Treasure of the Month
“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.”
German Presbyterian Church
Fragment of the cornerstone from the 1886 St. Paul German Presbyterian Church
During the month of March, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a fragment of the cornerstone from the 1886 St. Paul German Presbyterian Church in Galveston. The cornerstone was donated to the Library by Lise Darst in 1988.
St. Paul German Presbyterian Church was organized by Reverend Henry P. Young in 1857. A permanent church building was erected at 1613 Ball Street in 1871. This structure was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1885 which decimated a large part of Galveston’s East End. In 1886, a new church was built on the same site. Construction costs for the two-story, slate-roofed building and bell tower totaled $4,500.
Just fourteen years later, this structure was also badly damaged — this time by the devastating 1900 Hurricane. The roof was torn off, the building was knocked off its foundation, and the tower had to be removed. Most of the windows were broken. After Reverend Young’s death in 1901, no regular church services were held, and the building sat vacant. The congregation eventually merged with the nearby Fourth Presbyterian Church at 2120 Avenue G (Winnie). In 1908, St. Paul German Presbyterian Church was torn down and a residence — which still stands — was built in its place.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 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please contact the Museum Office at (409) 763 – 8854 ext. 125.