Release Date: Sept. 22, 2009
Exhibit Opening, Annual Friends Meeting Set
The opening of the new exhibit “Early Day San Angelo” will highlight the annual meeting of the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24, at Angelo State University’s West Texas Collection.
The Friends meeting will begin in the gallery on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. The exhibit will open in the adjacent West Texas Collection as soon as the Friends meeting concludes. The meeting and exhibit are open free to the public and refreshments will be served.
Photos and artifacts in the exhibit will cover the early years of San Angelo through the 1930s. The early photos focus on the San Angelo commerce, ranging from buffalo hunters and Fort Concho to the early businesses along Concho Avenue. The exhibit offers sections on early saloons and churches as well as 19th and 20th century businesses. Other parts of the exhibit highlight San Angelo women and children, the local fire department, banks, hospitals, schools, newspapers and hotels. The final section covers the 1936 flood, a line of demarcation between the early and modern San Angelo.
Photos were selected from numerous of the West Texas Collection’s holdings, including the Randy Cave Collection.
The Friends organization supports the ASU Library and West Texas Collection, providing additional resources to meet a variety of library and archival needs. During the organization’s annual meeting, recipients of the organization’s Joe Bill Lee Scholarship and the Dr. Henry Ricci Scholarship will be announced.