Web Extra: Lady Bird Centennial Events
The March issue of Texas Highways features writer Barbara
Rodriguez’ essay on the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson, who championed
environmental and educational causes until her death in 2007. December 22, 2012, would have been the
First Lady’s 100th birthday. In honor of this centennial, various sites in
Texas—including the Lady Bird Johnson wildflower Center, the LBJ Library &
Museum, and LBJ National Historical Park—will host special events. It’s best to
check individual websites for details (www.wildflower.org,
www.lbjlibrary.org, and www.nps.gov/LYJO), but this list offers an
example of what’s in store.
- March 17, 2012 —A Bouquet for Mrs. J, an outdoor
exhibit of giant metal wildflowers by artist Logan Stollenwerck, opens at the
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin. The
exhibit runs through May 23.
- May 19, 2012 — Opening of the 16-acre Mollie Steves
Zachry Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- April 27, 2012 – “A Bouquet for Mrs. J” Gala is held to
honor the founder of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which
also celebrates its 30th anniversary.
- May 5, 2012 — A centennial barbecue will take place on
the Pedernales River at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park,
with presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns
- July 29, 2012 — Free admission in honor of Lady Bird
Johnson Tribute Day is held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which
will showcase a new exhibit about her environmental legacy.
- Sept. 1, 2012 — Lady Bird’s Lake, an exhibit
of photos and mementos about Mrs. Johnson’s work beautifying Town Lake and creating
the hike-and-bike trail in Austin, opens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower
Center and runs through Dec. 2.
- Nov. 15, 2012 – A First Ladies Symposium and
Evening Program that features Laura Bush and Barbara Bush will take place at the
LBJ Library & Museum.
- December 2012 – A new permanent exhibit on life
at the White house during the LBJ administration opens at the LBJ Library &
- Spring 2012 – A conference on Lady Bird
Johnson’s environmental legacy will be hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson
School of Public Affairs.
From the June 2012 issue.
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