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May 27th, 2009
Oral history exhibit at LBJ Museum held over

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Show time for a multi-media exhibit that resulted from the collaborative efforts of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos and Texas State University has been extended.

The exhibit, funded in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, is titled “Remembering LBJ and His Legacy: Local Recollections – An Oral History Project.” The exhibit opened in late August last year.
Wimberley historian Barbara Thibodeaux interviewed 48 individuals for the project. The words and thoughts of Johnson-era San Marcos community leaders, area residents, Texas State alumni and friends of the late President were recorded and transcribed.

It is the museum’s first interactive exhibit and includes oral history text, photographs and an interactive kiosk of audio clips and other items evolving from the university-sponsored oral history project. Equipment and display panels made possible by the Humanities Texas grant added features that the museum had been missing since its opening on Dec. 6, 2006 — interactive capabilities and better portable components that enable the transport of exhibit elements to off-site venues.

“I convinced Museum Director Scott Jordan to extend the exhibit through a good part of the summer because so many people tell me that they still haven’t gone by the museum to see it, even though they’ve been ‘meaning to,’” says LBJ Museum Board President Pat Murdock.

“I heard it again before the weather shutdown Texas Natural Weekend on the square a couple of weeks ago,” Murdock said. “When you combine local community residents who are still ‘meaning to’ go see the exhibit with the many potential summer visitors to San Marcos, it just makes sense to extend it.”

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos, located on the courthouse square in downtown San Marcos, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. There is no charge for admission but contributions are appreciated. The museum is a 501C (3) non-profit.
To arrange a special museum visit outside of the scheduled open hours, call Jordan at (512) 353-3300.

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