A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 141
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 141
For a short time considerable interest was taken
in the affairs of the Lyceum by the gentlemen having
its management in hand, but these soon grew
weary and the Lyceum was allowed to die again.
During the war nothing was, or could be, done, but
at the close of the war an attempt was made to revive
interest in it, but with only partial success.
Spasmodic attempts were made to establish the
Lyceum firmly on its feet, but it was not until 1895
that such an attempt was crowned with success.
In that year Mrs. Looscan, president of the Ladies
Reading Club, brought that Club to the assistance
of the Lyceum. Every member of the Club
became a member of the Lyceum and the books
were removed to a room in the Mason building.
Through the efforts of these ladies the city officials
were induced to give official recognition to
the Lyceum in 1899 and to make an appropriation
of $200 monthly for its support The next
year Mr. Carnegie gave $50,000 for a building
fund, providing the city would donate a suitable
building site. The conditions were complied with
and the present library building was formally
opened to the public in March, 1904. In 1900 the
Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Association was
chartered and took the place of the old Houston
Lyceum. About the same time Mr. N. S. Meldrum
endowed the children's department with
$6,000 as a memorial to Norma Meldrum.
Miss Julia Ideson, the librarian, stated in her report
for 1904 that there had been 59,751 books with-
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/157/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .