2017 Letters About Literature Reading/Writing Program Winners Announced

2017 Letters About Literature Reading/Writing Program Winners Announced
Austin, Texas

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.

Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book
512-936-2505
rmanley@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Open House Launches Campaign to Find Local Southeast Texas History

Open House Launches Campaign to Find Local Southeast Texas History
Liberty, TX

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.

Alana Inman
Manager, Sam Houston Center
936-336-8821
ainman@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

TSLAC to Return WWI Service Flag to Texas A&M University Officials in Special Ceremony

TSLAC to Return WWI Service Flag to Texas A&M University Officials in Special Ceremony
Austin, 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

Ashley Stevens
Education and Outreach Coord.
512-463-9807
astevens@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Governor Abbott Appoints Glenn And Chubb To The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board

Governor Abbott Appoints Glenn And Chubb To The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board
Austin, Texas

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.

Ashley Stevens
Education and Outreach Coord.
512-463-9807
astevens@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

State Research Center Seeks Local History

State Research Center Seeks Local History
Liberty, TX

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.

Alana Inman
Manager, Sam Houston Center
936-336-8821
ainman@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Begins Museum Renovation Project, Welcomes Public for Behind-the-Scenes tour on 3/18

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Begins Museum Renovation Project, Welcomes Public f
Liberty, TX

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.

Alana Inman
Manager, Sam Houston Center
936-336-8821
ainman@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Texas Digital Archive Makes Available Records of Representative Sylvester Turner

Texas Digital Archive Makes Available Records of Representative Sylvester Turner
Austin, Texas

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries
Austin, Texas

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that Texas public libraries provide $2.628 billion in economic benefits to the state. Collectively, in FY2015, Texas public libraries were found to offer a sizeable return on investment. For every one dollar spent, libraries offered $4.64 worth of services, resources, and economic opportunity to communities.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

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