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A President’s Country

July 8, 2013

A President's Country: A Guide to the Hill Country of Texas

A President’s Country: A Guide to the Hill Country of Texas (1964) [F384.3 .M33 1964 ]

For 20 years Jack Maguire served as the executive director of the Ex-Student’s Association of University of Texas, before moving to San Antonio to assume the role of executive director of the Institute of Texan Cultures. The transition from alumni association to museum director was an easy decision for Maguire, as he had been researching and writing about Texas history for more than 30 years. In 1962 his monthly column for Texas Parade Magazine was picked up as a syndicated column and “Talk of Texas” ran in over 26 newspapers.

A President's Country: A Guide to the LBJ Country of Texas

A President’s Country: A Guide to the LBJ Country of Texas (1973) [F384.3 .M33 1973]

Maguire’s second book,  A President’s Country, was published in 1964 at the request of President Lyndon B. Johnson following LBJ’s election the previous year. The purpose of the book was to introduce the reader to the Texas Hill Country where Johnson grew up. A President’s Country includes chapters on the region’s geology, plant and wildlife, architecture, indigenous peoples and settlers written by experts on the topics, including Henry Shuffler, W.W. Newcomb, Jr. and Peter Flawn.

The original 1964 edition can be found in our John Peace Library reading room, while a copy of the 1973 edition can be found in our HemisFair Park Campus reading room.

In the fall of 2012, Jack Maguire, Jr. donated his father’s collection of photographs from the making of the book to Special Collections.  Below you can enjoy a short slideshow of  select photographs used in the books:

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Sources:

  • “Twenty Exceptional Years,” Alcalde (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 3, January/February 1976.
  • “Jack Maguire: A true ‘Texas original,'” The Rotarian, May 2001.
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