Texas State Library and Archives Commission celebrates 100 years of service to Texas
1909 – 2009 A Century of Service to Texas
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and kicked off its yearlong celebration with a noon press conference and birthday party on Thursday, March 19, 2009, on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building, in Austin.
The public was invited to hear performances by the Austin Girls' Choir and featured speaker Bill Crawford, the author of Please Pass the Biscuits, Pappy. He has co-authored Austin: An Illustrated History, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire, and Cerealizing America: The Unsweetened Story of American Breakfast Cereal and Texas. Crawford is a frequent contributor to the Austin Chronicle, Texas Monthly and other publications.
A proclamation from Gov. Rick Perry along with a Texas House and Senate resolution was read to the crowd in recognition of TSLAC's Centennial celebration. The agency selected "1909 – 2009 A Century of Service to Texas," as the theme for its 100th anniversary. The event featured birthday cake and a limited amount of books were given to the children in attendance.
"We are excited about celebrating our first century and look forward to beginning a second century of service to Texas in the renovated Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building," said Peggy D. Rudd, director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The building, which is the TSLAC headquarters, opened in 1962, and is currently undergoing a $15.5 million legislative-appropriated renovation project. The renovations are expected to be complete in early 2010.
The agency is celebrating the act creating the Texas Library and Historical Commission that became effective March 19, 1909, when Governor Thomas M. Campbell signed the bill that created the agency. The bill directed the new agency to aid and encourage public libraries and collect materials related to Texas history.
Renamed in 1979 as the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the agency continues its mission to safeguard significant resources, provide information services and support research, education and reading, and enhance the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.
The Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas sponsored the birthday cake and signage for the event. To donate to the Friends campaign and/or to join the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, contact Charlotte McCann, director of development, at (512) 936-2505 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.texaslibraryfriends.org.