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of Historic Museums
In an effort to help each of us remember who we are and where we came from, museums help fill the gap. They serve as
the conservators of our past so that we can understand the life and ways of those who came before us.
This listing of museums is not inclusive of all the state's great resources. Make sure to consult the listing
in the back of the magazine for more outstanding Texas museums.
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON
LIBRARY & MUSEUM
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was established
to preserve and make available for research the papers and
memorabilia of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th
President of the United States.
The LBJ Library and Museum, one of ten presidential libraries
administered by the National Archives and Records
Administration, was dedicated on May 22, 1971. The archives
house 45 million pages of historical material.
The papers of President Lyndon Baines Johnson form the core
of the archival collection. In addition to his White House files,
they include papers from his service as a U.S. congressman, U.S.
senator, and vice president. The library also houses papers of
President Johnson's contemporaries, records of government
agencies, and audiovisual materials-including recordings of
many of his telephone conversations and meetings.
A reconstruction of the Oval Office in the west wing of the
White House during Johnson's presidency is one of the highlights
of the museum. The desk is the one Johnson used in the
U.S. Senate, through the vice presidential years, and into the
2313 Red River, Austin, (512) 916-5137, www.lbjlib.utexas.edu
THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS MUSEUM
The Republic of Texas museum houses one of the collections
that is considered to be among the state's oldest, featuring artifacts
related to early Texas history.
Currently the museum is featuring an exhibit on the 1936
Texas Centennial celebration. The centennial was a pivotal
point in Texas history and changed the way that the state of
Texas is depicted, marketed, and perceived. One of the highlights
of this special exhibit is a set of eight restored dioramas
that were originally made by artists Ruby Lee and Buck
Schiwetz for the celebration. After being displayed at the
Centennial, the dioramas were placed in storage and had deteriorated
over the years, until lovingly restored by Daughters of
the Republic of Texas director Carl McQueary (see story on
Located at the northwest corer of U.S. 183 and Interstate 35,
LBJ Library and Museum (left)
1936 Centennial Exposition Memorabilia (below)
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