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    and they decided to revolt The first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired on October 2 1835 at Gonzales After several defeats in battle against the Texans the Mexican Army retreated back to Mexico An Independent Texas Texas declared its independence on March 2 1836 at Washington on the Brazos Only four days later however William Travis s men were dealt a hard blow by Mexican troops at the Alamo Texans led by James Fannin were defeated a second time at Goliad on March 27 General Sam Houston led the retreat of the Texas army to the bridge at Vince s Bayou near the San Jacinto River There he was able to gain more troops and train them as they awaited the arrival of Santa Anna and his men The Battle of San Jacinto On April 21 1836 General Sam Houston led a surprise attack on Santa Anna s troops at San Jacinto The Texans shouted Remember the Alamo Remember Goliad as they charged the Mexican army In just eighteen minutes 630 Mexicans had been killed and 730 were taken prisoner Only 9 Texans were killed and 30 men were left wounded Among the injured was Sam Houston who had taken a rifle ball to his ankle Santa Anna was captured the following day The Treaty of Velasco There were actually two signed treaties that ended the war and restored peace between Texas and Mexico The first public treaty recognized Texas an independent nation with its border extending to the Rio Grande River The second treaty a private agreement secured the release of Santa Anna in exchange for his promise to ensure that the Mexican government would uphold all provisions of the treaty Texas remained an independent republic for the next nine years until it was annexed by the

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    century required women s ankles to be covered to protect them from men s prying eyes The priority of this time was function not fashion but the rare glimpse of the exposed foot while walking inspired boot makers to adorn their creations with silk fabrics lace buttons and metallic thread embroidery The early part of the 20th century is often referred to as the Belle Epoque or Beautiful Age Women of this time leaned toward classical aesthetics The obsession with corseting and narrow portions of the body caused people to develop a preference for narrow feet Women regularly wore shoes that were a full size too small and some women even opted to have their little toes removed to achieve narrower feet The foot became the focal point of fashion during the 1920s The Industrial Revolution opened the world to creative design Mass production and the development of affordable synthetic fabrics such as satin silk and velvet granted everyone access to beautiful shoes and shoes were elevated to accessory status The Mary Jane a T strapped shoe with a heel and buckle was popular at this time In the 1930s women began to wear peep toe pumps showing the tiniest

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    League s annual Spring Juries Show Treasure of the Month since the Library opened in 1904 the museum has collected rare and interesting pieces from around the world Gallery Exhibits artwork and artifacts from the museum s extensive collections Special

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  • Past Treasures of the Month
    Causeway September 2013 Vintage Ladies Hats October 2013 Silver Service November 2013 J F Smith Bros Co December 2013 Emma Lee 2012 January 2012 Play A Sax February 2012 Sea Arama March 2012 Architectural Remnants April 2012 Texas Heroes May 2012 Colonel Marius S Chataignon June 2012 Presentation Silver July 2012 Galveston Brewing Company Artifacts August 2012 Spanish American War Artifacts September 2012 Japanese Netsukes October 2012 E S Levy Co Artifacts November 2012 Native American Jewelry December 2012 Joseph Imhof 2011 January 2011 Bronze Chalice February 2011 Civil War Dental Surgeon March 2011 Ivory Walking Stick April 2011 Hunting Conservation Stamps May 2011 Engelke Crockery Relics June 2011 Gregorian telescope July 2011 Georgian Sugar Tongs August 2011 Graphophone ca 1898 September 2011 Police Relics October 2011 1890 Veiled Prophet s Ball Invitation November 2011 Mayor John Allen December 2011 The Interurban Model Train 2010 January 2010 Victorian hair jewelry February 2010 Carved Peruvian gourd March 2010 Novelette Triplex Camera April 2010 St Peter of Alcantara May 2010 Mustache cups June 2010 Barong from the Philippine American War July 2010 Key to the city of Niigata Japan August 2010 Neapolitan mandolin September 2010 Samuel May Williams waffle iron October 2010 Moroccan scimitars November 2010 Barrel butter churn December 2010 Ceramic spittoon 2009 July August 2009 Foot stocks from the old Galveston County Jail September 2009 Cel animation of Sneezy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs October 2009 Early 20th century crystal ball November 2009 Miniature model of an antique hand pumper fire engine December 2009 Purity Ice Cream Co glassware The Rosenberg Library suffered extensive damage on September 13 2008 from Hurricane Ike During the remainder of that year and until the summer of 2009 the museum was closed to the public while the library underwent reparations and restoration

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum - Past Exhibits
    Gallery Voices from the Past An Exhibit Celebrating African American History in Galveston This exhibition featured historic images from the library s archival collection related to the African American history in Galveston A Century of Galveston Art This exhibition showcased works by the members of the Galveston Art League that have been painted during the past 100 years Island Art Island Architecture Paintings of Historic Galveston Homes This exhibition represents a strong commitment to the preservation of Galveston s artistic treasures A large number of works from the library s permanent collection as well as works loaned by local residents were featured Of Birds and Texas The Art of Stuart and Scott Gentling The exhibit featured lithographic prints from artists and twin brothers Stuart and Scott Gentling s limited edition 1986 elephant folio Of Birds and Texas acclaimed as the most magnificent book ever produced in Texas By the Shore of Gitche Gumee The exhibit featured twenty one dramatic illustrations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha created by artist Joseph Boggs Beale in the early 1900s Visitors to By the Shore of Gitchee Gumee can use their Smartphones to listen to an audio recording of the poem Embracing Aging This exhibit featured works by accomplished local photographers Barbara Pursley and Marilyn Brodwick spotlighting aging and presenting images that invoke powerful emotions The Art of Clyde Harold Wortham It was Mr Wortham s wish that his collection become part of the Rosenberg Library s permanent art collection following his death The Museum is proud to own over forty of his works a selection of which was on exhibit in 2011 Wings In Watercolor 33 Works by Boyer Gonzales Sr 1864 1934 This exhibit featured thirty three watercolors and sketches of various birds by an award winning

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  • Rosenberg Library Museum Online Catalog
    Major Events Miscellaneous Emil Bunjes Santa Anna 1900 Storm Dolls Boyer Gonzales Rebecca Bettie Brown Civil War Historic Bathing Suits George Grover Henry Cohen Mardi Gras House Flags Collection Winslow Homer Sam Houston Republic of Texas Lalique Glass Collection Grace Spaulding John Karankawa Indians Texas Navy Mardi Gras Dress Collection Merlin McGivney Jean Lafitte World War I Native American Collection Paul Schumann The Lockhart Family World War II Portrait Collection

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  • Treasure of the Month
    Mina held its first meeting July 2 1902 Two years later the El Mina Shriner Band was founded to put a little more of the boom boom into the proceedings as a May 1923 Galveston Tribune article put it Paul Naschke a well known Galveston photographer is credited with founding the band which made frequent appearances in parades and public events By 1910 the group played in Havana New Orleans and Rochester New York The band remained popular for many years As membership in El Mina grew the group sought out a space of their own In 1928 they purchased Ashton Villa formerly the J M Brown residence at 2328 Broadway for their temple They made substantial changes to the building including tearing down the kitchen building a ballroom removing a wall on the second floor for a billiard room and removing walls on the third floor for a band rehearsal hall In 1970 it was taken over by the Galveston Historical Foundation who opened it to the public four years later The History of the Fez This Shriners fez will be on display for January The fez is the most recognizable symbols of the Shriners Lore states that William Florence had been to a party thrown by an Arabian diplomat in France and was so drawn to the exotic culture he adopted its head gear for the new organization Named for the city in Morocco where it s produced the fez on display has the local temple s name El Mina in gold letters It also features an iconic emblem called the Jewel of the Order Like most things Masionic the emblem is full of symbolism It consists of a scimitar which represents the members of the fraternity the two claws are for fraternity and philanthropy the sphinx for

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  • Treasure of the Month
    Hutchings Sealy Bank an institution that his father who died in 1884 cofounded In 1891 he was named a senior partner of the bank The same year he was elected to succeed his uncle George Sealy as the president of the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railway and the Galveston Wharf Company Sealy showed astute business acumen and spread his business holdings to hotels construction insurance and petroleum just to name a few He founded Magnolia Petroleum Company which would eventually be absorbed by Standard Oil and is today part of Mobil Oil At the time of his death in 1926 John Sealy II was said to be the wealthiest man in Texas Local Legacy In 1900 the deadliest natural disaster in U S history struck Galveston and the thirty year old Sealy seized the opportunity to assist his community and demonstrate his leadership abilities He helped manage immediate relief operations and long range planning and rebuilding As the island transitioned back to normalcy Sealy served as the chairman of the Finance Commission and was instrumental in the construction of the Seawall and raising the grade of the island Tiffany Co pocket watch that belonged to John H Sealy will be on display for February image courtesy of Rosenberg Library John Sealy II carried on the legacy of his family through his philanthropic endeavors He and his sister Jennie Sealy Smith contributed an estimated 1 million of their personal funds to John Sealy Hospital named for their father and a woman s hospital built in 1915 The two later established the Sealy Smith Foundation to ensure the continued prosperity of the hospital Sealy was deeply involved with many other institutions in Galveston He served as the treasurer of the Diocese of Texas of the Episcopal Church Trustee of the Galveston city schools founding board member and president of the Rosenberg Library and a member of the University of Texas Board of Regents He worked with both the Letitia Rosenberg Woman s Home and the Galveston Orphan s Home When he died in February of 1926 the Galveston Daily News called him one of the best known and most beloved citizens of Galveston He never married and most of his estate was left to the Sealy Smith Foundation which still exists today to support John Sealy Hospital Display The February Treasure display includes a studio portrait photo of John H Sealy done in the famous Verkin Studio Started by a German immigrant Paul Verkin and later included his sons Paul R Mulvin and Louis the studio is perhaps best known for its photos of the 1900 storm However they also documented many other significant events like the grade raising and construction of the Seawall In addition to the Rosenberg Library the company s photographs can be found in the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin Sterling silver cup given to Charles Peek by his godfather John Sealy Note fairy tale motif around the bottom image courtesy

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