The LBJ Museum of San Marcos is hosting a reception on Saturday, August 23, 3:30-5:00pm at the Museum at 131 North Guadalupe Street to open Lyndon Baines Johnson and His Legacy Local Recollections – A Oral History Project Exhibit . The exhibit is a cooperative venture between Texas State University – San Marcos and the LBJ Museum of San Marcos. Dr. Denise Trauth, President, Texas State University – San Marcos; Mr. Lyndon Nugent, grandson of President Lyndon B. Johnson; and Ms. Nora Linares Moeller, President, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, are the featured speakers at the reception.
Barbara Thibodeaux, Texas State University historian, interviewed 48 individuals on different facets of Johnson and his on-going relationship with Texas State and San Marcos. The interviewees talked about a range of subjects such as Gary Job Corp, rural electrification, segregation and civil rights and higher education. All interviewees were excited to share their memories of Johnson and Johnson’s legacy. Community leaders interviewed included such people as Bob Barton, Ollie Giles, Bill “Scoop” Cunningham, Augustin Lucio, Eleanor Crook, Harvey Miller, Rose Brooks, and Ophelia Vasquez Philo.
The Texas State LBJ Birthday Centennial Steering Committee’s Community Sub-Committee, chaired by Bill Cunningham, Texas State alumnus and former university regent, originated he idea of such an oral history exhibit to help celebrate Johnson’s centennial. Scott Jordan, LBJ Museum Director and Pat Murdock, Vice President and LBJ Museum Board Member, developed the exhibit including photographs, printed excerpts, audio clips and related memorabilia.
Pat Murdock said, “For me personally, working on the exhibit has been a nostalgic adventure. I was at most Johnson events at Texas State since 1962. As a museum board member, the project is important because it is the first interactive exhibit at our museum.” Nora Linares-Moeller, LBJ Museum president, said “We are extremely pleased with the collaboration with Teas State University and the LBJ Museum for this project and look forward to future partnerships with LBJ’s alma mater. We also want to thank Humanities Texas for its grant to us that made this exhibit possible.”
The exhibit will run during the entire Lyndon Johnson Centennial Celebration of the 2008-2009 academic year. The LBJ Museum is open 1p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays and 10 a.m. – 5 pm. Saturdays.
By ED MIHALKANIN, Ph.D