The Standing Committee Luncheon 2013

Last Friday, October 11, over 60 of our dearest friends came to lunch at the Poage Legislative Library. These special folks make-up our friends of the library group called The Standing Committee. It was our annual get-together to recognize the commitment of our supporters and to take a look back at the Poage’s year-in-review.  The…

American Archives Month

Happy American Archives Month y’all! This is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value.  Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the…

In Memoriam: Jack English Hightower (1926-2013)

One of Poage Legislative Library’s best friends, Judge Jack Hightower, passed away last week.  He had struggled for several years with failing health following two falls. Even though he slowly recovered from broken bones, other health issues eventually took their toll. I first met Judge Hightower in the early 1990s when he was on the…

We’re on TV!

This past weekend, our own W.R. Poage Distinguished Chair for Public Service, former Rep. Chet Edwards was on American HistoryTV on C-SPAN. Here is the description from the program guide: Former U.S. Representatives Chet Edwards, Jim Kolbe, and Vic Snyder join Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer to discuss how political history is documented in Congressional…

Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrate Bob Bullock’s birthday!  The late Lt. Governor would have been 84 today.  He was born on July 10, 1929, in Hillsboro, Texas at 4:10am and named Robert “Bobby” Douglas Bullock.  These details come from one of my favorite items in the Bullock Archive, Gov. Bullock’s baby book.  His mother, Ruth Mitchell Bullock, carefully…

Step inside our Book Vault, Part 2

 “I think it’s natural for a child to be more interested in personalities than events.” -Judge Jack E. Hightower Welcome to a new installment in our Book Vault series.  The Jack E. Hightower Book Vault holds many rare and collectable books along with many other special items from our collections.  Today’s installment focuses on our…

Step inside our Book Vault, Part 1

“I remember writing to Santa Claus and asking for books. I have a collection of a lifetime” -Judge Jack E. Hightower Welcome to a new series about our Book Vault.  The vault holds many rare and collectable books along with many other special items from our collections.  Today’s installment will focus on its namesake, Judge…

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