“Wish You Were Here!” Exhibit Opens at the Sam Houston Center

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
Austin, TX

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LIBERTY, TX - The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center presents the exhibit, “Wish You Were Here!” now on display in the Center’s museum. “Wish You Were Here!” highlights historic Southeast Texas vacation spots, industry, culture and recreational opportunities through a selection of postcards, tourism publications and historic documents curated from the research collections.

Among other sources, the exhibit pulls from the substantial Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, which covers almost the entirety of the 20th century and features visual documentation of the Southeast Texas oil refineries, architecture, rivers, railroads and much more. Sour Lake’s springs and hotel were a draw in the early 20th century and the Pleasure Pier in Port Arthur entertained visitors to the Gulf Coast. Later, in the 1960s, tourists might visit the Alabama-Coushatta’s Living Indian Village near Livingston. Postcards and promotional materials contribute to the material culture of a time and place and reveal how people interacted with their environment and each other. Visit “Wish You Were Here!” for a fascinating view of the past.

A component of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center houses local government records, rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, photographs and other media formats covering a wide range of Southeast Texas history. In addition to the archives and museum, four historic buildings and the Jean Price Daniel Home and Archives are located on the Center’s grounds.

The Center is located at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty, Texas.  Operating hours are Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Center staff at 936-336-8821, samhoustoncenter@tsl.texas.gov, or by visiting www.tsl.texas.gov/shc.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

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Manager, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
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