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10-31-06 - The State of Texas Celebrates the Texas Legation Records, Nov. 3, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
03-20-06 - 10² Talking Book Club Keeping Centenarians Across the Country Reading
03-03-06 - Sally Reynolds appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
 

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October 31, 2006
The State of Texas Celebrates the Texas Legation Records, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m.
A rare piece of Texas history lives through fire, flood, and neglect, and returns “home” after 161 years

Austin – On Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will celebrate a collection of Texas historical documents that have been on a 161-year adventure, from the hands of Sam Houston in 1845 to the Texas State Archives in 2006. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will unveil the restored Texas Legation Records at a press conference for the first time publicly, and recognize the efforts of many organizations and individuals that have allowed their homecoming, including Texas Christian University and the Texas State Historical Association.

The Texas Legation Records are a collection of some 250 documents created and received by the officials who maintained the official Texas Legation at Washington, D. C., from Dec. 1836 until Dec. 1845, when Texas was annexed into the United States. The records comprising the collection cover primarily the years 1836 to 1839 and consist mainly of the dispatches that passed between the Texan Government and its commissioners and chargés d’affaires at Washington, and of the notes exchanged by that Government and the United States chargés in Texas.

According to Texas State Archivist Mr. Chris LaPlante, many of the original documents in the collection have never been seen by scholars or the general public.

In March, the Texas State Historical Association auctioned the right of a donor to select a state-approved institution to exhibit the collection for five years, in accordance with the State’s rules for the loan and exhibition of state archives. The collection has been conserved through the efforts of private donors and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The documents will be placed at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, for five years, beginning this winter. Following the end of their loan to TCU, the Legation Records will return to the Commission for permanent retention in the State Archives.

Learn more about the Texas Legation Records

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March 20, 2006
10² Talking Book Club Keeping Centenarians Across the Country Reading
Ceremony at the Texas State Capitol will Honor Centenarians

AUSTIN -Seventeen Texas centenarians will become the latest inductees in the 10² Talking Book Club today as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress, the Texas Talking Book Program and Texas State Library and Archives Commission officially launch the Texas chapter of the national program on Wednesday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m., in the Texas State Capitol.

The Club recognizes the accomplishments of Talking Book readers 100 years of age and older and affords them special privileges such as priority on high-demand reading materials like bestsellers. The Talking Book Program provides books and magazines on audio to those who can't read a standard printed page. More than 20,000 Texans currently benefit from this state program.

"The 10² Talking Book Club represents the true spirit of the Talking Book reading program. Our more than 1,600 Talking Book centenarians have continued to actively read in every stage of their lives, regardless of blindness or physical handicaps," said Frank Kurt Cylke, director of NLS. "It's our hope that their love of reading will encourage others who are eligible to join their local or state program."

The 10² Talking Book Club Honorees will be inducted Wednesday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony celebrates the 75th Anniversary of both the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress and the Texas Talking Book Program and will honor the 17 centenarians to be inducted into the Club. (Note: Due to health concerns, we can not guarantee attendance of the centenarians at the induction.)

According to Library of Congress statistics, nearly all states have eligible centenarians for the 10² Talking Book Club. Interested parties may visit the NLS website, www.loc.gov/nls, and browse the 10² Talking Book Club page for additional information, including how to locate a state or local participating library.

NLS provides a free national reading service to people who can no longer read the standard print of a newspaper or even the pages of a large-print book. The program loans members a wide selection of recorded books and magazines, Braille books and magazines, and music scores in Braille and large print.bAnyone who is a citizen of the United States and cannot read or use standard print materials because of a visual or physical handicap may qualify to use Talking Books. Specific information on who qualifies and how to enroll in the free program can be found at www.loc.gov/nls or by dialing 1-800-424-9100.

View the official Texas State Library and Archives Commission resolution
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March 3, 2006
Sally Reynolds appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Austin - The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce Rockport resident Sally Reynolds' appointment to its governing board. Governor Rick Perry has appointed Ms. Reynolds to a six-year term that expires Sept. 28, 2011. Reynolds replaces Chris A. Brisack of Houston, whose term has expired.

State Librarian Peggy D. Rudd noted, "Ms. Reynolds brings a fresh perspective and a unique set of skills and experiences to our commission. Her knowledge of state government has helped her to quickly become acclimated to the mission and goals of the state library."

Ms. Reynolds' library career with the Texas Legislative Reference Library spans 29 years. She retired in 1998, having served as director of the library for nearly 13 years. During her tenure as director, in addition to overseeing the daily operations of the library and conducting legislative research, she developed a pioneer data imaging/retrieval program for legislative bill and research clippings files. She was also active in the Texas Library Association and the State Agency Libraries of Texas, and served on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ms. Reynolds is active within her South Texas community, and currently serves as vice president of the board of trustees of the Texas Maritime Museum and is a member of the Friends of the Fulton Mansion. She's been a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels for more than a decade.

"I'm excited about being reunited with the library profession," says Reynolds. "Libraries are facing many of the same challenges they were facing before I retired, as well as some new ones. I hope to learn as much as possible about their needs and use my service as commissioner to help address them."

The commission is a seven-member body appointed by the Governor to lead the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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