This April, Texans celebrate 21 years of Día de los Niño’s, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day): a celebration of children, culture and literature. Texas Center for the Book coined the term Lone Star Día for Texas and encouraged statewide participation. Nationally, libraries, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to discover “bookjoy” year-round and most events occur around Día’s birthday on April 30th.
Nine students have won the Texas round of the 2017 Letters About Literature Competition, sponsored in part by the Texas Center for the Book. This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, gives 4th-12th graders a chance to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, close to 40,000 students wrote letters and since 1997 more than a million students have participated.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, held an open house on Saturday, March 18, inviting area residents to donate items of historical importance to be included in the soon-to-be updated museum space detailing the narrative of the Atascosito District of Southeast Texas.
Over 2,200 Texas A&M University students answered the call to serve in World War 1, more than any other American college. To commemorate their service and honor the 55 fallen soldiers who did not return home, a flag was created. For many years the flag was displayed at the
Capitol and then preserved in the Texas State Archives.
Join us on April 6, 2017, the Centennial Anniversary of US entrance into World War I, as the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Bob R. Glenn and reappointed Jelain Chubb to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board for terms set to expire February 1, 2020. The board works to improve archival and records storage conditions throughout the state and promote the preservation and use of the state’s documentary heritage.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is on a campaign to broaden its collections in order to more fully document the history of the Southeast Texas region. The Center serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the historic Atascosito District, a ten county area including Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has contracted with Exhibit Concepts, in collaboration with Pony Allen Studios to renovate the museum space and reception area at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. The project will include an upgrade to the 1,900 square foot museum exhibit space with updated furnishings, displays, signage and a permanent exhibit highlighting the history of the Atascosito District.
The official state records of longtime State Representative Sylvester Turner are now available online through the work of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Turner, who now serves as Mayor of Houston, represented House District 139 from 1989-2015.