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  • Treasure of the Month
    Galveston seascape was painted in 1922 at the request of the artist s son Rollfing s son August Rollfing Jr was working as a cotton broker in Dallas at the time He wrote to his father and asked him to paint a picture of the Galveston water for which he was homesick Though not as well known as Julius Stockfleth or Boyer Gonzales Rollfing s talent as a painter was recognized in his day Rollfing received commissions to paint scenic murals at the Grand Opera House and at the Tremont Hotel and he also gilded the statuary in St Patrick Catholic Church and in St Mary s Infirmary Other projects included decorating floats for Mardi Gras and painting stage scenery for local theaters Rollfing s workshop was located on 24th Street between Mechanic and Market August Rollfing was born in Germany in 1859 He studied art and traveled extensively through Europe before immigrating to Galveston in the 1880s There he married Louisa Christina Hansen and the couple had four children only three of whom lived to adulthood The Rollfing family s first home was located on Mechanic and 7th Street just a few blocks from Julius Stockfleth a friend and fellow artist who had also immigrated to Galveston from Germany Later the Rollfings moved near the beach at 18th and Avenue P which is where they lived at the time of the 1900 Storm The family s home and its contents including many of Rollfing s paintings were completely destroyed In 1932 Louisa Rollfing then age 72 wrote an autobiography which included her account of the family s experience during the 1900 Storm in Galveston These recollections are included in both Isaac s Storm by Erik Larson and Through a Night of Terrors co edited by Casey Greene and Shelley

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  • Treasure of the Month
    made by soldiers civilians or prisoners of war during World War I Many examples of trench art were crafted by soldiers in exchange for food cigarettes or money others were made by the wounded and convalescent in hospitals Objects commonly used to make trench art were artillery shell fragments and casings enemy helmets and military uniform buttons Shell fragments were often painted or embossed and used as vases Jewelry such as lockets and rings were fashioned from aluminum cans Wood from airplane propellers was used to carve clocks and picture frames Prisoners of war produced a number of decorative artifacts for sale to the soldiers and civilians living near the internment camps Items like matchbox covers cigarette cases and lighters were purchased by the prisoners of war captors Other objects such as wallets napkin rings and painted boxes were sent home to family members as souvenirs For the most part trench art pieces bear no signature or maker s mark Even today the identity of these anonymous artisans remains a mystery The Rosenberg Library has several examples of trench art from World War I in its museum collection These include two brass cigarette lighters a model submarine made from shell cartridges a letter opener decorated with a copper pfennig German coin and an ashtray featuring a miniature Prussian helmet called a pickelhaube Photo Captions 1 This ca 1918 cigarette lighter is made from two brass roundels of the same type found on Imperial German military uniform belts The roundels bear the motto Gott Mitt Uns meaning God is With Us It was sent to the donor by her brother Capt Herbert A Robertson while he was in Europe during WWI donated by the Estate of Mrs Z L White 2 Model submarine crafted from cartridge shells ca 1918 This model

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    throughout the building During the 1950s the library building underwent its first major renovation in order to better meet the changing needs of the community The 700 seat auditorium was divided into several separate rooms one of which was used for historical exhibits It wasn t until the opening of the Moody Memorial Wing in 1971 that formal exhibit galleries became part of the Rosenberg Library facility Collecting Practice Over the last 109 years the library s museum collection has grown to include well over 7 000 works of art and historical artifacts While the library exhibits are regularly rotated and updated to showcase different materials it is impossible to display the entire collection at any given time due to space constraints and preservation concerns For this reason the vast majority remain in climate controlled storage areas on the library s attic level while not on display During the past several decades small museums like that at Rosenberg Library have formed a better understanding of professional standards and collecting practices In the 1980s Rosenberg Library s Board of Directors adopted a formal acquisitions policy which narrowed the collecting focus to items directly related to the people places and events which shaped the history of Galveston and early Texas and to artworks which are of museum quality Fake Modigliani painting gift of Howard Barnstone However no such policies were in place during the earlier years of the library s existence and as a result the collection includes strange exotic and unusual items from all ends of the earth From Our Attic showcases many of these rarely exhibited artifacts and works of art Collection Highlights Several art forgeries have been discovered in the Museum collection including a portrait of a woman with an elongated neck and almond shaped eyes in the distinctive

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  • Hallway Gallery
    children and are fun to reminisce about as adults Often toys offer a glimpse into how life was different and in many cases how it was the same in the past Tops marbles and iron toys Early 20th century Children of ancient civilizations played with many of the same toys still found today rattles balls tops pull along animals and dolls Examples of these types of objects have been uncovered

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    highly stylized and geometrically precise During his career Rene Lalique took advantage of what were at the time the most modern techniques available With the aid of more advanced technology and equipment Lalique was able to produce multiple glass wares simultaneously Lalique utilized assembly lines and reusable molds to manufacture his glass designs by the thousands Despite being machine manufactured Lalique s glass and jewelry maintained its quality and handmade

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    display was a letter from Edward Schreiber President of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce to Admiral Walter Ford dated May 22 1958 one day after the Maritime Day Banquet In it Schreiber thanked the Admiral for his remarks and expressed his wish that the possibility of establishing a maritime academy at Galveston be seriously considered On January 3 1962 Captain Sherman Wetmore chairman of the Galveston Maritime Committee received a Western Union telegram notifying him that the U S Maritime Administration had approved the establishment of an academy on Galveston Island The Rosenberg Library Special Collections has this original document in their archives and a copy of it is also included in the exhibit Twenty three days later the Texas Governor Price Daniel and Texas A M University President James Earl Rudder signed the agreement authorizing the opening of the Texas Maritime Academy The Texas Maritime Academy then made momentous progress when Mr George P Mitchell generously donated the 100 acre Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island to the school in honor of his parents The Mitchell Campus was ready for occupancy in 1971 Landscaped with only patches of brush the campus originally consisted of the berth for the Texas Clipper an engineering building and the academic building called Admin and later Kirkham Hall From these humble beginnings the institution has added the Northen Student Center three dorms two private dormitories a physical plant the Jack K Williams Library the Physical Education Facility 156 acres of wetlands on West Galveston Island the Offat s Bayou campus Waterfront Campus on Teichman Road the state of the art Engineering Building the Sea Aggie Center adjacent to the Mitchell Campus and has recently broken ground for the new Science Building The school has also received a 2 million dollar gift from George Mitchell to expand its maritime fisheries research The Texas Maritime Academy found a generous friend and benefactor in Mary Moody Northen Ms Northen donated a great deal of time and money to aid the school during its early days The student center on campus is named in her honor Another Galvestonian Senator A R Babe Schwartz fought not only to establish a maritime academy in Galveston but also to make it a designated college under the Texas A M University system Schwartz battled in the state legislature to secure both state and federal funding for the school Dr Sammy Ray is a living legend at Texas A M at Galveston A pioneer in marine biology and one the world s foremost experts on oysters Dr Ray has been a presence on campus since the early days at Fort Crockett Fort Crockett was a WWII military training base and Building 311 was designated as the campus headquarters for the first class of cadets to enroll at the Texas Maritime Academy in 1962 Displayed at the entrance to the exhibit was the original wooden sign for Fort Crockett s Building 311 The first catalog of courses for the 1962 1963 academic year was also

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    portraits of well known members of Galveston families lining the walls and special belongings displayed in the elegant hallway cases In 1838 Michel B Menard founded the Galveston City Company on one league and a labor of land on the eastern end of Galveston Island With this company the first citizens of Galveston issued deeds to plots of land to investors and the City of Galveston was chartered in 1839 As the principal port and gateway to the Southwest Galveston was able to profit from shipping mercantile goods banks and transportation The mid 1870s through the 1890s represented the pinnacle of Galveston s prosperity A visitor to the island would have seen a bustling city with paved streets impressive buildings and tropical gardens The Strand the business district of the island became a major financial center and the amassed wealth of its businesses was redistributed through the various city beautification projects Entertainment in Galveston also tended to be lavish It was customary for its citizens to throw several balls throughout the year as well as several other functions that participated in fine food speeches and dancing Many charitable groups and volunteer organizations were involved in securing the growth of Galveston

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  • Harris Gallery
    Rosenberg Library Voices from the Past includes an assortment of late 19th and early 20th century photographs from the Galveston and Texas History Center at Rosenberg Library On display will be images of schools churches businesses and residents which collectively portray the island s rich African American cultural heritage Rosenberg Library partnered with local residents to develop a unique interactive tour which allows visitors to watch and listen to personal stories which relate to the photos Topics range from emotional anecdotes regarding discrimination and segregated facilities to more lighthearted tales of recreation and childhood adventures Visitors can access video and audio content to enhance the experience using their own cell phone or smart phone Acknowledgments Voices from the Past is a collaboration with Galveston Reads 2015 Rosenberg Library thanks the following organizations and individuals who contributed to the exhibit Old Central Cultural Center Galveston Reads Bernard W Curtis David H O Neal Jr Doug Matthews Frederick Ferguson Kelton D Sams Jr Pete Henley Cornelia Harris Banks Alice Gatson Roland P Thomas Tommie D Boudreaux Irenaeus Jordan Bural R Walker Izola E F Collins James E Josey Sr and Fay H Williams Voices from the Past includes photographs generously donated to

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