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72nd Anniversary of the Texas City Disaster

April 16th marks the 72nd anniversary of the 1947 Texas City Disaster, one of the most devastating industrial disasters to ever occur in the history of Texas and in the United States.

On this day we bow our heads as we remember those who have been lost, while paying tribute to those who survived and are here today to tell their stories.

To find out more information about the 1947 Texas City Disaster at Moore Memorial Public Library, please visit our online exhibit:

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Stationery maps: a touch of flair

We at Moore Memorial Public Library are on a mission to curate the Mainland Company collection. The archive is substantial. 

Processing these archived materials is as exciting as it is daunting. Each item is reviewed, cataloged, preserved and will later be digitized for online searchability. Depending on the archive, some collections may have just a few items and some may have hundreds. 

We are currently just beginning to scratch the surface of this project, as there are at least 15+ archival boxes to be analyzed!  To hazard a guess, there are at least a few hundred documents to be curated.  
Today, while standing in front of a sea of grey boxes, I wondered, “Where do I begin?”  Honestly, there’s got to be a song in there somewhere. Amongst the litany of papers, vellum, letters, contracts and the like we spied a different but just as interesting goody in the collection:  maps and drawings on the back of the company’s letterhead!  Figure two highlights a drawing of the Texas City Trans…