"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."
April 2012 "Treasure of the Month"
Sally Trueheart Williams
His daughter, Sally Trueheart, married Albert Sidney Williams, also from a notable Galveston family, in February 1895. With such a fascinating genealogy, it is hardly surprising that Sally Trueheart Williams took an interest in history. She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames, and she had a passion for education. She founded and chaired the history committee of the Texas Federation of Women’s clubs. Additionally, Williams developed and copyrighted an educational trivia card game in 1907 and called it Texas Heroes: An Instructive Game. It was dedicated to the children of Galveston.
Sally Trueheart Williams not only celebrated Texas’ rich history, but also fought to improve its future. She was a fierce advocate for education and belonged to a number of community organizations. She was a charter member of the Equal Suffrage club, the Wednesday Club, First Presbyterian Church, and the American Red Cross.
The Trueheart family papers are housed at the Galveston and Texas History Center on the fourth floor of the Rosenberg Library. Sally Trueheart Williams’ papers consist of her notes from DAR meetings and the journal she kept while attending the New Orleans Exposition with her father in 1885.
Note: Sally Trueheart Williams was the mother of Marjorie Trueheart Williams. A meeting room in the Rosenberg Library is dedicated to Marjorie and her husband, John W. McCullough. You can discover that room here.
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.