Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kerrville gets a new library, Part 3

In 1967, the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library opened in Kerrville.  It was a gift from Howard and Mary Elizabeth Butt to our community, built as a memorial to their families.  It was built on Water Street, just down the road from our print shop, the exact same year I learned to read -- and so I always thought the library had been built just for me.  In a way, I suppose it was: it was built for people who love to read.
The building was a modern marvel when it was built -- and the dedication was a really big event.  Lady Bird Johnson was there.
Here are some rare photographs of the event from my collection of historic photographs of Kerrville and Kerr County.
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Some of the crowd that showed up for the dedication of the
Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, August, 1967

Mayor Gordon Monroe escorts Lady Bird Johnson on a tour
of the new Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library

Singing during the dedication of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
On the front row, in the dark suit, is Howard Butt, of the H.E.Butt Grocery Company.
His wife, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt is next to him, wearing a hat.
Lady Bird Johnson is next to Mrs. Butt; Charles Butt is behind his father.

Howard Butt speaks at the dedication of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
His wife, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, and Lady Bird Johnson listen.

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