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Renovated Sam Houston Center reopens


The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center has reopened after being renovated to address critical safety and security issues at the historical resource depository in Liberty. Repairs and upgrades were made possible in part by funds awarded from a $1 million appropriation by the 83rd Texas Legislature to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).
The 127-acre historical complex was closed to the public for nearly two months while updates were made to the facilities, including the replacing flooring in the reading room, removing hazardous asbestos and installing exterior safety lighting. TSLAC supplementary funding assisted with the refurbishment of existing square footage and increased seating options in the reading room, making room for additional computer workstations for use by visiting patrons and researchers.
"We are pleased to reopen our doors to the people of Southeast Texas who count on the Sam Houston Center as a cornerstone of their own historical and genealogical research," said Manager Alana Inman. "The improvements to our facility not only mean an enhanced experience for our patrons, but the technological and safety improvements also allow our staff to better serve our clientele."
The complex serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 Southeast Texas counties of the historic Atascosito District, which includes Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler counties). The center houses historical records and artifacts and includes a complex containing the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives, as well as four relocated historic buildings.
Future improvements to the grounds, scheduled for 2015, will include installing a new security gate and fencing, widening and repaving roadways and constructing a parking area and handicap entrance for the Daniel Home.
As part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is located at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty. For more information, call 936-336-8821 or visit www.tsl.texas.gov/shc/.