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ROSENBERG LIBRARY - The Hutchings Gallery

Hutchings Gallery

1904 floor plan, 2nd floorWhen the Rosenberg Library opened in 1904, the upper floor consisted of a large lecture hall and a children's department.  As the library's needs changed and more room was required, an additional wing was added to the building in 1971.  Although the lecture hall had already been renovated, the addition of the Moody Wing included the creation of exhibition galleries, including one in what had been the southwest corner of the lecture all area.

In October of 1968, the children of Sealy Hutchings and his wife Mary Moody Hutchings donated a large sum of money to the Rosenberg Library Association Building Fund to secure a memorial room in honor of their parents that would display historical items from Galveston and Texas families that have been donated to the Galveston & Texas History Center and the Rosenberg Library Museum.

Thus was born the Hutchings Gallery, dedicated along with the Moody Wing of the library on August 22, 1971.  In 1980, Sealy and Mary Hutchings' son Robert established the Hutchings Gallery Fund, and after renovation, the Hutchings Gallery was rededicated on June 3, 1994.

The Appomattox History website contains the following excerpt regarding a 1983 Harris Gallery exhibit:

Today in History: 27 February 1983

By Linda Goin on 27 February 2009

It was on this day in 1983 that the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas announced its new exhibit drawn from the “treasure trunks of its own attic.”

Library curator Lise Darst noted, “Attics have a way of collecting objects no longer of interest to one generation and which are rediscovered with excitement by the next.

The exhibit, entitled “From Our Attic,” brought together dozens of items from Galveston’s past for a year-long showing in that library’s third-floor Hutchings Gallery. One of the items was five horse hairs clipped from the tail of “Traveler,” Robert E. Lee’s horse, when the surrender papers were signed in Appomattox on 9 April 1865.

The memento was a gift from Percy Holt, a Galveston painter, in 1919.

Other previous exhibits have included a collection of silver from the Hutchings, Sealy and Rosenberg families and the USS Galveston (1997); a history of the Galveston Garten Verein (1991); a 75-year anniversary exhibition of memorabilia, documents, artifacts, photographs, furniture and paintings representative of the library's history (1979); an exhibition entitled "A World at War: Memories of World War I and World War II" (2008); and Pottery of the Americas: An Exhibit of Pre-Columbian, Mexican, and Native American Pottery (2012).

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