"Such a library as ours would not only contain books and current periodicals,
but there would be...articles of historic, scientific, and artistic interest."
~ Frank C. Patten, Head Librarian of Rosenberg Library, 1904 - 1934
The Library accepted its first museum piece shortly after it opened in 1904. Since then, thousands of rare and interesting objects from around the world have been added to the collection. Displayed in these pages are the Library's "Treasures of the Month."
June 2006 "Treasure of the Month"
After serving as a lieutenant colonel during the American Revolution, Paul Revere returned to his shop and continued to produce beautifully crafted silver for his customers. One of these patrons was Cornelius Coolidge (1778 - 1843), a well-known architect in post-Revolutionary Boston. Coolidge designed dozens of buildings in the city, many of which were built in the elite Beacon Hill area. Coolidge purchased the silver Revere pitcher which bears an engraved “C” for the family name. The piece was originally a cann, or a one-handled drinking vessel similar to a mug. At some point, a spout was added to the cann, converting it into a small pitcher.
Both the Revere pitcher and the Malbone miniature came to the library in 1989 upon the death of Elizabeth B. Gonzales, the daughter-in-law of one of Galveston’s best-known artists, Boyer Gonzales. Boyer Gonzales’s sister, Daisy, married Francis Coolidge Stanwood of Boston in 1877. Stanwood’s mother was a granddaughter of Cornelius Coolidge. Both the pitcher and the portrait remained in the family for nearly two hundred years before being donated to Rosenberg Library.
1. Sterling Silver pitcher made by Paul Revere, ca. 1790s.
2. Miniature portrait on ivory by Edward Green Malbone, early 19th century.
The Treasure of the Month is located on the library’s historic second floor near the East Entrance. It can be viewed during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the Museum Office at 409-763-8854 x 125.