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Contact: Dave Schafer, 830-868-7128 x 235
Join the staff at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in celebrating the holiday season on Saturday nights beginning November 28 and continuing through Saturday, December 19. On those nights visitors can experience the 1920s era with lamp-light tours of the home in Johnson City where Lyndon Johnson spent most of his boyhood years. Park rangers will be on hand from 6:00 to 9:00 pm each Saturday night to share stories and insights into Lyndon Johnson's formative years. On Saturday, December 5, visitors can also experience a frontier Christmas at President Johnson's grandparents' rustic log cabin in the Johnson Settlement. All events are free and open to the public.
The events begin on Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 pm at the boyhood home of President Johnson, which is located on Elm Street between F and G Streets. Experience the home as it would have been in the 1920s—illuminated with lanterns. The night-time tours will recreate the home's environment before Congressman Lyndon Johnson brought electricity to the Texas Hill Country. Visitors can also tour the boyhood home during the evenings of December 5, 12, and 19.
On Saturday, December 5, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm the National Park Service invites everyone to participate in a "Timeless Christmas" at the Johnson Settlement. President Johnson's grandparents' cabin will be open so visitors can experience the 1860s frontier setting in which they lived. Cider and cookies will be served. Visitors can also talk with a chuck wagon cook, evoking the days when the president's grandfather drove longhorn cattle up the Chisholm Trail. To see the cabin, visitors must board a shuttle bus at the president's boyhood home.
At 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 20, everyone is invited to attend the annual LBJ Christmas Tree Lighting event at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site near Stonewall. For more information, call 830-644-2252.
When shopping for the holiday season, be sure to stop by the Western National Parks Association sales outlets at the visitor centers in Johnson City, the LBJ Ranch Hangar, and the LBJ State Park.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. www.nps.gov/lyjo and www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS. The park will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year in 2016. Find out more at http://findyourpark.com.