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Sam Houston Center Museum Renovation Planned

July 9, 2014



AUSTIN, Texas, July 9 -- The Texas State Library and Archives Commission issued the following news release:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has launched a multi-year plan to renovate the museum area at its Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center (http://hidedoor.com/servlet/redirect.srv/saun/sbkiqg/saik/spqr/p2/shc/index.html) in Liberty, TX. This will be the first major renovation of the museum since the Center was opened in May 1977.

The Center is the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler. Representatives of each county were invited to participate in a kick-off meeting on July 7 to provide input on a new exhibit that will tell the story of the historic Atascosito District and the counties carved from it.

"We appreciate the participation and support of local historians and stakeholders. Their feedback will be used to develop an exhibit that area residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come," said Center Manager Alana Inman.

The Center's new exhibit is being designed by Pony Allen Studios of Austin, TX, which has created exhibits for the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum.

"This is a rich historical area of Texas and the Sam Houston Center is a very special place. It's an honor for me to help the Texas State Library and Archives Commission share the history and unique stories of this region of Texas," said Mr. Allen.

The museum renovation, which will include new interpretive features, displays, and lighting, is part of a series of improvements planned at the Center over the next few years. Other projects include installation of new fire suppression and detection systems, an upgraded entrance, and enhancements to the library's research room.

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In addition to serving as an archives and museum, it encompasses five historic buildings and the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives. The Center is located at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty, TX. For more information, please call (936) 336-8821 or visit www.tsl.texas.gov/shc/index.html.

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