"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."
March 2013 "Treasure of the Month"
At age 22, he travelled to America for the first time to visit his maternal grandfather in Hoboken, New Jersey. Zahn returned to Germany briefly to fight in the Franco-Prussian War but later relocated to Chicago and established a photography business. He eventually moved to St. Louis and then to Belleville, Illinois where he met and married Elise Kreppelt.
Both Paul Naschke and Joseph Maurer were apprenticed to Justus Zahn early in their careers. Each went on to open his own successful photography studio.
Sadly, the 1900 Storm had devastating impact on Zahn’s life and business. After selling out to Joseph Maurer in 1902, he moved his wife and two daughters back to St. Louis where he reopened a photography studio. In 1909, he relocated to Bowling Green, Montana and continued to live there until his death in 1918.
The Zahn family
Zahn left an incredible record of Galveston’s history through his photographs of local people, places, and events. Many of his original photographs can be found in the archival collections of Rosenberg Library’s Galveston and Texas History Center. The library also owns an oversize photographic portrait of its benefactor, Henry Rosenberg, made by Zahn.
The Zahn Daughters
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.