We checked out of the hotel and drove up to the University of Texas campus to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. The LBJ library is the only free presidential library because LBJ wanted anyone to be a
ble to visit. Inside they had some of the same presidential exhibits the other presidential libraries had - a history of what the president did w
hile in office, a biographical movie, a re-creation of the oval office as it was,
pictures of white house events, gifts given to the president and first family. They also had a nice exhibit on the American First Ladies and a big temporary exhibit on Walter Cronkite.
What I (Jerry) was amazed at was the museum store. It had the usual trinkets but it also had a huge collection of original political buttons and posters, not only from LBJ but from other presidential candidates dating back to Wendell Wilkie (
1940 Republican who ran against Franklin Roosevelt). The staff was helpful, the prices were great, and I have lots of material to decorate my classroom this fall.
After leaving the museum store we went over to Amy's Ice Cream and had some tasty treats. Then we drove
two hundred miles to wind up
east of Houston where we spent the night.