In the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy, people from all over the world wrote to the First Family expressing their sympathy and respect.
The JFK Library recently opened a new series of condolence mail from Mrs. Kennedy’s personal papers containing many of these letters. Bob Thorn, a thirteen-year old wrote:
"It was kind of my fault because I feel I wasn’t a good student. My mark in American History, (in which we were studying about the government and the President) was a C… Next term I promise you I’ll get an A."
Lady Bird’s Lemon Squares
Here’s another First Family recipe for the holidays — Lemon Squares! According to the note at the bottom of the recipe, they were a favorite of Lady Bird Johnson’s.
"The cook at the LBJ Ranch keeps them in the freezer so Mrs. Johnson will always have them when she wants a snack or a delicious ending to a meal!"
The LBJ Library has many more of Lady Bird’s recipes digitized here.
And We’re Back!
Congress has restored funding of appropriated activities and the National Archives has begun to resume normal operations.
· Staff will be recalled in a phased manner and should wait for a call from a supervisor before reporting to work.
· The National Archives Building in Washington, DC and the National Archives at College Park, MD will be closed to the public today, October 17 to give staff time to ensure the proper protection of holdings.
· Facilities around the country, including Presidential Libraries, will open to the public as they complete re-start procedures and are ready to accept visitors from the public.
Please check http://www.archives.gov/ for updates, and we’ll let you know on our various social media channels as the situation changes.
…we will now return to our regularly scheduled Tumblr-ing. We missed you!
Image: First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson at the Dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library , 11/04/1991.
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This 1965 Corvette Stingray was a gift to LBJ’s daughter Luci on her 18th birthday. Unlike most cars manufactured in the sixties, it was equipped with seat belts.
On September 9, 1966, LBJ signed legislation setting new standards for vehicle safety, which included equipping all cars with seat belts beginning in 1968.
-from the LBJ Library
The tables for the state dinner in honor of President Leone were set with the Johnson china, vermeil flatware, and Morgantown crystal. The flower arrangements included Marguerite daisies, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, miniature carnations, and straw flowers.
Lady Bird Johnson’s wildflower White House china? Souffle au Grand Marnier with Sauce Sabayon? Yes, please.