Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States:
An Inventory of a Birthday Card at the Texas State Archives, 1996
The Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States (referred to hereafter as the Committee) was established by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Texas (AWR 94-18) in order to celebrate Texas' annexation to the United States on December 29, 1845. State Senator John T. Montford and State Representative Jerry K. Johnson served as co-chairs. Ex-officio members of the Committee consisted of one representative each from the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Center for American History, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The purpose of the Committee was to coordinate and assist in the planning of statewide sesquicentennial celebrations. In order to achieve such purpose, the Committee could appoint advisory members and assign such duties and responsibilities as they deemed appropriate and necessary, and the co-chairs could designate such sub-committees as they deemed appropriate and necessary to assist in achieving the purpose of the Committee. Members of the Committee, including advisory members, served without compensation or reimbursement of actual expenses.
The record of the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States consists of an oversized, tri-panelled, colored birthday card wishing Texas a happy 150th birthday (1845-1995). Attached to one panel of the card is a large tablet on which citizens wrote individual greetings to the state. This tablet is the fourth such tablet. The first three tablets were detached from the birthday card as they were filled. This birthday card was produced by American Greeting Cards and H.E.B. (a supermarket chain) to celebrate the 150th birthday of Texas' statehood. In February 1996, the card was transported courtesy of Tex-Pack Inc. to twenty-one Texas towns and cities where it was signed by thousands of Texans. It traveled to Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler, Victoria, and Waco. The Committee sponsored the card as part of the ceremony at the Texas State Capitol on February 19, 1996 to commemorate the date in 1846 when power was officially transferred from the Republic of Texas to the State of Texas.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), Birthday card, Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States.Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1996/084
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States on March 22, 1996.
Lisa M. Hendricks, March 1996
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