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LBJ Museum lights Christmas tree tonight

President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson and their pup Yuki posed beside the family Christmas tree, a Norway spruce, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House in 1967. WHITE HOUSE ARCHIVE PHOTO


The Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos, 131 North Guadalupe St., is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a public reception and tree lighting ceremony 6-7 p.m. today.

This year’s event is dedicated to former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 22.

Students from Hernandez Elementary’s Pre-Kindergarten program will serenade attendees with Christmas carols. The children were invited to participate at the reception in honor of the role that both President Johnson and the first lady played in launching Head Start and other early education programs. Johnson was known as the “Education President” and often commented that much of his inspiration for education reform was from his days as a public school teacher in Cotulla, Texas. Johnson was a student at what is now Texas State.

Cookies and punch will be served and it is said that Santa Claus may drop in for a visit to thank the children for singing. Last year Santa took the first official ride on the museum’s newly installed elevator.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.