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Library Celebrates 35 Years
Houston County Courier - February 2009
John H. Wootters Crockett Public Library will celebrate 35 years of library service in its current building with a reception to be held on Thursday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. The keys were presented to the city of Crockett on March 5, 1974.
A special program will begin in the library at 5 p.m. with Vivian Lovelady Grant presenting her original reading, which is celebrating the library. Ms. Grant is also a playwright who returned to Crockett after 30 years away in California and Colorado.
Guy and Pip Gillette of Lovelady will perform several musical numbers. The Gillette Brothers received the 2003 and 1998 Will Rogers Award for Best Duo/Group from the Academy of Western Artists. They have also received the National Cowboy Symposium's American Cowboy Culture Chuck Wagon Award.
At 6 p.m. author Bob Bowman of Lufkin will speak on "Things you might not know about East Texas if you hadn't attended this meeting." Bowman's speech includes these little-known events in East Texas:
The hamburger was invented by Fletcher Davis who ran a small café in Athens; the Boogie Woogie was invented in East Texas' turpentine camps by wandering black piano players; the Marx Brothers created their unique brand of insult humor while performing on a theater stage in Nacogdoches.
The author of nearly 40 books on history and folklore, Bowman is also author of a newspaper column "Bowman's East Texas," which appears in about 80 newspapers in East Texas.
He is a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, the administrative trustee of the Pineywoods Foundation of Lufkin, and a past member of the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission and the Texas Capital Centennial Commission. He also served as president of the East Texas Historical Association.
Call Library Director Sharlene Hoffmaster or one of the staff at 544-3089 for more information. Ms. Hoffmaster encourages everyone to mark March 5, 5-7 p.m. on their calendars.