We are actively building our holdings and seeking the acquisition of artifacts and momentos, manuscripts, research materials, creative works, rare books, periodicals and news clippings, photographs, and audiovisual sources relating to LBJ and his association with San Marcos, Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University), and Cotulla, Texas. We are also interested in acquiring materials pertaining to the context of LBJ’s early life in the Texas Hill Country, early twentieth-century Texas politics and education, Mexican-American immigration during the 1920s, the American Presidency as an institution, Civil Rights and other Great Society legislation, Gary Job Corps, and any enduring legacy that LBJ left to the community of San Marcos, Hays County, and the Central Texas region. These materials will be properly accessioned into our collection, catalogued, organized, and published in reference guides and made available to the general public for research and edcuational purposes.
Collections Management Training:
The museum offers practical training and experience in accessioning artifacts and papers, processing collections, arrangement and description, and some basic preservation. We use PastPerfect software, a leading standard in museum collections management. This is open to any student, historian, or lay person with an objective to learn how to manage museum artifacts and gain valuable experience in a museum setting. These sessions are normally on Thursdays 1-5 pm, but other training and practice sessions can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. We will also work with professors and academic advisors for specific internship projects or credit requirements.
School Group Tours:
The LBJ Museum of San Marcos provides opportunities for teachers and educators to bring their students to the museum for guided tours, lessons, and presentations of our artifacts, exhibits, history, and archival documents. This program will include pre-tour lesson plans and instructional guides, as well as a small “traveling exhibit” to the classroom, in preparation for the tour of the museum. Teachers and educators are welcomed to consult with the Museum Director regarding lesson plans and classroom exercises to better educate their students on LBJ, Texas history, and museum practice. This program is open to all ages and class levels.
The museum has launched a new website program that allows students, teachers, historians, and others to interact with history. Learn about Lyndon Baines Johnson as a young student at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) or as a schoolteacher in Cotulla, Texas, and then take a short quiz to test your knowledge. Access the speeches and quotes from some of Johnson’s legislative acts during the 1960s relating to education and civil rights. Watch or listen to audio/visual clips of Johnson. Some of the modules are still in progress. Please go to the Virtual Classroom page and have fun!
The Traveling Trunk is an outreach program for public and private schools, clubs, organizations, and special events, in which we bring the LBJ Museum of San Marcos to you! Our trunk of archival goodies includes an illustrated comic book of LBJ’s life, an authentic LBJ hat, an original copy of Life magazine from the 1960s, a photograph of LBJ with his students in Cotulla during the 1920s, and more. We will visit your class or group and give a presentation about LBJ history using real artifacts and documents.
Cotulla Oral History Project:
Begun in late 2007, the museum is conducting an on-going oral history project to research, locate, and record the oral histories of former students and/or their relatives and descendants who are familiar with Lyndon Johnson’s teaching period in 1928-1929 at the Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas. Interviewees may also include Cotulla residents who remember Johnson in Cotulla or who were otherwise impacted by President Johnson’s legislation regarding civil rights, education, and the Hispanic community of South Texas. Each oral history shall be recorded using a digital audio recorder, transferred onto CD, transcribed, and held in our museum collections for preserving this valuable legacy of Johnson in Cotulla. Each interviewee must sign a release form and will receive a copy of both the CD and the paper transcript following the completion of the interview.
The museum offers to come speak at lectures, meetings, conferences, or social get-togethers for schools, businesses, organizations, and other groups at no charge. We can give a presentation about the museum and our collections, a history of Lyndon Baines Johnson in San Marcos, community preservation, and other topics. Our Traveling Trunk may be included if the organization desires to have a presentation of artifacts and demonstration of material culture.
Proposed Lecture Series:
The lecture series will be a joint initiative between the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, and Texas State University-San Marcos. The series will be devoted to exploratory discussions of the American Presidency. It will present leading scholars who will discuss modern views of both the Constitution, constitutional interpretation and the public policy framework implied by this document. The series will examine 1) the ways in which the presidency as an institution has changed in response to our evolving institutional goals and 2) the public policy issues which undergo inevitable change as a consequence of their association with different presidential administrations. The series will be geared to the adult lay public.
We view this initiative as being the keystone of the museum adult community outreach programming. The Officers of the museum have already received a commitment of support from Mr. Larry Reed (Director, LBJ Foundation) and Dr. Kenneth Grasso (Director, Texas State University Political Science Department’s Program in American Constitutionalism). The Officers of the museum, from its inception, have viewed such a public lecture series as an essential part of the museum’s mission of informing and educating the general public of our historical resources. Our museum’s location between two large Texas cities with a number of major universities, and in a town which contains a large university, would substantially facilitate its ability to gain access to nationally known scholars in the areas of American government and politics. In the distant future we hope to gain access to C-SPAN for the broader dissemination of such a lecture series.