"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."
September 2006 "Treasure of the Month"
For its September Treasure of the Month, the Rosenberg Library exhibited a pewter communion set used by the congregation of St. Paul German Presbyterian Church in Galveston. Organized in 1857, St. Paul’s was located on the south side of Avenue H (Ball Avenue) between 16th Street and 17th Street.
The original wooden church building was among the many structures destroyed by the devastating fire of November 13, 1885. The fire, which began at a foundry near The Strand and 17th Street, blazed its way north to south from the Strand to Avenue O, and east to west from 16th Street to 19th Street. Nearly 600 homes and 42 blocks of Galveston’s East End were obliterated. During reconstruction of its own church, the congregation of St. Paul’s was temporarily headquartered at Trinity Episcopal’s Eaton Chapel. St. Paul continued to serve Galveston’s German Presbyterian community until its dissolution in 1909.
When the church closed in 1909, the communion service was placed in the custody of Elder Charles Angerhoffer. It was the wish of Mr. and Mrs. Angerhoffer that the set be given to the Rosenberg Library after their deaths. In 1951, the Presbytery of Houston approved the request and donated the six-piece communion set to the library. Damage to the communion service was said to have occurred when the church was partially wrecked in the Great Storm of September 8, 1900.
Six piece pewter communion service from St. Paul German Presbyterian Church, Galveston. Made by Adams Chandler & Co. and Adams Hallock & Co., 1871.
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.