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Through Jan. 3, 2011, visitors to Austin, Texas, can gain insight into modern U.S. history through the Lyndon B. Johnson Library’s new exhibit, “Cronkite: Eyewitness to a Century.” The exhibition chronicles the perspective of the legendary CBS anchor and journalist, Walter Cronkite, on some of the most important and transitive events in modern history, including D-Day, the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and the space race.
“Cronkite: Eyewitness to a Century” explores both Cronkite’s personal and professional lives as well as the values that he brought to journalism, earning him the nickname of “the most trusted man in America.” The exhibit also features interactive elements and never-before-seen items from the Briscoe Center for American History’s collections, including his personal effects and journals.
“Visitors will not only get to know more about Cronkite, they will have a front-row seat to some of the most important people and events in 20th century history,” said Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center and the curator of the exhibit, who was also Cronkite’s oral historian and close friend.
The exhibition is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission and parking are free.