What We Do

National Parks depend on the involvement and support of the public.  The Friends of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park work in partnership with the National Park Service to support the park in three key areas: education, preservation, and restoration.

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We support educational and interpretive programs. 

We serve as advocates for the park promoting care, research, and conservation. 

We support improvement projects. 

We support programs and activities that will broaden the public's knowledge of the park, fostering partnerships locally and nationally.

Achievements

Over a span of more than a decade, the Friends have supported these projects and many others, including: 

 

  • The preservation of President Johnson’s beloved Hereford cattle. Descendants of the original herd can be seen at the Show Barn at the LBJ Ranch. 

 

  • The restoration of the porch at the Johnson ancestral cabin in Johnson City. The Friends funded historic techniques to restore the porch, which dates back to an era when Blanco County was part of the Texas frontier.

  • The restoration of the Johnson Settlement landscape to its 1860s appearance with the assistance of volunteers in celebration of Earth Day and National Public Lands Day.

 

  • A new foundation for the Secret Service Command Post at the LBJ Ranch. 

 

  • Securing Pedernales Electric Cooperative funding for Dark-Sky-friendly lighting at the Visitors’ Parking Lot in Johnson City. 

 

  • Funding for the Texas White House film shown at the Hangar Visitors’ Center at the LBJ Ranch. 

  • Returned one of President Johnson's JetStar aircraft to the park.

  • Funded wallpaper replacement in President Johnson's boyhood home.

  • Funded construction of accessibility ramp to the President's office at the Texas White House.

  • Sponsored Youth Presidential Leadership Council enabling high school students to learn about President Johnson, the National Park Service and the Texas Hill Country.

  • ​Provided educational materials for the park's distance learning programs.

On April 2, 2022, our long-standing fundraiser, the LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour: A Ride to Preserve History, returned! We were excited to welcome more than 1000 of our supporters back to the LBJ Ranch for this historic ride. 

In addition to the LBJ 100, we are pleased to announce our 2023 fundraiser, the 
Cabinet Oak Project. Utilizing reclaimed wood from the historic Cabinet Oak Tree at the Texas White House, the Cabinet Oak Project will blend art and history in a juried artist competition that will culminate with a special art auction and celebration on May 6, 2023 at Garrison Brothers Distillery in historic Hye, Texas, just a stone's throw from the LBJ Ranch. 

Keep up-to-date on our ride website lbj100.bike and our Facebook page! For more information on the Cabinet Oak Project, head to cabinetoak.art