Finding Aid for the Magnolia Garden Club Scrapbooks, 1938-2004
The Magnolia Garden Club of Beaumont, Texas, was founded on March 2, 1937, with 47 charter members for the purpose of fostering interest in home gardening and flower arrangement. The initial program soon included conservation, civic improvement and education in the field of gardening. The club was invited in 1949 to become a member of the Garden Club of America.
Projects of the Magnolia Garden Club through the years have involved the establishment of nature trails in the Wild Azalea Canyons of East Texas and the maintenance of the Winifred Turner Bird Sanctuary, north of Beaumont, which was deeded over to the United States government in 1994 to become part of the Big Thicket National Preserve.
In 2000, the Magnolia Garden Club gave $6000 to Partnership for Parks to build a Research and Education Center for the Big Thicket. In 2002, the club’s Partners for Plants project re-introduced Phlox nivalis, Texas Trailing Phlox and Gaillardia puchella, White Firewheel in the Big Thicket Preserve. In 2003, the club partnered with the Kelly High School Environmental Club to reestablish the coastal prairie at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Anahuac, Texas. In 2004, the club board approved a $5000 contribution to help fund the National Parks Conservation Association assessment of the Big Thicket National Preserve which was completed in July of 2005.
In 2006, the Magnolia Garden Club received a $25,000 restoration grant to offset the catastrophic damage to green areas in Southeast Texas resulting from hurricanes Rita and Ike. The club also established a fund for a project called Plant Beaumont Green which was dedicated to the replenishment of the tree canopy after storm damage.
The Magnolia Garden Club has helped to educate Beaumont in the love of gardening, horticulture, conservation and flower arrangement by bringing nationally known speakers to its open meetings, by hosting a Garden Club of America Small Flower and Horticulture Show every other year, and by sponsoring fund raisers to benefit the community, both educationally and financially.
The collection consists of scrapbooks created on a yearly basis by the Magnolia Garden Club.
Some restrictions may apply.
The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.
[Identification of item], Box Number, Folder Number, Magnolia Garden Club Scrapbooks, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.
Donated by Magnolia Garden Club, 1989-2014.
Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 May.
Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 May.
Further accruals are expected.
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