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ROSENBERG LIBRARY - The John W. and Marjorie W. McCullough Room
he John W. and Marjorie W. McCullough Room, located on the north side of the main floor of the library, is utilized as a meeting room for the Library's Board of Directors, and is open to community organizations by reservation to be used as a meeting space. Dedicated on October 3, 1992, it is named for John W. McCullough (1892-1986) and his wife, Marjorie Williams McCullough (1896-1999). John W. McCullough served as a Library Trustee, 1930-1986, and as a member of the Board of Directors, 1930-1952.
The room is equipped with a large conference table and an internet accessible computer with a DVD-player and 50" flat screen monitor for presentations.
The McCullough Room area originally housed the cataloguing department when the library was designed and built in 1904.
1904 Floor Plan
In late December of 1990, Marjorie McCullough donated a gift to the library for the construction of a public meeting room. Dedication of the John W. and Marjorie W. McCullough Room was reported in the Galveston Daily News on October 12, 1992, as follows (the main floor is referred to as the second floor):
Family members surround Marjorie W. McCullough, second from left on the front row, at the recent dedication of the John W. and Marjorie W. McCullough Room on the second floor of the Rosenberg Library. More than 100 people attended the reception, which featured the unveiling of a portrait of the McCulloughs by Galveston artist Jean Wetta. Mr. McCullough was a trustee of the Rosenberg Library from 1930 to 1986. The new McCullough Room has a large table with 22 leather arm chairs and audio/visual equipment.
As part of a series of renovation projects undertaken by the Library Board of Directors to make needed repairs and improvements, beginning in the summer of 2010 the McCullough Room, along with the entire main (2nd) and upper (4th) floors of the library, underwent a restoration to match their original beauty. The historic windows of the McCullough Room, which had been covered with sheetrock in an earlier renovation, were uncovered, and the windows were hung with Hunter Douglas blinds. New lighting was added to supplement or substitute the natural lighting from the windows when needed. The old carpeting was removed, and the original hardwood floors were refinished to their original luster.
The fully restored room was unveiled and reopened to the public during the Rosenberg Restored--Phase IV celebration that took place Saturday, April 30th, 2011.
McCullough, a decorated World War I veteran, was born in Brownwood, Texas, and moved to Galveston in 1915 where he eventually served as President of the Hutchings-Sealy National Bank. He also served on the board of directors for many Galveston organizations, including the Rosenberg Library.
Prior to his death in 1986, Mr. McCullough donated to the library a collection of letters from his grandfather which are included in a larger collection of Mr. McCullough’s personal documents, most of which reference his military career and are preserved in the Rosenberg Library’s Special Collections vault in the Galveston & Texas History Center. A journal which his wife, Marjorie Trueheart Williams, kept during a trip through Europe with her mother and grandparents is also among the vault’s collection. A larger collection connected with Mrs. McCullough includes documents belonging to her mother, Sally Trueheart Williams.
The Rosenberg Library Museum holds a number of artifacts from Mr. McCullough’s military service, including articles of clothing, medals and military buttons, and several personal items belonging to Mrs. McCullough.
Portrait by Jean Wetta
As its April 2012 Treasure of the Month
, the Rosenberg Library Museum presented a deck of game cards called Texas Heroes
which was created by Sally Trueheart Williams. Read about it here
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