Power to the People: The Electrification of Rural Texas
September 2, 2006 to May 28, 2007
Walk into a world before television, computers, the iPod, refrigerators, or even running water. The exhibit, Power to the People: The Electrification of Rural Texas, is a unique story of one of the most dramatic events in Texas history. Rural Texas in the 1930s was still in the dark as electric lines hadn’t penetrated the beautiful, but rugged Texas Hill Country. Lyndon Johnson grew up here, without electricity, and vowed that once he had the political power to bring change, he would. Visitors will journey through time – feeling how tough life was without electricity, seeing how Johnson worked his political will to bring power lines to the region, and understanding the difference electrification made in the lives of Central Texans. A highlight of the exhibit: home movies of the era narrated by Lady Bird Johnson.