The White House Years
The President and First Lady are leaders of the nation, patrons of the arts, and morale builders in times of adversity. They are the nation’s host and hostess during state visits and accept gifts from foreign leaders on behalf of the American people.
On April 30, 2012, a new exhibit entitled “The White House Years” opened at the library, showcasing many of these gifts from the Johnson Presidency. As the nation’s hosts to foreign dignitaries, the Johnsons received many gifts, some ancient and priceless, others humble and homemade. Those displayed include jewelry, sculpture, ceremonial swords, and, of course, cowboy hats and alligator boots. The exhibit also features artifacts and photos about life at the LBJ Ranch, where the President spent twenty-five percent of his time in office.
“The White House Years” exhibit is on the 10th floor of the library and is located near the Oval Office exhibit.
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White House 3-D Tour used by permission.
Model builder: Peter Sharkey. Producer/narrator: Derek Jensen.
Did You Know…
When a U.S. President visits foreign Heads of State, he brings a gift representative of our country. LBJ was known for giving unique gifts, such as electric toothbrushes featuring the Presidential Seal, photographs of himself, and bookmarks like this one made from deerskin from the LBJ ranch.