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Contact: Brian Vickers, (830) 868-7128
Johnson City, Texas – Fifty years ago, America underwent fundamental changes in society and politics. Lyndon B. Johnson, in his first full year as president of the United States, was a catalyst for many changes in 1964. On July 2, 2014, the 50th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will present an open house titled "Remembering 1964 – A Year That Changed America." The open house is free and will run all day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center, 100 E. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, Texas. A reception will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Activities will include the grand opening of a new "1964" exhibit showcasing the Civil Rights Act, Wilderness Act, and the Economic Opportunity Act, all signed into law by President Johnson in 1964. Pens that President Johnson used to sign the Civil Rights Act and Economic Opportunity Act will be on display. The temporary exhibit will be displayed through the rest of the year. The event on July 2 will also feature three film screenings of the "1964" episode of the PBS documentary series American Experience at 12:30, 3:00, and 7:00 pm. The film chronicles key events of that transformative year, including the Beatles arrival in America, the "Freedom Summer" in Mississippi, and passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
For more information on this event, contact Park Ranger Brian Vickers at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at 830-868-7128.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, located at 100 E. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, Texas. For more information on park activities call 830-868-7128 or visit www.nps.gov/lyjo.