On September 3, 1930, Col. John W. Thomason arrived in Beijing, China to take a position as a commanding officer of a machine gun company within the United States Legation Guard. The Legation Quarter, which was created in 1861, was the area of Beijing that housed several nations’ diplomatic officers. The area had its own banks, hotels, stores, and security forces, as well as a baseball diamond and polo grounds. The area was independent of Chinese control and approximated a defended military zone.
Thomason would spend 3 years in China. He documented his time through his drawings and photographs. Many of these photographs capture the Legation and its inhabitants during the winter months. These photographs show members of the United States Legation Guard marching in formation in the snow.
We are currently digitizing the John W. Thomason collection, so hopefully we will have more pictures to show you in the future.
Today is International Women’s Day!
To celebrate, we thought we would introduce you to a number of great and inspiring women that have set foot on the Sam Houston State University Campus.
Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker
Graduate of 1st class of 1880, Sam Houston Normal Institute – Woman’s Suffrage Advocate, Author, and Lecturer
She authored the book A New History of Texas.
For more information: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe30
Jewel Henson Gibson
Graduate with a BS in 1932 and a MS in 1950 – Novelist, Professor, and Playwright
Her novels include Joshua Beene and God , a satirical work about fictitious Church of Christ prophet in a small Texas town and Black Gold, a tale about a booming oil town.
For more information: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgial
(Eleanor with Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker and Dr. Harry Estill
Mrs. Roosevelt never attended Sam Houston but did visit the campus on March 7, 1937. She was friends with Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker through her work with the Democratic party.
(credit to University archives for Pictures) (credit the Handbook of Texas for information)