Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen

There have been instances where I knocked my experience in Texas, but one thing that I always will remember fondly is the wonderful LBJ Library at the University of Texas — the best Presidential Library and Museum in the entire federal system of Presidential Libraries.  Every time I visited the LBJ Library, I was always mesmerized by the amazing exhibits, the accessibility of such fascinating historic artifacts, and the kindliness and attentiveness of the staff and volunteers.  The LBJ Library will always be my favorite memory of Austin and Texas.

My appreciation has only grown since I left Texas, and I wanted to share why.  A couple of weeks ago, I sent an e-mail to Brittany, who is a docent at the LBJ Library and a fellow Tumblr user.  I mentioned a photograph that was on display at the LBJ Library that I fell in love with when I first saw it.  It’s a photo of LBJ after he left the White House.  He’s at the LBJ Ranch and, to me, the photo is one of my favorites of any President.  Knowing LBJ’s personality and how badly he missed being President while also knowing how saddened he was that he had to leave office as he did, the photograph seems to tell a dozen different stories.

I didn’t know when the photo was taken, who took the photo, and couldn’t give much information besides mentioning to Brittany what I remembered it looking like.  Brittany passed along my e-mail and the other day, I received an e-mail from staff at the LBJ Library who had located the photo and sent a copy to me so that I could frame it and hang it in my office.  I thank Brittany, first of all, but also the staff at the LBJ Library Tumblr and specifically, Laura, Liza, and the archivists in the LBJ Library’s audio-visual archives in Austin.  I’m so thankful that they would take the time to find the photo for me, and it just confirmed what I already figured: the LBJ Library is the best Presidential library, museum, and archives in the United States.

I’m going to share the photograph in a different post because the thank you deserves to stand alone.  Thank you again, and I encourage all of my followers to check out the LBJ Library Tumblr, as well as the Our Presidents Tumblr from the National Archives.

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