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December 31st, 2008
LBJ Museum of San Marcos schedules annual meeting

by PAT MURDOCK

Members of the Board of Directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos, located on the downtown courthouse square, will hold their annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. at the museum.

Museum supporters, as well as the general public, are invited to attend and hear a recap of the museum’s accomplishments during 2008, as well as plans for 2009.  Although the non-profit organization’s board meets the first Wednesday evening of each month, the January meeting is designated as the annual meeting.  Board officers and new board members are traditionally elected at the annual meeting.

“We are fortunate that we have had a very productive second year of operation,” says Board President Nora Linares-Moeller. “Being a part of the LBJ 100 birthday centennial has been exciting.  We appreciate the close relationship we have maintained with Texas State University-San Marcos.  We are blessed to have Scott Jordan as director of the museum because he has helped keep us focused and has done an excellent job creating our exhibits.”

“We introduced membership cards for our donors this past year, and we truly hope that some of those card holders will attend our annual meeting,” Linares-Moeller added.

Like LBJ-related organizations and entities nationwide, the LBJ Museum of San Marcos has had an active role in the LBJ Centennial Celebration which, for the past year, has celebrated the life, times and contributions of the nation’s 36th President.  Had he lived, President Johnson would have turned 100 years old on Aug. 27.

Looking back over the past year, the museum board takes pride in the role the museum has played in the  national celebration of President Johnson’s 100th birthday.  A collaborative Humanities Texas grant that Texas State University received allowed the museum to mount an exhibit titled “Remembering LBJ and His Legacy: Local Recollections – An Oral History Project.”  This exhibit will remain on display until May 2009, following the university’s year-long Common Experience LBJ legacy focus.

One of the exciting features of the Oral History Project Exhibit is that it is interactive. Thanks to the Humanities Texas grant funds, a computerized kiosk was purchased that lets visitors select and listen to oral history interview clips while viewing  photographs of the interviewees.

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos fills a special niche in the Johnson legacy by celebrating not only the President’s days in San Marcos while attending what is now Texas State University-San Marcos but also his days as a public school teacher in Cotulla and Houston.  It has a unique perspective to share with the public about the man known as “The Education President.”

Museum board members and officers include Nora Linares-Moeller, president; Pat Murdock, vice president; Suzanne Perkins, treasurer; Carmen Imel, secretary; and members Ted Breihan, Eleanor Crook, Steve Gregson, Teresa Hobby, Ed Mihalkanin, John Navarrette, Linda Rodriguez and Steve Searle.

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