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Sam Houston Center celebrates renovated museum

More than 200 people attended Saturday’s grand reopening celebration of the museum at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. The new museum exhibit is titled Atascocito: The History of Southeast Texas. Mark Smith is the Texas state librarian and director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. He said the exhibit is the result of tremendous planning and work coupled with a long-term vision for the museum. During the celebration, Mr. Smith praised a number of local people and groups, including the Daniel Foundation and former chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Sandy Pickett. He also invited the community to take advantage of the Sam Houston Center and its holdings. The Sam Houston Center serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 Southeast Texas counties of Liberty, Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler. In addition to providing access to historic records and artifacts through its archives and museum, the complex includes four historic buildings and the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives. The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Center’s holdings include more than 12,000 cubic feet of historical materials related to Southeast Texas. Those holdings are comprised of local government records, manuscripts, fine art prints and photographs, blueprints and maps, newspapers, books and journals, three-dimensional artifacts, audio-visual materials, microfilm plus news archives from KSHN Radio. Again, the new museum exhibit is Atascocito: The History of Southeast Texas. The Sam Houston Center is located at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty. It is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 4. For more information, call 936-336-8821.

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