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August 3rd, 2009
LBJ Museum going back to the 60s

SUBMITTED REPORT

The Lyndon Baines Johnson of San Marcos will reflect back in time for a “60s Night at the Museum” fundraiser 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

The program will include historical and cultural discussions of the era, trivia contests, 60s music and a silent auction. Wine, coffee, cheese and brownies will be served. Those attending are invited to dress for the era – not a requirement, but a fun possibility.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the museum, from board members or even on line at the museum website. They are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Proceeds from the event fundraiser will help the museum meet the Texas Pioneer Foundation’s $25,000 matching grant.

Museum Board member Dr. Ed Milhalkanin, associate professor of political science at Texas State, will lead the discussions. As to trivia, expect a blend of questions about local happenings during the 60s, LBJ trivia and trivia questions about fashion, culture and music of the era.

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos, which opened to the public on Dec. 6, 2006, represents a major effort to preserve and share the important artifacts and documents of the man known as “the Education President.” President Johnson earned this honor by guiding through legislation that established a new standard in education and continues to have national significance today.

Johnson signed the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 in order to broaden the opportunity for education and establish vocational training centers throughout the United States, including the Gary Job Corps here in San Marcos, Texas. In 1965, he initiated the Head Start program to assist pre-school children from low-income families, and signed both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the first general aid-to-education program ever adopted by Congress, and the Higher Education Act, which made it possible for countless Americans to afford college through the availability of federal grants, low-interest loans and work-study programs.

The museum’s permanent and rotating exhibits, educational tours and special events have brought a unique cultural experience to San Marcos, welcoming a number of visiting university classes, local private schools and public school groups from the area and even as far away as Houston. Collaborations and partnerships with Texas State, the Texas Historical Commission and various civic and cultural organizations have helped to foster an increased interest in local tourism development, historic preservation, and the legacy of Lyndon Johnson.

In support of the museum’s mission, the San Marcos-based Texas Pioneer Foundation has offered the museum a matching grant of $25,000.

Says Scott Jordan, who has served as director of the museum since April of 2007, “This has given us a great opportunity and incentive to raise the badly needed funds that will help us keep our doors open and continue our efforts to preserve the legacy of Lyndon Johnson and the history of San Marcos. Although we are proud of our accomplishments, we still have a ways to go before meeting our financial challenges and ensuring the continued operations of the museum.”

For information, contact Museum Director Scott Jordan at 512-353-3300 or e-mail Jordan at director@lbjmuseum.com.

— PAT MURDOCK

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