’s our Question of the Month: Some people claim that bag searches in schools and body scans in airports are intrusive and unconstitutional. Others believe that protecting the  public from harm justifies these procedures. Do you think that security measures should outweigh privacy rights?  Visit the Legacy Gallery in the LBJ Library Great Hall where an interactive Impact Table gives you the opportunity to voice your opinions and vote. You can also vote on our website.

“News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency”

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the LBJ Presidential Library are proud to announce the exhibit, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency. The exhibit, on display at the newly renovated LBJ Presidential Library will run until October 1, 2013.

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.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Briscoe Center in providing our visitors with a riveting journey through 80 years of Presidential administrations,” said Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library.

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.

For more information, visit The Briscoe Center for American History.

How has LBJ’s legacy affected you?

On Presidents Day, the LBJ Library released its new public service announcement featuring Matthew McConaughey. The announcement invites everyone to experience the new exhibits at the library and to consider how their lives would be different if LBJ had never been President.

“Today, younger Americans know about President Lyndon Johnson from their history books,” said Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library. “However, the legislation signed by Lyndon Johnson still affects us today and we hope this PSA will inspire not only new generations, but all generations, to visit the Library to understand LBJ’s legacy and the impact it has on their lives.”

See for yourself!

LBJ Library Open House & Ribbon Cutting—and JEOPARDY!

This is a big week for the LBJ Library!  On Wednesday 12/19 (3 p.m. EST), LBJ Library director Mark Updegrove will be interviewed on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the redesign and LBJ’s legacy. He’ll be speaking from the UT satellite facility.

On Thursday, 12/20 (8-9 p.m. EST) Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson will be featured on NBC in “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember.”An encore presentation will air on Friday, December 21 (9-10 p.m. EST).

On Friday 12/21, the LBj Library will be a featured category on JEOPARDY! Tune in to KXAN at 4:30 to test your knowledge of the 36th President. Read more about it here.

Then join us on Saturday 12/22 for a FREE grand opening celebration of our brand new films and exhibits. The open house will begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting at 10. We’ll feature special activities throughout the day, including:

  • a special greeting from Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Robb Johnson
  • live music by Sid Fly, Austin Children’s Choir, and River City Pops
  • a Post Office “pictorial cancellation” event
  • giveaways for visitors of all ages
  • book signings by Mike Gillette, Harry Middleton, Mark Updegrove and Louann Temple
  • birthday cake in honor of  Mrs. Johnson’s Centennial

You can finish up your holiday shopping at The Store at LBJ, where the new USPS Lady Bird postage stamps will be available. The Library and store will close at 5 p.m.

Check our website for a schedule of the day’s events.

And don’t forget to set your TIVO to record JEOPARDY! on Friday at 4:30!

See you there!

The Store at LBJ invites you to celebrate!

The Store at LBJ

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Please join us for our Grand Opening Reception! This special evening event features trunk shows with artist Sue Kemp and local jeweler Wimberly. When? Thursday, September 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. Refreshments provided. Parking is free and available in UT Lot 38, which can be entered from Red River.

Register here!

Update on LBJ Library Redesign

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A New Day for LBJ
An update on the major redesign of the LBJ Library

In late March, the bulk of the major construction in redesigning the LBJ Library begins. Visitors should expect that the core exhibits of the Library will be closed. Visitors are encouraged to check the Library website often for updates on our progress, www.lbjlibrary.org.

Ground Floor and Great Hall Exhibits (3rd and 4th floors)
Beginning March 26, 2012, the core exhibits of the LBJ Library will close for renovation.

Tenth Floor Exhibits
Currently through mid-July: Oval Office and First Lady’s Gallery will be open

Museum Store
The Museum Store is scheduled to open in late April.

The Library’s Reading Room will remain open for researchers during regular business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

When the redesign is complete, visitors will enjoy a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country’s history.

“This is a new day for LBJ,” says Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director. “President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his presidency, along with the triumphs and turmoil of the times. Now is our opportunity to present this story using 21st century technology with state-of-the art interactive elements.”

The last major renovation of the LBJ Library was in 1984. This redesign will take about one year to complete, with a grand opening scheduled for December 2012, in celebration of what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday.

Highlights of the Library redesign:
• In fifteen interactive locations, visitors will pick up telephones to hear the voice of President Johnson in recorded telephone conversations.
• Visitors will have access to a hand-held guide featuring a touch screen that makes photos, audio, and videos available to the user.
• The Museum Store will double in size.
• The animatronic LBJ – the life-size figure of LBJ who moves and tells tall tales – is getting a new suit of clothes and will be part of an exhibit on LBJ Humor.
• There will be 3 new theaters showing films on Civil Rights, LBJ’s Legacy, and The First Family.
• New interactive exhibits will include: “The Journey of a Bill” illustrating how a bill is passed in Congress, “Lasting Impact” showing how legislation enacted in the Johnson administration still resonates today, and an exhibit about the Archives, giving the visitor a firsthand look inside the archival boxes, along with a guide to exploring the historical papers.
• The 10th floor will feature the “First Family in the White House.”
• In the section on the Vietnam War, the visitor will act as an advisor to the president and will participate in 3 key decision points in the War.

Renovation of the LBJ Library will be funded by private donations through the
non-profit Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The Foundation provides funding not available from the federal government to enhance the visiting public’s experience and provides grants for scholars and researchers who come to mine the Library’s vast collections.

About the LBJ Library and Museum
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of recordings from the public career of Lyndon Johnson and his close associates.

The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


LBJ Library Exhibits and Redesign Update

Plan Your Visit to the LBJ Library in 2012!
Here’s Your Timeline for the Redesign and a List of New Exhibits.
Major Redesign Project is Underway.

For the rest of this year, there will be construction on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction; however, parts of the Library will be closed at times. Because construction work can be unpredictable, please check the Library’s website, www.lbjlibrary.org, for updates on construction.

While the redesign is underway, you will have the opportunity to enjoy several new, temporary exhibits.

Current – March 25: Etched Memory: Icons of American Photography at the Briscoe Center. This exhibit features ten iconic photographs that help define the American visual memory of the last 70 years.
(Location: lobby outside the elevators on the 4th floor.)

Current – March 25: United States Secret Service. This exhibit chronicles the history of the Secret Service and pays tribute to the heroic special agents who put their lives on the line.
(Location: Great Hall.)

February 25 – March 25: Artwork from The Lorax. To coincide with the release of a new Lorax 3D film, the Library will display ten of the original drawings made by Dr. Seuss for The Lorax book.
(Location: Great Hall.)

To plan your visits to the Library, here is a timeline of the construction:

Until March 2012
• Lobby, main exhibit floors, and Oval Office remain open.
• Museum Store is closed for renovation.

March 2012 – December 2012
• New Museum Store opens in early April.
• Main exhibit floors will be closed.
• Oval Office exhibit will close for a few weeks in December.

December 2012
• Grand Opening as part of the celebration of what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday.