Meet & Take Photos with walk around Elmo from Sesame Street, experience The Joy of Painting with Art by Bob Ross and remember A Prairie Home Companion at the LBJ Presidential Library On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibit opening event on June 24th.
On June 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. the LBJ Presidential Library will also feature free admission and parking and small Wonders Puppet Theater shows at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Plus enter for a chance to win two passes to attend a taping of the Austin City Limits TV show and behind-the-scenes tour. Walkaround Elmo will be visiting only on June 24.
Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Act established PBS and NPR as the national distribution networks for public television and radio, transforming our national media landscape.
The new exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting, is co-sponsored by KLRU-TV Austin PBS and NPR station KUT90.5. It brings iconic artifacts from treasured television and radio shows under one roof.
On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting runs through November 12, 2017. During that time, visitors can take photos with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Count von Count, on loan from Sesame Workshop. Turn the corner and there are more places to visit and take photos: visitors can stand by the Sesame Street stoop and step into Big Bird’s nest. Also featured in the exhibit are: Mister Rogers’ sweater, sneakers and trolley; artwork by The Joy of Painting host Bob Ross; and an autoharp used by Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion.
“Sesame Street was created to provide early access to education for all children, which is as vital now as ever,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Publisher of North America Media Products and Publishing. “PBS has made our program available to all Americans for almost 50 years, playing a vital role in helping the most vulnerable kids get access to quality preschool education. As a longtime partner of PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sesame Workshop is proud to participate in this exhibit.”
• Sesame Street reaches children in 150 countries
• Each month, more than 95 million people watch their local PBS stations.
• The first show broadcast on NPR was All Things Considered on May 3, 1971
• More than 37 million people listen to NPR each month.
• The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides federal dollars to approximately 1,500 TV and radio stations.
• KLRU-TV Austin PBS provides a free 24/7 children’s programming live stream through pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App.
• More than 600,000 people listen to KUT and KUTX in Central Texas each week.