To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Texas City, Moore Memorial Public Library created a permanent online historical exhibit about Texas City's history. This online exhibit was created by the library staff over a two-year time period. To develop the articles, staff used print resources from our collection, archives and vertical file (including some materials donated to the library by community members), authoritative sources available through the Internet, and materials borrowed through interlibrary loan from other institutions.
The exhibit has been designed with multiple and flexible access points, to accommodate varying levels and types of interest. The navigation buttons on the left side of the pages allow individuals to explore the exhibit by choosing specific topics of historical interest or to proceed chronologically through the full span of Texas City history. For those who simply wish to view historical photographs, we have included a photo gallery of over 240 pictures. Users who would like a short, historical recap of the most important events, along with a sample of historical photographs from a particular time period, can choose the Decades option.
We envision this exhibit as a permanent record of the city's history. We hope to update and add new material to it as additional historical information and/or sources come to our attention, and as new historical events unfold. We have designed the exhibit to be a comprehensive overview of Texas City history as well as a photographic scrapbook of life in this community over the last 120 years.
We hope you find this exhibit both enjoyable and educational. Please let us know any comments you might have. (October 2010)
The Galveston County Daily News has generously offered microfilm copies of back issues of the Texas City Sun newspaper. The Texas City Sun operated in Texas City from 1911-2004, and the microfilm collection set offered by The Galveston County Daily News is a virtually complete record of the newspaper issues produced during that time period. While ownership of the microfilm will remain with The Galveston County Daily News, the microfilm will be on permanent loan to Moore Memorial Public Library for use by library staff and the public.
Patrons will be able to use this collection to research local history, work on their genealogies, or reprint old articles relating to family or friends. According to Les Daughtry, former editor of the Texas City Sun and The Galveston Daily News, this is the only microfilm collection in existence of the newspaper's back issues. Moore Library offers a hearty thanks to The Daily News for this opportunity.
If you would like to know more about the microfilm collection, or if you would like to view or print an article from the Texas City Sun, visit the Reference Desk or call at (409) 643-5977 for more information.
Who was Helen Moore? She was worker, a volunteer, a state legislator, a traveler and a nature enthusiast. She worked tirelessly to help others and her community. In Texas City, Helen Moore is remembered largely in connection with Moore Memorial Library. While she and her husband, Hugh Benton Moore, worked with the civic club to start the library, this event was only a small part of what she did with her life. Mrs. Moore worked to promote many worthy causes, including: women's right to vote, our community's readiness for enemy attack (during World War II), better conditions and treatment for the mentally ill and other persons cared for by the State of Texas, and better standards and practice in the medical profession. The online exhibit provides information about Mrs. Moore's life and her contributions to our community. (April 2008)
The morning of April 16, 1947, started out as an average spring day, but by day's end several hundred Texas City residents lost their lives and thousands of dollars of property was destroyed when a ship in the port of Texas City exploded. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Texas City Disaster. This exhibit was created by staff librarians at Moore Memorial Public Library. It provides a description of the 1947 Disaster, its causes and its impact on the community. The exhibit includes photos, maps, and a bibliography of sources relating to the disaster. (April 2007)
Taking a trip down memory lane. View photos of Texas City during the 1930s-1970s taken by a Texas City resident, Johnny Mitchell.
Curious about what Texas City used to be like? Take a trip into Texas City’s past while sitting at a computer. Historical photographs from the U.S. Army Camp and the 1st Aero Squadron based in Texas City during 1913-1915 are available online.
Digitization of these photographs was planned and performed by the Digital Projects Unit of the University of North Texas Libraries and was made possible by grant funding from the Summerlee Foundation. Moore Memorial Public Library staff selected the photographs to be used and created the metadata to make online access possible.
As of July 1, 2006, approximately 550 historical photographs have been digitized for Moore Memorial Library through the Portal to Texas History grant. The U.S. Army Camp/1st Aero Squadron collection is the first Moore Memorial Library Collection to be released to the general public access through the Internet.
The library staff is very excited about this opportunity to make valuable, but fragile, historical materials available worldwide. And perhaps some of the persons viewing the collection will have additional historical information that will broaden our knowledge of Texas City in the past. Please call the library Reference Desk at (409) 643-5977 or email Library Director Beth Ryker Steiner with any comments or questions about these collections.