“Portraits of Texas Governors” http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/governors/ a new on-line exhibit of the Texas State Library & Archives, features a unique and extensive collection of official records of Texas governors, including correspondence, speeches, press releases, reports and proclamations, beginning with Texas statehood in 1846.
According to the library’s project coordinator, Liz Clare, Texas is the first state archives to create such an extensive on-line exhibit. The exhibit includes a biography of each governor, his or her official portrait, revealing documents from the official papers, rare photos, and a timeline of events that puts each governor's term into historical perspective. The majority of the original documents and images displayed are part of the Texas State Archives in Austin.
Clare chose documents to help visitors learn about the challenges and controversies faced by each governor, and how Texas and the role of the governor changed over the years.
Visitors can view original documents concerning Indian raids, outlaws, the desperate situation in Texas during the Civil War, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Rare photographs include Reconstruction Governor Edmund J. Davis in his Federal uniform, big Jim Hogg sitting on a tree stump, Depression-era Governor James Allred water-skiing and socializing with Ginger Rogers, and Pappy O'Daniel leading his band, the Hillbilly Boys.
“Portraits of Texas Governors” has something for everyone, whether you're a student, a genealogist, a historian, or just interested in the history of Texas," notes Clare. "This exhibit was especially satisfying because many of these governors are not household names today. In a way, this exhibit can help bring them back to life by giving people a chance to learn about their lives and times and what was important to people back then."
“Portraits” is the second on-line history exhibit available on the State Library's Web site. Visitors to the site may also tour the popular “Texas Treasures” exhibit, which highlights some of the most significant aspects of Texas history. “Texas Treasures” expands periodically with new topics. Visit < www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures > often to view the newest topics.
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Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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