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This blog showcases treasures of the SHSU Special Collections, Digital Collections, and University Archives at Sam Houston State University. We will provide a peek into the wonderful materials in our holdings as well as useful finding aids to collections from SHSU Special Collections and SHSU Archives.

About the Authors

James Williamson
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James Williamson is the Digital Resources Librarian at Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with two degrees. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2009 and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. He currently lives in Huntsville with his wife Felicia Williamson, Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston. He enjoys the works of famed author Richard Castle, playing ice hockey, and cheering on the bad guys in professional wrestling.

Felicia Williamson
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Felicia Williamson is the Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BA in History and German in 2003 and of Louisiana State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. She currently resides in Huntsville, TX with her husband James Williamson. She enjoys historical dramas, throwing lavish theme parties, and the accordion.

Barbara Kievit-Mason

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Barbara has worked for the Newton Gresham Library for 20 years, 18 of those years as the University Archivist/Library Associate. Barbara is a graduate of Amarillo College, member of the National Scholars Honor Society and  2005 SHSU Sammy Award winner.  Her current hobbies include genealogy, reading, and Words with Friends.

Recent Posts

Moving History: The Roberts/Farris Cabin, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and a few thoughts….

Standing by the Reynolds/Farris cabin on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

Standing by the Reynolds/Farris cabin on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

Putting together the pieces of the Cabin on the Square

SHSU students help in putting together the pieces of the Cabin on the Square, The Houstonian, 9/11/2001

On Sunday, my daughter, granddaughter, and your SHSU University Archivist headed to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Park to run off some of my 2-year old granddaughter’s energy.

Heading up the driveway by the Steamboat House there in front of us on a trailer was the Roberts/Farris Cabin; also known as, “The Cabin on the Square.” Fighting the crazy wind blowing I immediately walked towards the cabin and realized two things: I never knew just how small the 176-year-old cabin was and how sad I felt for the little cabin. Taken apart in pieces in 2001, than put back together by history students from Sam Houston State on the square where it finally found a new home only to move again 15 years later. Thankfully, all in one piece this time. Sitting there on a trailer besides the Woodland Home, Bear Bend Cabin, and the old Exhibit Hall, the cabin just looked tired and unhappy.

Not to worry little cabin, you are in BearKat country now. Here we take our motto seriously, “The Measure of a Life is It’s Service.” The people, who work at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, know how to treat historic buildings big and small. They will have you settled in no time and once again, there will be all kinds of visitors to come visit you to ooh and awe over your simple beauty.

To see more history about the Roberts/Ferris cabin come and visit the Special Collection Department in the Newton Gresham Library.  You can also read, Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin: A Campus, A Cabin, A Community.” A brief account of the Life and Times of the Builders and Residents of a Small Log Cabin in Walker County. This title is available at call number: F392 .W24 C75 2002.

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