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August 4th, 2009
LBJ Museum to hold '60s Night' fundraiser

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The Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos will host a fundraiser  program, “60s Night at the Museum,” on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature historical and cultural discussions of the era, trivia contests, a silent auction and 1960’s music. Participants are invited to dress in the style of the era if they choose.

Ed Milhalkanin, associate professor of political science at Texas State and museum board member, will guide the discussions. The trivia contests will be a mix of questions about local happenings during the 1960’s, music, fashion and culture from the era and LBJ trivia.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will help the museum meet the $25,000 dollar matching grant offered by the San Marcos-based Texas Pioneer Foundation.

“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,” Scott Jordan, the museum’s director, said. “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.”

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos opened on Dec. 6, 2006. The museum strives to preserve and share artifacts and documents of Texas State’s most famous graduate, former United States President Lyndon Johnson. When Johnson went to the university, it was called Southwest Texas State Teachers College. Johnson graduated in 1930 with a teaching certificate and a BS in history. In 1965, he returned to Southwest Texas State College, as the school was then known, to sign the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Johnson was called the “Education President,” not only because of the Higher Education Act, but also because he initiated the Head Start program, which assisted pre-school children from low-income families. It was the first general aid-to-education program ever adopted by the United States Congress.

Johnson also signed the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964, broadening educational opportunities and establishing vocational training centers throughout the United States. The Gary Job Corps in San Marcos, established in March of 1965, is one of those centers.

Tickets to “60s Night at the Museum” can be purchased at the museum, from board members or even online at the museum website, www.lbjmuseum.com. They are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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