LBJ Library Gala a Monumental Event

December 4, 2012

Hundred of Texas political history affecionados gathered in their black tie and flowing gown finery at the LBJ Library in Austin on Saturday night,  December 1 for one of the most memorable events in recent years. The historic occasion–titled “State Dinner”, marked the celebration of a massive and masterful update and revitalization of the 41-year old University of  Texas campus landmark, largely funded by those in attendance.

An infectuous air of gaity prevailed from the outset as  guests were greeted by scenes of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Ladybird Johnson dancing the night away in images projected on the vast Museum outer wall. Once inside, a Who’s Who of LBJ loyalists and admirers  from across Texas and far beyond were treated to a preview of all-new exhibits created by one of the nation’s foremost design teams. 

Back outside, guests dined on the expansive Library plaza amid the magic of a a balmy Austin night with captivating views of a glistening lighted fountain nearby and the dramatic UT tower beyond. After historic film clips and brief remarks by Library Director Mark Updegrove  and LBJ Foundation Chairman Larry Temple, the evening ended with guests adjourning to an adjacent dance floor where they emulated  the scene of President and Mrs. Johnson that greeted their arrival.

On a parting serious note, Chairman Temple exhorted attendees to keep the Johnson Library flame alive through today’s younger generation to assure future understanding and appreciation for the history of one of the nation’s most  important periods. As head of the Foundation, he has devoted countless hours of personal involvement in shepherding the  vast renovation project to completion.

The LBJ Library will reopen to the public on December 22, 2012.

–Julian Read

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