2012: Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Year JAN 27 2012
Fredericksburg named its municipal park after her and, of course, Gillespie County claims the Texas White House—the home she loved so much and shared with Lyndon B. Johnson. This year Lady Bird Johnson would have turned 100 years old.
Lady Bird’s legacy to us is wildflowers and wilderness. The Highway Beautification Act of 1965, known as “Lady Bird’s Bill,” is one example of the efforts she supported. To continue to honor the woman and her efforts, the state of Texas declared 2012 the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Year. Join us in this celebration.
Many events have been planned throughout the year, including a guided nature walk from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site on the Saturdays of May 5 and May 12. Visitors will learn a little history along the way, and about the great outdoors and the flora and fauna of the Texas Hill Country.
Also on the evening of May 5, the LBJ National Historical Park will host “Barbeque on the Pedernales.” The theme of the event is “Heart’s Home,” the name Mrs. Johnson gave to the LBJ Ranch. While there, tour the entire ground floor of the Texas White House, which opened for public tours for the first time this past December.
In the fall, children and their families are invited to help scatter wildflower seeds at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site. The seed stomp will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. each day on September 22 and 23. Participants will learn more about the First Lady and her passion for nature, beautification and the outdoors.
And during the holidays, join the Texas Hill Country community for the 43rd Annual LBJ Tree Lighting at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site. This fun evening on December 16 will celebrate Mrs. Johnson’s life and legacy, and bring in the holiday season.
See a Lady Bird Johnson centennial video to get inspired. For more information about the centennial celebrations, visit http://ladybirdjohnson.org/centennial/about-lady-bird-johnson/.