Sam Houston Center “Special Selections from the Stacks” Exhibit to Close August 31

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
Liberty, TX

A picnic style blanket with colorful patterns, roses, keys, and hands with red hearts on them
Summer spread, by Margaret Lea Houston, about mid-19th century. Cotton textile, 98 x 80 1/4. 1983.125.0007,
Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

LIBERTY, TX - The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center announces the closing of its exhibit, “Special Selections from the Stacks” on August 31, 2019. Featuring more than 15 of the most significant artifacts in the collections, this exhibit explores the variety of historical treasures available at the Center. 

“Special Selections from the Stacks” draws from the Center’s entire collection to spotlight items of the greatest interest and most fragile condition. On display are a summer spread sewn by the wife of Sam Houston, Margaret Lea Houston, and correspondence between the couple. Also available for viewing is what is purported to be a diary (ca. 1850) written by French pirate Jean Lafitte and a letter from Andrew Jackson to Thomas Jefferson introducing Sam Houston.

“These are items rarely seen,” said Center Manager Alana Inman. “Once they return to the ‘stacks,’ the artwork, documents and artifacts on exhibit won’t be displayed again for many years. We hope that everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to see them now.”

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,,  or by visiting


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

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Manager, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
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