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Johnson Presidential Gifts
Included in New
National Archives Exhibit
An upcoming exhibition at the National
Archives includes gifts from the
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin.
These 14 objects are part of a large display
of gifts given to 12 recent American Presidents,
from President Hoover through
"Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve
American Presidents" opened on March
22 and highlights more than 200 unique
and colorful objects. The free exhibition
will be on display through February 2,
1997, in the Circular Gallery of the National
Archives Rotunda. The Rotunda is
open to visitors every day of the year except
December 25. For more information
call (202) 501-5525.
German-Texans To Meet
in Lubbock in September
The German-Texan Heritage Society
will hold its 1996 annual meeting September
6, 7, and 8 at the Holiday Inn Civic
Center in Lubbock.
Meeting highlights will include the fol
lowing presertations: "Manfred Kaiter:
Master Stone Mason from Germany on the
Llano", by Dr. Ingrid Fry; "Texanische
Freidenker: Letters of a German-Texan
Socialist", by Mrs. Bruce Cammack; and
"A German-Texan's View of Pioneer Life
on the High Plains" by Arno Stuve.
Those interested in obtaining more information
about the conference are urged
to write or call for information: GTHS,
P.O. Box 684171, Austin, Texas 787684171,
(512) 482-0927. An annual meeting
program, registration materials, and other
information will be sent upon request.
The German-Texan Heritage Society,
founded in 1978, is an educational nonprofit
organization actively engaged in the
research, preservation, and promotion of
German heritage and culture in Texas.
25th Annual Texas Folklife
Festival Scheduled for
August 1 4 in San Antonio
Plan to be in San Antonio in early
August to celebrate the Silver Anniversary
of the Texas Folklife Festival on the grounds
and in the main building of the Institute of
Scheduled on Thursday and Friday from
5-11 p.m., on Saturday from noon-11 p.m.,
and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., the celebration
features music and dance, an international
food smorgasbord, and the pioneer
skills of the days gone by. More than 10,000
representatives of more than 40 ethnic
groups from Texas will share their heritage
and traditions with festival visitors.
For specific information on the Festival,
write to the Institute of Texan Cultures,
Texas Folklife Festival Office, 801 S.
Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
or call (210) 558-2300.
Odessa Museum Features
Exhibit on Black Soldiers
A feature exhibit at the Presidential
Museum in Odessa is "Black Soldiers of the
19th Century Army".
Among the hardest won advances made
by and for the American Negro during the
Civil War was his place in the U.S. Army.
President Abraham Lincoln signed a legislative
bill on July 17, 1862, providing for
recruitment of blacks into the Union Army.
However, this legislation was not fully
accepted; many military men doubted the
Although the status of the Negro was
not so revolutionized as it appeared, his
place in the U.S. Army had been won and
clearly justified. Some 180,000 blacks had
served in the Union Army.
InJuly 1866, President Andrew Johnson
signed an act concerning the reformation
of the army.
The exhibit attempts to illustrate some
of the facts behind this concept in reshaping
the U.S. Army. "Black Soldiers of the
19th Century Army" will be exhibited
through May 25.
The Odessa Presidential Museum is
open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call (915) 3327123
for more information about the exhibit.
Heritage Park in
Corpus Christi Begins Tours
Heritage Park, a collection of nine beautiful
historic homes that have been restored
by nonprofit organizations and the
City of Corpus Christi, is now open for
Individually these homes characterize
the city's early settlers and collectively
represent its rich cultural diversity. Guests
are invited to tour the homes and learn
more about Corpus Christi's history, architecture,
and life at the turn-of-the-century.
Scheduled tours begin at the Galvan
House/Multicultural Center every
Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.;
and Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and
12:45 p.m. Tour fees are $3/adult, $2/senior
citizens,and $1/ children, age 12 and
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