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May 13th, 2010
LBJ Museum celebrates University Star centennial with exhibit

051210lbjThe LBJ Museum of San Marcos is at 131 Guadalupe Street.

STAFF REPORT

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos’ current exhibit celebrates 100 years of publication of the University Star, the student newspaper, at Texas State.

The exhibit opened May 1 in conjunction with the University’s Centennial Gala for the Star. The event at the university gathered Star alumni for a reunion to celebrate the century old publication.

The exhibition features copies of Lyndon Johnson’s writing and pieces from the university archives. Johnson served as summer Star editor-in-chief in 1929 while he was a student at what was then called Southwest Texas State Teachers College.

From its days as a small teacher’s college to its present position as an esteemed university, the exhibit displays the history of Texas State and its intertwining destiny with the community.

The newspaper, like the school, has had a few name changes, from the Normal Star to the College Star to the current University Star.

The first Star was published in February of 1911.  The student newspaper was started by student Fred Adams, son of the founder of Adams Extract and Spice Company.  Adams talked the Southwest Texas Normal School administration into letting him publish the newspaper which he promised to pay for himself, if he could not sell enough advertising to sustain it.

According to Adams, who was interviewed in 1986 at Texas State, the first copies of the Star were printed on the same hand press used to print labels for Adams Extract.

The exhibit at the LBJ Museum, 131 North Guadalupe Street, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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