By: Sheryl Smith-Rodgers
Like a true Texan, Lyndon Baines Johnson often drawled “y’all come see us, heah” to friends and strangers alike. One invitation in particular strengthened diplomatic ties between the
While on a goodwill tour of Asia in spring 1961, Johnson—then vice president—shook hands with cheering crowds, handed out pens, and offhandedly invited spectators to visit him in the
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On their final day together, Johnson escorted Ahmad to the Texas State Fair in
Few Texans have left a greater mark on the history of the United States than Lyndon Baines Johnson. (photographed above in 1965 at the "Texas White House.") Serving as the nation’s 36th president, from November 22, 1963, to January 20, 1969, Johnson guided the country through a tumultuous era of social unrest and cultural change.
The legacy of the late Lady Bird Johnson lives on in the dozens of beautification and environmental projects that enjoy success today thanks to her vision and dedication. She once noted, “Wherever I go in America, I like it when the land speaks its own language in its own regional accent.” There’s no better way to honor the former first lady than to enjoy some of the many places in Texas that made her smile.
On January 1, a year-long tribute to Lyndon Baines Johnson commences with the launching of www.LBJ100.org, a Web site that will showcase centennial events throughout Texas and in Washington, D.C. Participating Texas organizations include Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Texas State University-San Marcos.