Past Treasure of the Month

The Rosenberg Library has been acquiring artifacts for its museum collection for more than a century.

From its beginnings, the Library has functioned as more than a book repository.

The Library accepted its first piece of art, an enlarged photograph of the ruins at the Parthenon, shortly after the building opened in 1904. Since then, thousands of rare and interesting objects from around the world have been added to the collection. The “Treasure of the Month” series was created in 2006 as a way to share these special items with the community.

 

2018
Historic Wood Paver
January 2018

Historic
Wood Paver
Galveston Artist Emil Bunjes
February 2018

Emil Bunjes
Cornerstone from St. Paul German Presbyterian Church
March 2018

Cornerstone
Saengerfest and the Salamander Club of Galveston
April 2018

The Salamander
Club
Fides Senechal’s First Communion Memorabilia
May 2018

First Communion
Memorabilia
June P. RossJune 2018
June P. Ross
July 2018 August 2018 September 2018
October 2018 November 2018 December 2018
2017
The Buccaneer Hotel
January 2017

The Buccaneer
Hotel
The Rosenberg Free School
February 2017

The Rosenberg
Free School
Antique Pocket Watches
March 2017

Antique
Pocket
Watches
Herbert Allaire Robertson
April 2017

Herbert Allaire
Robertson
Ingraham Mantle Clock
May 2017

Ingraham
Mantle Clock
Andrew Fraser
June 2017

Andrew Fraser
Antique Eyeglasses
July 2017

Antique
Eyeglasses
Treasures from Japan
August 2017

Treasures
from Japan
Remembering Labor Day
September 2017

Remembering
Labor Day
John Charles League
October 2017

John Charles
League
Turkey Tail Fan
November 2017

Turkey
Tail Fan
Galveston Artillery Ball Souvenirs
December 2017

Galveston Artillery
Ball Souvenirs
2016
El Mina Temple
January 2016

El Mina Temple
John H. Sealy
February 2016

John H. Sealy
Presentation Pitcher
March 2016

Presentation
Pitcher
President Nixon and Watergate
April 2016

President Nixon
and Watergate
Nathan's Department Store
May 2016

Nathan’s
Department
Store
Garden of Tokio
June 2016

Garden of Tokio
Henry Bennett
July 2016

Henry Bennett
Cotton Carnival
August 2016

Cotton Carnival
Opening of the San Luis
September 2016

Opening of the
San Luis
Kirwin High School
October 2016

Kirwin
High School
Vintage Ballot Boxes
November 2016

Vintage
Ballot Boxes
Z.L. White Christmas Card Collection
December 2016

Z.L. White
Christmas
Card Collection
2015
Capture of USS Harriet Lane
January 2015

Capture of USS Harriet Lane
Tribute to Lise Darst
February 2015

Tribute to
Lise Darst
Beau Bell's 1934 Championship Ring
March 2015

Beau Bell’s 1934
Championship Ring
Texas Heroes Monument
April 2015

Texas Heroes Monument
Vintage License Plates
May 2015

Vintage License Plates
The Legacy of Alfreda Houston
June 2015

The Legacy of
Alfreda Houston
Star Dairy
July 2015

Star Dairy
James B. Stubbs
August 2015

James B. Stubbs
Pioneer of Galveston Public Education
September 2015

Pioneer of
Galveston Public Education
Jean Scrimgeour Morgan
October 2015

Jean Scrimgeour Morgan
Wagon Bridge
November 2015

Wagon Bridge
Holiday Ornaments
December 2015

Holiday Ornaments
2014
First Public Library of Texas
January 2014

First Public
Library of Texas
Tribute to Mr. Mardi Gras
February 2014

Tribute to Mr.
Mardi Gras
Victorian Silverware
March 2014

Victorian Silverware
First Rosenberg Library Librarian
April 2014

First Rosenberg
Library Librarian
Vintage Bathing Suit
May 2014

Vintage Bathing Suit
Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church
June 2014

Avenue L Missionary
Baptist Church
Remembering Trustee John Goggan
July 2014

Remembering Trustee
John Goggan
The Tremont Hotel
August 2014

The Tremont Hotel
Tribute to Felix Stella
September 2014

Tribute to Felix Stella
Galveston's First Middle School
October 2014

Galveston’s First
Middle School
The Historic St. Mary's Infirmary
November 2014

The Historic St. Mary’s Infirmary
Vintage Christmas Cards
December 2014

Vintage Christmas Cards
2013
Ursuline Academy Artifacts
January 2013

Ursuline Academy Artifacts
1949 Mardi Gras
February 2013

1949 Mardi Gras
Justus Zahn, Photographer
March 2013

Justus Zahn,
Photographer
Smalltooth Sawfish Rostra
April 2013

Smalltooth
Sawfish
Rostra
Galveston Cotton Exchange
May 2013

Galveston
Cotton
Exchange
Galveston Buccaneers
June 2013

Galveston Buccaneers
Elite Café
July 2013

Elite Café
Causeway
August 2013

Causeway
Vintage Ladies' Hats
September 2013

Vintage
Ladies’ Hats
Silver Service
October 2013

Silver
Service
J.F. Smith & Bros. Co.
November 2013

J.F. Smith & Bros. Co.
Emma Lee
December 2013

Emma Lee
2012
Play-A-Sax
January 2012

Play-A-Sax

Sea-Arama
February 2012

Sea-Arama
Architectural Remnants
March 2012

Architectural Remnants
Texas Heroes
April 2012

Texas Heroes
Colonel Marius S. Chataignon
May 2012

Colonel Marius S. Chataignon
Presentation Silver
June 2012

Presentation
Silver
Galveston Brewing Company Artifacts
July 2012

Galveston Brewing
Company Artifacts

Spanish-American War Artifacts
August 2012

Spanish-American
War Artifacts
Japanese Netsukes
September 2012

Japanese
Netsukes
E.S. Levy & Co. Artifacts
October 2012

E.S. Levy
& Co. Artifacts
Native American Jewelry
November 2012

Native American Jewelry
Joseph Imhof
December 2012

Joseph Imhof
2011
Bronze Chalice
January 2011

Bronze Chalice
Civil War Dental Surgeon
February 2011

Civil War Dental Surgeon
Ivory Walking Stick
March 2011

Ivory Walking Stick
Hunting & Conservation Stamps
April 2011

Hunting & Conservation Stamps
Engelke Crockery Relics
May 2011

Engelke Crockery Relics
Gregorian telescope
June 2011

Gregorian telescope
Georgian Sugar Tongs
July 2011

Georgian Sugar Tongs
Graphophone, ca. 1898
August 2011

Graphophone, ca. 1898
Police Relics
September 2011

Police Relics
1890 Veiled Prophet's Ball Invitation
October 2011

1890 Veiled
Prophet’s Ball Invitation
Mayor John Allen
November 2011

Mayor John Allen
The Interurban Model Train
December 2011

The Interurban
Model Train
2010
Victorian hair jewelry
January 2010

Victorian hair jewelry
Carved Peruvian gourd
February 2010

Carved Peruvian gourd
Novelette Triplex Camera
March 2010

Novelette Triplex Camera
St. Peter of Alcantara
April 2010

St. Peter of Alcantara
Mustache cups
May 2010

Mustache cups
Barong from the Philippine-American War
June 2010

Barong from the
Philippine-American War
Key to the city of Niigata, Japan
July 2010

Key to the city of Niigata, Japan
Neapolitan mandolin
August 2010

Neapolitan mandolin
Samuel May Williams waffle iron
September 2010

Samuel May Williams waffle iron
Moroccan scimitars
October 2010

Moroccan scimitars
Barrel butter churn
November 2010

Barrel butter churn
Ceramic spittoon
December 2010

Ceramic spittoon
2009
Foot stocks from the old Galveston County Jail
July & August 2008

Foot stocks from the old
Galveston County Jail
Cel animation of
September 2009

Cel animation of “Sneezy” from
Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs
Early 20th century crystal ball
October 2009

Early 20th century crystal ball
Miniature model of an antique hand pumper fire engine
November 2009

Miniature model of an antique hand pumper fire engine
Purity Ice Cream Co. glassware
December 2009

Purity Ice Cream Co. glassware
The Rosenberg Library suffered extensive damage on September 13, 2008, from Hurricane Ike. During the remainder of that year and until the summer of 2009, the Museum was closed to the public while the Library underwent reparations and restoration.
2008
Japanese tsubas
January 2008

Japanese tsubas
Vintage Mardi Gras gown sketches
February 2008

Vintage Mardi Gras
gown sketches
Hand-colored lithograph of St. Patrick
March 2008

Hand-colored
lithograph of
St. Patrick
Galveston's early pharmacies artifacts
April 2008

Galveston’s early
pharmacies artifacts
1927 swimming trophy
May 2008

1927 swimming trophy
Antique stereoscopes
June 2008

Antique stereoscopes
Egyptian artifacts
July 2008

Egyptian
artifacts
Sacred Buddhist objects
August 2008

Sacred Buddhist objects
Vintage paper dolls
September 2008

Vintage paper dolls
The Rosenberg Library suffered extensive damage on September 13, 2008, from Hurricane Ike. During the remainder of that year and until the summer of 2009, the Museum was closed to the public while the Library underwent reparations and restoration.
2007
American art pottery
January 2007

American art pottery
Vintage valentines
February 2007

Vintage valentines
Eanger Irving Couse painting
March 2007

Eanger Irving
Couse painting
1800s antique German steins
April 2007

1800s antique
German steins
Souvenirs related to Galveston’s gambling era
May 2007

Souvenirs related to
Galveston’s gambling era
Pottery shards and projectile points from Galveston’s earliest inhabitants
June 2007

Pottery shards and
projectile points from
Galveston’s earliest inhabitants
Artifacts related to the Washington Guards
July 2007

Artifacts related to the Washington Guards
Antique magic lantern
December 2007

Antique magic lantern
2006
Hand-tinted photographs
January 2006

Hand-tinted photographs
Israeli silver coin, an Italian dagger, and French cameo glass
March 2006

Israeli silver coin, an Italian dagger, and French cameo glass
Texas League baseball
April 2006

Texas League baseball
Civil War battle of Galveston
May 2006

Civil War battle of Galveston
Historic New England artifacts
June 2006

Historic New England artifacts
René Lalique artglass
July 2006

René Lalique artglass
Kachina dolls
August 2006

Kachina dolls
1871 pewter communion set
September 2006

1871 pewter
communion set
Aboriginal Australian artifacts
October 2006

Aboriginal Australian artifacts
August Rollfing
November 2006

August Rollfing
WWI Trench Art
December 2006

WWI Trench Art