San Marcos Celebrates LBJ’s Birthday

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By Allie Ibarra
News Reporter

August 27 marked what would be former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 106th birthday.

The famous Texas State alum was celebrated at the LBJ Museum in downtown San Marcos.

David Schafer, chief of interpretation at the LBJ National Park, was the key speaker at the event.

Schafer explained how he wanted the audience to remember the past saying:

“I like to bring the past alive, to understand what happened and the impact of individuals on the course of events. I think its important to remember the past and to look at it as people living in a different present.”

Schafer’s lecture on the relationship between LBJ and Harry Truman was both educational and interesting. Several students attended the event to learn a more about our nations history. Texas State student Emily Reshower said:

“ I think the event is really nice they did a good job with all the information and the display.”

Ed Mihalkanin is part of Texas State’s Department of Political Science and he put a great amount of effort into LBJ’s celebration. Mihalkanin wanted to use this event to reach out to those in the community who are interested in LBJ or post-World War II politics and to share the museum with them.

A large cake shaped like Texas was cut after the lecture to end the celebration, and Schafer answered several LBJ related questions.

To learn more about the LBJ museum, visit their website.

Allie Ibarra, KTSW News

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