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August 8th, 2008
From LBJ Museum of San Marcos: Oral history project photos

The collaborative LBJ Museum of San Marcos – Texas State University Oral History Project Exhibit opens to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. The theme of the exhibit is “Remembering LBJ and His Legacy: Local Recollections – An Oral History Project.” The exhibit is an outgrowth of the Texas State LBJ Birthday Centennial Steering Committee’s Community Subcommittee, chaired by San Marcos resident Bill Cunningham, a Texas State journalism graduate, who is also a former San Marcos city councilman and former Texas State University System regent. Both Cunningham (left) and former Texas State President Robert L. Hardesty (right) were interviewed for the project.

Among the 48 individuals interviewed by Wimberley historian Barbara Thibodeaux (right) for Texas State University’s Oral History Project was Liz Carpenter, who served a special role in the lives of both President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. Thibodeaux, who has a master’s degree in public history from Texas State University, conducted the majority of the interviews in face-to-face. A select few were telephone interviews. A special exhibit developed from the oral histories and photographs collected by Thibodeaux will open at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos on 2 p.m. Aug. 24. The collaborative exhibit will remain up for most of the upcoming academic year.

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