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  • Rosenberg Library Museum
    GALVESTON TX 409 763 8854 EXT 125 Rosenberg Library 2310 Sealy Avenue Galveston TX 77550 Webmaster Copyright 2011 Rosenberg Library

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum
    form my affection for the city of my adoption and for the people among whom I have lived for so many years trusting that it will aid their intellectual and moral development and be a source of pleasure and profit to them and their children and their children s children through many generations Henry Rosenberg The Rosenberg Library represents over a century long tradition of community service The Library traces its lineage to the opening in 1871 of the Galveston Merchantile Library the first public library in Texas Organized through a resolution by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce the Merchantile Library to the City of Galveston which placed it under public management The Galveston Free Library later known as the Galveston Public Library was discontinued in 1905 when the city transferred its collection to the newly opened Rosenberg Library In 1901 the Rosenberg Library s Board of Directors held a national competition to select the designer of its building They selected the architectural firm of Eames Young of St Louis A Masonic service was held in October 1902 for the laying of the cornerstone Constructed of brick stone and terra cotta the three story Italian renaissance style structure included high ceilings well suited to the Gulf Coast s climate The building was completed at a cost of 155 000 and dedicated on June 22 1904 Henry Rosenberg s birthday At the opening the building held 7 505 volumes Completed in 1971 The Moody Memorial Wing more than doubled the Rosenberg Library s floor space In February 1968 the Moody Foundation of Galveston informed the Rosenberg Library Association of its intention to grant 500 000 for the construction of a new wing for the Library Significant donors included the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund of Galveston and Mr and Mrs John

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  • Displays
    exhibits Here we offer a look at the current and past special displays Hover over any picture to see the subject of the display click on it to view a description of the display and additional pictures McGivney Award Winner

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  • Treasure of the Month
    plan to block investigation into the break in at Watergate The listening station for the headphones features a special plaque noting the historical significance of the items The Rosenberg Library will display two sets of Koss earphones used during impeachent hearings for President Richard Nixon Donated by Robert Havorson Also on display are Nixon campaign buttons One button is from the failed 1960 bid donated by Maury Darst in 1984 and the other is from the 1968 election donated by Lise Darst Setting the Stage Richard Nixon had a long and successful political career He represented California s 12th district in the U S House from 1947 1950 served as U S Senator for California from 1950 1953 and served as President Eisenhower s Vice President from 1953 1961 In 1960 he lost the Presidential election to John F Kennedy after winning the popular vote but securing fewer Electoral College votes It was his first electoral defeat in fourteen years In 1962 he lost a race for Governor of California to Pat Brown and famously told reporters in his concession speech You won t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore This wasn t the case After securing the Republican nomination Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace in the 1968 Presidential election He went on to win reelection by one of the largest margins in history in 1972 against George McGovern A Brewing Storm Daniel Ellsberg a military analyst working at the RAND Corporation leaked the Pentagon Papers exposing troubling facts about the war in Vietnam so the Nixon White House began a campaign to discredit him On September 3 1971 a group known as The White House Plumbers broke into Ellsberg s psychiatrist s office looking for information that would discredit him Months later The Plumbers were tasked with breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate Building Complex in Washington D C They were caught burglarizing and planting surveillance equipment and arrested A tip from journalist Bob Wooward led to evidence that the group was tied to the White House Soon after the Plumbers pled guilty to the break in and officials linked to the President were tried and found guilty After the death of FBI director J Edgar Hoover L Patrick Gray took over the organization During his confirmation hearing he admitted to providing daily updates on the Watergate investigation to the White House and indicated that White House Counsel John Dean likely lied to the F B I Dean then began to cooperate with investigators and admitted to speaking with Nixon numerous times about covering up the scandal Campaign buttons for Richard Nixon will be part of the April Treasure of the Month display More evidence of wrong doing accumulated one of the Plumbers admitted to perjury and indicated the White House played a role in the break in Gray resigned after it came to light that he may have destroyed evidence Nixon fired the Special Prosecutor and his Attorney General and Deputy

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Events
    GALVESTON TX 409 763 8854 EXT 125 Museum Book Club Meetings Thursday February 18th 2016 12 noon Register Rosenberg Library 2310 Sealy Avenue Galveston TX 77550 Webmaster Copyright 2011 Rosenberg

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  • Museum Gift Shop
    Available for purchase only at the Rosenberg Library Proceeds from these sales will fund museum conservation projects Examples Barry White 1944 2003 the American record producer and famous soul singer known for his rich bass voice and romantic image was born in Galveston George Bongo Joe Coleman 1923 1999 was a star attraction on Galveston s seawall next to Murdoch s in the late 1950s and 60s Bongo Joe played

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  • Galleries of the Rosenberg Library Museum
    GALVESTON TX 409 763 8854 EXT 125 Past Exhibits Rosenberg Library 2310 Sealy Avenue Galveston TX 77550 Webmaster Copyright 2011 Rosenberg Library

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  • Hallway Gallery
    century baskets played an important utilitarian role among native peoples Food and water were stored in woven containers which were sealed with pitch or resin Baskets were also objects of trade with the Spanish and with neighboring tribes For centuries Native Americans have made woven objects for utilitarian decorative and religious purposes Baskets are composed of a base side walls and a rim Sometimes lids handles or other embellishments are added Patterns can be made by changing the size color or placement of different weaving styles Likewise materials can be dyed then woven create intricate designs Common materials used in Southwest basketry are native plants including red yucca willow and grass JEWELRY When the Spanish arrived in the Southwest during the 16th century a rich heritage of native ornamentation was already in existence However the Spanish introduced new European forms of jewelry making as well as the technique of silversmithing During the early 1900s the expansion of the Santa Fe Railroad into the American Southwest created a huge demand for inexpensive Indian made curios The need for financial security prompted many Indian artisans to go to work in commercial jewelry factories to mass produce souvenirs for tourists Non traditional motifs and elaborate decoration were adopted in order to make Indian jewelry more appealing to the masses From about 1910 to 1940 traditional hand made jewelry could only be purchased away from major trade centers along the railroad line With the onset of the Great Depression followed by World War II the demand for Indian jewelry waned creating an economic crisis for the tribes in the Southwest In 1934 the U S Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act which gave tribes the right to govern themselves in an attempt to restore tribal identity and traditional ways of life The following year the Indian Arts and Crafts Board was created to assist Native American silversmiths by helping them establish new markets for their goods Vocational schools were founded specifically to teach the silversmith trade and these artisans enjoyed a growing patronage by collectors and museums During the past several decades Native American artisans have become more professionalized and individualistic in their approaches to design Some have adapted new modern styles and methods while others favor more traditional techniques and materials The appeal of Native American art both antique and modern has withstood the test of time Arts of the American Southwest is on display in the Hallway Gallery on the library s fourth floor Rosenberg Library Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a m to 6 p m Admission to the museum galleries is always free Past Exhibits When the library opened in 1904 it included a lecture auditorium on the third floor An excerpt from the book Henry Rosenberg 1824 1893 to Commemorate the Gifts of Henry Rosenberg to Galveston describes the intent and usage of the auditorium It is intended that free lectures shall embrace a wide range of subjects of general interest and be of such a

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