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December 2009
Since construction has dominated our landscape for most of the past three years, celebrations are in order for the LBJ Library and Museum.  
After three years off-site, the Cen-Tex History Fair will be back "home" at the LBJ Library and Museum.  The new Lady Bird Johnson Center, a newly refurbished LBJ Auditorium, and a new plaza are now open.
Included in the renovations are new classrooms which now allow for expanded programs and activities for teachers and students visiting the LBJ Library.  In addition to the new classrooms, the Library will be hiring an Assistant Education Specialist. 
In the midst of a new environment, the LBJ Library and Museum has a new Director who comes to us with a rich background in history.
As another year draws to a close, we reflect on our successes and the things we would have done differently.  I wish each of you a bright holiday season, a prosperous and healthy New Year, and I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year.
Marsha L. Sharp, Education Specialist
New Position 
The LBJ Foundation is now accepting applications and resumes for the full-time position of Assistant Education Specialist.  This new position will assist the LBJ Library and Museum Education Specialist with education programming for the Library and Museum.
Submit the completed employment application and background check authorization along with a resume to:
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705
ATTENTION:  Marsha Sharp, Education Specialist
Applications must be received at the LBJ Library and Museum by 5:00PM December 9, 2009.  Please include email and/or telephone contact information.
Mark K. Updegrove, DirectorMark K. Updegrove 
Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove has been appointed as the new Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. His appointment was effective October 11, 2009.

Mr. Updegrove brings unique qualifications to the position as Director of the Library.  He is the author of two major works on the presidency.  Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House, published by Lyons Press in 2006, won the Book of the Year Silver Medal Award for Political Science from ForeWord Magazine. Earlier this year, Mr. Updegrove wrote Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis, published by St. Martin's Press, which outlines how eight presidents handled unprecedented crises upon taking office.

In making the announcement, Acting Archivist Adrienne Thomas said, "Mr. Updegrove brings his deep knowledge and interest in the presidency and a fresh perspective and management style to the Library.  We welcome him and look forward to working with him on new and exciting Library projects."

As an historical and political commentator, Mr. Updegrove has appeared on CNN, CBS News, ABC News, and NPR, among others.  He has lectured on topics related to the presidency at the University of Pennsylvania, Monroe College, the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, and the National Constitution Center.

In noting the appointment, Tom Johnson, Chairman of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation said, "The LBJ Foundation and the Johnson family are enthusiastic about the selection of Mark Updegrove as the new Director.  Mark will take the LBJ Library to new heights of excellence adding to the splendid reputation of the Library established by former Directors Betty Sue Flowers and Harry Middleton."

Before his appointment, Mr. Updegrove was the director of business development at Rawle Murdy, a communications firm.  From 2005 through 2007, he directed advertising sales, marketing, and operations for Yahoo! Canada and, prior to that, served in similar positions as the publisher of Nickelodeon Magazine and MTV Magazine, and publisher of Newsweek.

From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Updegrove was associated with Time magazine, as a sales representative, as manager of the Los Angeles regional sales office, and finally as the President of Time Canada, Time's Canadian edition and operation.

Mr. Updegrove's scholarly interest in the presidency began while working at Time where he created "Time and the Presidency," a multi-media program which featured photographs of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt through William Clinton from the Time & Life archive.  The project included a traveling exhibition that appeared at four presidential libraries, the Newseum and the Miller Center; a book; a website; a short film and ongoing editorial features in the magazine.

In accepting the position, Mr. Updegrove noted the relevancy today of President Johnson's legacy and his desire to uphold the tradition in the Library for excellence in exhibits, public programs, and service to researchers.
"It's an honor to have been named Director of the LBJ Library.  I have great admiration for President Johnson's legacy--which I believe to be as relevant today as those of any of our modern presidents---and am humbled by the task of succeeding Harry Middleton and Betty Sue Flowers, whose leadership styles of the LBJ Library have burnished its reputation for excellence.  I look forward to doing what I can to uphold that tradition," said Updegrove.

Mr. Updegrove is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1984.  He and his wife, Evie, have two children, Charlie, 9, and Tallie, 3.  The Updegrove family will be moving to Austin from Charleston, South Carolina.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
 Cen-Tex History Fair Logo
The annual Cen-Tex History Fair will be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the LBJ Library and Museum.  After three years off site due to construction, we will be "home."  (map and directions)
Registration for participants will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and will close at NOON on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.
Please review the additional information for Historical Paper and Website entries. 
The annual fair highlights projects middle and high school students have produced using primary and secondary source materials. 
We Need Your Talents--No Experience Necessary 
Volunteer to judge or help monitor the Cen-Tex History Fair on Saturday, February 20, 2010. 
What does being a judge mean?
Judging represents the capstone of the Cen-Tex History Fair.  There will be a training session for judges the morning of the Fair.  This session will explain judging, contest rules, evaluation sheets, rankings, etc. in detail.
The students have been very creative in choosing their topics.  Judges must decide if they have adequately explained their topic's relationship to the theme
and significance in history.  In addition to providing basic information about their topics, the entries must draw conclusions about significance.  Be open minded and allow the entry to convince you, if you are somewhat skeptical-but make sure that the entry is convincing and the evidence is clear.
Judges work in teams of three. One of the three judges will be designated as the team captain and is responsible for guiding the team in accomplishing the necessary tasks.  Inexperienced judges will be placed on a team with experienced judges.
Performances:  a performance must be original (they cannot use something that is already written); performers should display stage presence, including clear and audible voices; costumes do not need to be authentic but should be simple or consider the topic (wearing red and white for a performance on the Civil War is not a good idea); take into consideration nerves, forgotten lines, and audience applause or laughter when timing the performance.
Documentaries:  a documentary should be a documentary, something you might see on PBS or The History Channel but should not be simply a performance on videotape; students must run all equipment.
Exhibits:  an exhibit should be like a small museum exhibit; it should contain only 500 student composed written material (this does not include primary sources, newspaper articles, but does include timelines, captions, etc.).
Papers:  paper judges read their papers before the Fair and the top finalists are interviewed the day of the Fair by three additional judges to determine rankings.
Websites:  website judges view and evaluate the websites before the Fair and the top finalists are interviewed the day of the Fair by three additional judges to determine rankings.
What does being a monitor mean?
Monitors do not serve as judges; they are the people who help keep the Cen-Tex History Fair running smoothly for everyone.
There will be a short training session for monitors the morning of the Fair. 
Monitors are needed in several areas of the Fair.
Performance and Documentary:  monitors will be stationed at the doors to the performance and documentary events to prevent entry during presentations.  They also help the judges by keeping the student entries on schedule--making sure the next entry is waiting and ready to set up as soon as the previous entry is finished.
Registration:  monitors check in individuals and groups, give directions, give schedules to entries.
Additional monitors may be posted in the halls to give directions and help keep the noise level down around entry presentations. 

A continental breakfast and lunch are provided for all judges and monitors the day of the Cen-Tex History Fair.
Email Marsha or call her at (512) 721-0195. 
Primary Source Experiential Activities
Your students can become spies for another government or assume a role in the Johnson Administration.   
At the LBJ Library and Museum, middle and high school students can participate in hands-on experiential activities that require analysis, evaluating, and decision-making using primary sources from the LBJ archives. 
In one activity, middle and high school students will become spies with their lives on the line.  They will analyze documents and make decisions based on whether or not bringing these documents back to their "government" will save their lives.  Analysis and decision- making skills are emphasized as students work in groups.
In another activity, high school students assume roles in the Johnson administration and make recommendations to the President regarding the escalation of the Vietnam war.  Again, analysis and decision-making skills are emphasized as students work together to solve the administration's dilemma.
After the decision(s) are made, an optional activity allows students to assume roles in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  The Committee can subpoena administration members to question the recommendations made to the President. 
Before bringing students to the  LBJ Library, teachers will receive pre-visit preparation materials for their students.
To schedule a class session for your students or to obtain additional information about both of these programs,  call (512) 721-0195 or email Marsha Sharp . 
A Limited Viewing 
The Declaration of Independence Broadside returns to the LBJ Library and Museum.  Visit one of 25 surviving broadsides on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 9AM-2PM.  
Known as the Dunlap broadside, this original copy of the Declaration of Independence was printed on the evening of July 4, 1776.  The Dunlap broadsides were delivered to the nation's founders early in the morning of July 5, 1776.  One copy was officially entered into the Congressional Journal, and additional copies of the freshly drafted Declaration of Independence were carried by riders on horseback throughout the colonies and read aloud to assembled colonists.
Producer Norman Lear acquired a Dunlap broadside of the Declaration in June 2000 with the goal of bringing the "People's Document" directly to Americans--especially young people--to inspire them to participate in civic activism, to exercise their rights, and above all, to vote.
Museum admission and parking are free.
A New Exhibit 
Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and political philosophies.
Through the records of the presidential libraries--archival material, museum objects, photographs, and audio-visual recordings--"School House to White House" gives visitors a new perspective on the presidency.  The exhibit, prepared by the National Archives and Records Administration, charts the educational experiences of our Presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.
Whether in private school or public, whether growing up in a small town or a large city, each of our modern presidents experienced a unique education that prepared him for leadership in the highest elected office in the land.
Lyndon Johnson

Johnson's mother, Rebekah, taught the future President to read by the age of four and he attended public school in Johnson City, Texas.  He enjoyed playing baseball and participated in a two-person debate team that won the county title while a high school senior.  Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas.  Johnson, often called the "Teacher President," taught school in South Texas and was also a high school debate coach in Houston.  The federal education building in Washington, D. C. is named in his honor.
Highlights of LBJ memorabilia in the exhibit include:
--A letter sweater similar to one worn by LBJ as a college     student at Southwest Texas State Teachers College     
--1930 graduation program from that college, the year LBJ was graduated
--A letter written in 1927 from LBJ to his grandmother discussing his participation in the college debate team
--The future president's third-grade report card
--A list of education-related bills passed during the Johnson Administration
In this exhibit, visitors will learn which sports the presidents played, what kind of homework and grades the presidents were given, how classrooms were organized, family involvement in their learning experiences, and finally, that anyone can grow up to be President of the United States.

Exhibit Presidential facts you may not know:
--Herbert Hoover was the youngest member of the first class at Stanford University where he studied geology
--Franklin Roosevelt managed the baseball team while a student at Harvard University
--As a senior at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy wrote a thesis entitled "Appeasement at Munich," which was later published as the book "Why England Slept"
--Richard Nixon played violin, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and accordion
The exhibit closes February 15, 2010 (Presidents' Day).  Call (512) 721-0184 to arrange classroom tours.
 Events You Don't Want to Miss
Additional information about these events will be forthcoming in future newsletters.

 - May 15, 2010-January 3, 2011--new exhibit, Cronkite:  Eyewitness to a Century

- June 14-15, 2010--second annual teacher symposium co-sponsored by the LBJ Library and Museum and Education Service Center, Region XIII; topic is Civil Rights

- July 26-30, 2010--Primarily Teaching workshop for teachers

The LBJ Library and Museum contains the papers of  Lyndon Johnson's private and political life from his service in the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, Vice President, and President.  It also contains artifacts and documents beginning with his childhood and continuing after his retirement from public life.

Anyone can conduct research at the Library--you only need to be curious, bring a photo ID, and make an orientation appointment with an archivist.  Let me know if you or your students would like to come in to conduct research.  I can help you make the arrangements.
Marsha Sharp, Education Specialist
LBJ Library and Museum


Marsha Sharp
Education Specialist