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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum

We are at Medina Lake near San Antonio, TX now & my computer is very very slow here... It takes hours just to open a blog and comment.... so I haven't forgotten you all I'm just so slow. Please be patient with me... I know it'll get better!

If you visit Austin be sure to find time to tour the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. It's located near the campus of the University of Texas and there is no charge for admission. We visited it and it was very emotional for us as we remembered an era of so much tragedy & war... and yet some of the best days of our lives. What a mix of feelings!

picture on the right is the fountain & Texas Longhorn Stadium

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). And what an eventful period it was: the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of John F. and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, the Vietnam war, the Black Civil Rights Movement, the creation of government funding for welfare, NASA, social security, education funding..... It was a busy the time period was when LBJ was in the White House. The exhibition also moves away from politics to help you discover the Swinging Sixties era through music, fashion, books, etc. Remember Twiggy, The Beatles and the British invasion of music???

The museum contains a replica of LBJ's White House Oval Office as it was during his terms as President. Many exhibits related to his policy while in the White House as well as other interesting items like one of his limousines from his Presidency on display as well as an animatronic LBJ decked out in Western wear trading folksy and funny stories of which Johnson was well known for.
The Oval Office as it was in the 60's

The archives and Presidential seal

Johnson's limousine & Car given to him from Henry Ford II

In addition, a gallery highlighting the First Lady's life from the Johnson's first date to their adventure in politics is nicely organized on the top floor. Also featured is one of her ball gowns and a nod to The Lady Bird Special, her contribution to LBJ's Presidential campaign. Each First Lady has the privilege of choosing the pattern of china they will be using in the White House.
Lady Bird choice was a Texas Wildflower design.

This was a very memorable & emotional visit... I highly recommend it !

Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!


Kat said...

Donna, I'm so glad you got to visit the Presidential Library. I think the exhibits are beautifully done and it really is a beautiful facility. I hope that at some point in your travels you will get to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Of course there's not alot blooming right now, but it is a gorgeous place. Travel safe and have fun in San Antonio. At least you've got some sunshine this weekend. Kathy

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for taking us on a tour with you.
Happy Valentine's Day.

I hope your speed picks up. Sometimes mine slows down and it is so frustrating.
Mama Bear

Justine said...

Oh wow, I bet this was a really interesting museum! It really was a wild time for our country. I wasn't born until the following year!

Justine :o )

The Muse said...

love being on vacation with you!

what superb shots to share this LOVE day!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Oh, I'm glad you enjoyed the library. I had almost forgotten what we'd seen there so many years ago!
Now we dearly love San Antonio!! Go to the Alamo. The Menger Hotel which is across the street is where Mr. Precious and I always stay! It's very olden and I posted about it this past summer.
Have fun and we'll meet again when you get some speed! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Baba said...

Hi Donna, I hope you have enjoyed this Valentine's Day... thanks for the wishes and for sharing these great pictures of your visit to LBJ's Presidential Library and Museum.My husband would love to visit here..he would not like to live in an RV and travel across the states, but I would love to live and travel like you do !!! Have a good week. Hugs, Baba

Rick said...

Thanks for the great tour of the LBJ Library, Donna. I hope to get there one day to see it for myself but your blog is the next best thing!

SmilingSally said...

You've visited so many of the presidential museums, and I think that all of them are extraordinary.


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