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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012
EVENT: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin will celebrate the centennial year of its founder’s birth by offering free admission, unveiling a Lady Bird exhibit that will travel nationally, displaying 50 pens President Lyndon Johnson used to sign significant environment laws and presented to his first lady, and providing a host of family-friendly events.
WHEN: Sunday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. Directions are at: http://www.wildflower.org/visit
BACKGROUND: The Wildflower Center offers outdoor and indoor activities during a free admission Sunday that include a ZACH Theatre play about young Lady Bird Johnson, storytelling for children, nature songs with singing zoologist Lucas Miller and more in honor of the center’s founder and her influence on conservation. The day commemorates July 26,1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson presented his first lady with 50 pens used to sign environmental legislation that she inspired and influenced. Catherine and Jennifer Robb, Mrs. Johnson’s granddaughters, will unveil a new exhibit on Lady Bird Johnson’s life and contributions. The store is open all day and the café, from noon until 4 p.m. For more details, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/tributeday/ or call 512.232.0100.
SCHEDULE FOR TRIBUTE DAY:
Historic Pen Display - All Day
This day only, an exhibit of 50 pens presented to Lady Bird by President Johnson because she greatly influenced the environmental and beautification legislation he signed during his presidency. The pens on loan from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum are on display in the Visitors Gallery.
Storytelling – 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy stories for young children in the Little House.
Interior Treasures Tour – 9:30 a.m.
Docent Marie Bassett will give a free tour showing visitors an antique chest, furnishings, pottery and quilts donated by friends of Mrs. Johnson to decorate the center administration building.
Lady Bird Conservation exhibit unveiled – 10:30 a.m.
The granddaughters of Mrs. Johnson, Catherine and Jennifer Robb, will unveil a four-panel exhibit in the Visitors Gallery depicting Lady Bird’s conservation and beautification efforts. After debuting at the Wildflower Center, the exhibit will travel to sites such as the United States Botanical Garden in Washington D.C. and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Exhibit sponsored by the Eugene McDermott Foundation.
Wildflowers - Children’s play – 11 a.m. to noon
In this delightful play by ZACH Theatre in the Auditorium, the wildflowers are blooming near her home and adventurous young Lady Bird discovers the beauty of planting a seed and beautifying America.
Book signing - Children’s author – noon to 3 p.m.
Children’s author Todd-Michael St. Pierre signs “A Piece of Sky” in the store during the afternoon, and a door prize drawing occurs there at 5 p.m.
Lucas Miller - The Singing Zoologist – 1 to 2 p.m.
This zoologist uses songs, stories and videos in the Auditorium to connect kids with nature.
“Many Folds Manifolds” origami exhibit - All day
This compelling exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center features 30-plus intricate origami sculptures by Robert J. Lang.