Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site

Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is one of 22 historic attractions operated by the THC. For more information, visit www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com.
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Sam Rayburn's 1916 home, now the Sam Rayburn House Museum, preserves his real stories with original furnishings, candid photographs and personal belongings, remaining as they were when he lived here.

On this date in 1946, "THE BIG THREE AT DENISON SATURDAY,"General Eisenhower visited Denison, the town of his birth, on ...
04/20/2020

On this date in 1946, "THE BIG THREE AT DENISON SATURDAY,"

General Eisenhower visited Denison, the town of his birth, on April 20, 1946. The homecoming celebration included a parade through town, brunch in the home where he was born (now known as the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site), and a barbecue lunch. Sam Rayburn acted as host to Eisenhower during the festivities.

Clipping courtesy Sam Rayburn Museum, Briscoe Center for American History, the University of Texas at Austin.

Now for a lighthearted listen to Cal Stewart performing as the character Uncle Josh. Today's story is "Uncle Josh at the...
04/20/2020
Uncle Josh at the Opera : Cal Stewart : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Now for a lighthearted listen to Cal Stewart performing as the character Uncle Josh. Today's story is "Uncle Josh at the Opera." The recording and picture are courtesy of the Internet Archive.

https://archive.org/details/78_uncle-josh-at-the-opera_cal-stewart_gbia0058086b/Uncle+Josh+at+the+Opera+-+Cal+Stewart.flac

Performer: Cal StewartYankee Talk.Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.8mil truncated conical,...

#FURNITUREFRIDAY An oak table/nightstand with a distinctive curved "L" decorative backing, that was once a part of a dre...
04/17/2020

#FURNITUREFRIDAY An oak table/nightstand with a distinctive curved "L" decorative backing, that was once a part of a dresser ensemble, located within the girl's sleeping porch. This piece is made of oak and its manufacturing date is unknown, but the style suggests late 19th -early 20th century design. It measures 37 inches tall with a width of 17.5 inches with two drawers and a center storage space presumably for a chamber pot.

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04/15/2020

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#TECHTUESDAY With the mechanization of the American farm, crops could produce higher yields and fields tilled in a more ...
04/14/2020

#TECHTUESDAY With the mechanization of the American farm, crops could produce higher yields and fields tilled in a more precise manner. Congressman Rayburn was an advocate of terraced fields, contour plowing, and soil conversation. He believed the land should not only be productive for today, but for years to come.

In recognition of National Submarine Day, this artifact is a model of the USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635). The submarine was ...
04/11/2020

In recognition of National Submarine Day, this artifact is a model of the USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635). The submarine was a ballistic missile submarine of the James Madison class. It was operational from 1964 to 1989. After decommissioning, it became a moored training vessel at NWS Charleston Navy Base, Goose Creek, South Carolina. For more information, please visit -
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/s/sam-rayburn.html

04/11/2020
Video Tour of Parlor and Guest Bedroom

Today's video is a tour of the Rayburn family home's parlor and guest bedroom. When the family moved into the home in 1916, the parlor was the living room, and the guest bedroom was added during renovations to the home in 1934.

#FURNITUREFRIDAY This 19th century Chinese jade color quartz lamp is a favorite of our site's Administrative Assistant M...
04/10/2020

#FURNITUREFRIDAY This 19th century Chinese jade color quartz lamp is a favorite of our site's Administrative Assistant Marlene Concepcion. In choosing this artifact, she said, "I was attracted to it because I love crystals. Also, I've noticed quite a few of our visitors (ladies) find it interesting and have taken pictures of it."

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY to April 1, 1975 and the dedication of the Sam Rayburn House Museum including former first lady Ladyb...
04/09/2020

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY to April 1, 1975 and the dedication of the Sam Rayburn House Museum including former first lady Ladybird Johnson in attendance for the day's festivities.

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04/08/2020

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Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Historical Commission to close all historic sites as part of the state’s efforts...
04/07/2020

Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Historical Commission to close all historic sites as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people.

Our State Historic Sites are closed to the public and will reopen at the direction of the governor.

We look forward to reopening and restoring programming as soon as we can ensure the safety of our visitors.

As an alternative to visiting a historic site, the Texas Historical Commission is providing free online education resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism.

Go to thc.texas.gov/historyathome to view resources for students, teachers, and history-lovers to engage with the people, places, and stories of the Lone Star State.

04/07/2020

On this date in 1962, a plaque commemorating Sam Rayburn was unveiled at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center, Bonham, Texas. Guests in attendance included: Buster Cole, H.G. Dulaney, Judge Choice Moore, and Dr. Joe A. Risser.

On this date in 1913, Sam Rayburn took the oath of office as a United States Congressman representing the 4th congressio...
04/07/2020

On this date in 1913, Sam Rayburn took the oath of office as a United States Congressman representing the 4th congressional district of Texas. President Woodrow Wilson was in office that year. Rayburn's career in public service, as a representative in Washington, spanned close to 50 years.

On Tech Tuesday, let's take a retro look at the 1937 RCA Floor Console Design Model 9K2 located in Medibel's room on the...
04/07/2020

On Tech Tuesday, let's take a retro look at the 1937 RCA Floor Console Design Model 9K2 located in Medibel's room on the second floor of the Rayburn family home. It was manufactured by RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc. Camden, New Jersey.

On this date in 1917, Cecil Evans Rayburn, wife of William Henry Rayburn passed away.https://www.thc.texas.gov/blog/sam-...
04/05/2020
Sam Rayburn House Artifact Spotlight: Cecil Evans Rayburn Photograph | THC.Texas.gov - Texas Historical Commission

On this date in 1917, Cecil Evans Rayburn, wife of William Henry Rayburn passed away.

https://www.thc.texas.gov/blog/sam-rayburn-house-artifact-spotlight-cecil-evans-rayburn-photograph

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. Our nationally recognized programs bring awareness to Texas' architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks.

04/04/2020

On this date in 1900, Dr. John Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's brother, and Nina Atkins were married.

On this date in 1951, Speaker Rayburn meets Korean War veterans Raymond McNeil (left) and Harvey Moore (right). Image co...
04/04/2020

On this date in 1951, Speaker Rayburn meets Korean War veterans Raymond McNeil (left) and Harvey Moore (right). Image courtesy of the Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives.

#FURNITUREFRIDAY Is an antique Stomps Burkhardt “North Wind” Old Mountain Man Face chair. The Stomps Burkhardt Company o...
04/03/2020

#FURNITUREFRIDAY Is an antique Stomps Burkhardt “North Wind” Old Mountain Man Face chair. The Stomps Burkhardt Company of Dayton, Ohio was in business from 1890 to 1928. The company’s history dates back to 1859, when Gustave Stomps (1827 – 1890), a German immigrant, founded the furniture company in Dayton, Ohio

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY Mr. Sam tending to his garden. Photograph was taken circa 1955.
04/02/2020

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY Mr. Sam tending to his garden. Photograph was taken circa 1955.

April's Artifact of the Month is a book of poetry once owned by Edward Bartley written by acclaimed American poet James ...
04/02/2020

April's Artifact of the Month is a book of poetry once owned by Edward Bartley written by acclaimed American poet James Russell Lowell, Lowell's Poems published by Donohue & Henneberry, Chicago (1900).

The Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites encourage Texans to practice social distancing and use common sense...
04/01/2020

The Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites encourage Texans to practice social distancing and use common sense to protect themselves and others during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 31 implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas.

The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

This executive order does not prohibit engaging in physical activity like going on walks, jogging, or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

If you need a nature break and plan to visit a THC State Historic Site, we ask that all visitors:

▪️ Stay local and keep visits short.

▪️ Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members.

▪️Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots and scenic overlooks.

▪️Bring your own hand-cleaning materials for extra safety.

▪️All buildings, including public restrooms, are closed to the public. Please plan accordingly.

Please go to thc.texas.gov/publichealth for updates on site availability and other resources. As this situation continues to develop, we will take necessary actions to protect visitor and staff health.

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04/01/2020

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Today is Tech Tuesday and let’s explore the attached image taken inside the pantry of the Rayburn family’s home. The Edl...
03/31/2020

Today is Tech Tuesday and let’s explore the attached image taken inside the pantry of the Rayburn family’s home. The Edlund Company of Burlington, Vermont continues to design, manufacture, and sell 21st century versions of this device for commercial use. What is this example of technology called?

03/29/2020

A Behind the Scenes Look Today --This video was taken last December after the dining room chairs were moved from the doorway leading to the stairwell. The video begins from the mudroom porch and continues through the dining room and ends at the 19th century corner cabinet. Up until the 1934 addition of the southeast screened porch, family, friends, and neighbors entered the Rayburn family's Bonham home by way of the mudroom porch.

#FurnitureFriday We'll take a look at our dining room table from two points of view. The first image is from a newspaper...
03/27/2020

#FurnitureFriday We'll take a look at our dining room table from two points of view. The first image is from a newspaper clipping within our collection published by The Sherman Democrat on January 12, 1964. The second is a recent photograph of the dining room table.

The Texas Historical Commission is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Dise...
03/18/2020

The Texas Historical Commission is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and local authorities to promote social distancing.

All visitor centers and historic buildings at all 31 THC State Historic Sites are currently closed until further notice. The grounds and open spaces at many agency sites will remain open for visitors free of charge, and interpretative materials will be available for visitors at select sites. Please check individual sites for specific details about site operations.

We will restore all programming as soon as we can, while continuing to ensure the safety of our visitors.

Site staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in parks in accordance with CDC and HHSC guidance. Following their guidance, the THC recommends that everyone take routine precautions of staying home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; maintain safe social distance (6 feet or 2 meters); and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Up-to-date State Historic Site and visitor guidance can be found at thc.texas.gov/publichealth.

03/13/2020
Yesterday, we wrapped up the second of two special programs created for elementary school aged children, Sam Rayburn, Un...
03/12/2020

Yesterday, we wrapped up the second of two special programs created for elementary school aged children, Sam Rayburn, United States Congressman and Sam Rayburn, Bonham farmer. Our success would not have been possible without the support of volunteers from Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo and Bonham FFA. Thank You.

03/11/2020

We have been overwhelmed by your response to today's Spring Break program! Thanks to your support, "Mr. Sam, Farmer" is now full!

Sam Rayburn Museum
03/05/2020

Sam Rayburn Museum

#OnThisDate The Government Printing Office (GPO) published the first issue of the 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑 documenting the legislative proceedings in the House and the Senate, March 5, 1873.

Both houses of Congress recorded minutes in their respective publications, but the task was assigned to reporters working for partisan newspapers. Efforts to compile a comprehensive record were criticized for being too favorable to one party or the other. Congress chose the nonpartisan 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝐺𝑙𝑜𝑏𝑒 as its official journal in 1850, but it remained a private publication. Following the Civil War, Congress authorized the GPO to establish a new publication, the 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑. Reporting in the 𝑅𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑 stayed the same until 1941, when Speaker Rayburn ordered references to applause, loud applause, or laughter removed, stating that it did not affect the course of debate and was therefore irrelevant to the official record.

02/28/2020

We had a wonderful time with our Lamar High School visitors yesterday, and are looking forward to our second round this morning. Unfortunately, it means another delayed first public tour.

Our first public tour today, Friday, February 28, will be at noon.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you then!

02/27/2020

Due to a large school tour scheduled this morning, our first public tour will be at noon.

Thank you for your understanding.

02/25/2020
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02/24/2020

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We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers: https://go.nasa.gov/38VibPJ

On this date in 1927, Martha Clementine Waller Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother, passed away.  She was 80 years old.  This ...
02/21/2020

On this date in 1927, Martha Clementine Waller Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother, passed away. She was 80 years old. This 1930 photograph,from our collection, is of Mrs. Rayburn surrounded by her sons sitting on the front porch of their rural Bonham home. On the front row, left to right, is Jim Rayburn, Martha Rayburn, Will Rayburn and Frank Rayburn. On the second row is Tom Rayburn, Sam Rayburn, and Dick Rayburn.

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890 W State Highway 56
Bonham, TX
75418

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The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site tells the real story of Sam Rayburn, one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the 20th century, in his family’s authentic 1916 home. Preserved as a period time capsule, the two-story home contains all original Rayburn furnishings and housewares. The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is one of 31 historic attractions operated by the Texas Historical Commission. If you're looking for the official source of information about the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, please visit our homepage at www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com.

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Rumor has it that there is a new Rayburn House Presidents' Day Jeopardy champion... and he's local.
Thank you so much for speaking to the Murphy Historical Society last night at our meeting. It was an excellent, informative presentation on both the political and personal life of Mr Sam.
This is were I was proudly born, and was always very excited Mr. Sam Rayburn Speaker of the House was from here also...visit this historic site you will not be disappointed, it is stunningly awesome.
I grew up in Bonham Texas. We loved Speaker of the house, Sam Rayburn. Have been to his home there. He was a real statesman. Mary Modisett