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Local history finds home in new library addition

By Sara Sneath
March 11, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.

Claudine Janota, Goliad County library director, points to a map of the 1857 cattle drive depicted in the oil paintings by Victoria artist Tom Jones.

IF YOU GO

The historic archives in the new addition cannot leave the building, but if you are interested in checking them out, Debra Barker, curator for the Center for Texas History, is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Goliad County Library opened a new 1,200-square-foot addition, which holds local historic documents, including 16 original paintings by Victoria artist Tom Jones.

"It's our job to preserve the history of the community. And that's what we're doing," said Claudine Janota, the library director.

The addition, located on the south side of the library, cost about $300,000, Janota said. The cost of the construction was paid for by a $575,000 trust from the J.A. White Family, Janota said. She said there are no plans at this time for the leftover trust fund money.

A part-time curator will help the community access archives in the addition, called the J. A. White Family Goliad Center for Texas History. The curator's salary and daily operational expenses are paid for by the Angels of the Archives donors and the O'Connor Foundation grant, Janota said.

"I think that it's very important for the taxpayers of Goliad to realize that none of their tax dollars are being used for the project," Janota said.

Oral interviews with community leaders from the Baylor Oral History Project, Market House Museum photos and newspaper records from the Goliad Advance-Guard are among the local historic archives that are in the new addition, Janota said.

Oil paintings depicting a 1857 cattle drive from San Antonio to San Diego, which were among the last paintings by Jones, adorn the walls of the new addition. The 16 paintings were donated by historical consultant Robert Shook.

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