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Friday 02/15/2019
Sixty-three percent of Texans can’t pass U.S. Citizenship Test
Posted: February 15, 2019

PRINCETON, N.J. (Feb. 15, 2019) — Only 37 percent of Texas residents earned a passing grade on history questions from the U.S. citizenship test. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that only in Vermont could a majority (53 percent) pass; in the lowest performing state, a mere 27 percent were able to pass.

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Monday 01/21/2019
Texas Finally Recognizes Its History
Posted: January 21, 2019

Last week, The Texas Tribune reported on an interesting event in the capitol building in Austin.  Members of the Texas state board that oversees the capitol grounds voted to remove a plaque from the capitol titled, “Children of the Confederacy Creed.”

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Thursday 01/17/2019
Online exhibit showcases a century of Texas
Posted: January 17, 2019

AUSTIN — The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is pleased to announce its newest web exhibit, “Scenic Texas: Discoveries in Texas Film & Video,” www.scenicroutetx.com, a guided tour through ten years of TAMI’s media preservation.

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Sunday 01/06/2019
When the flickers came to Liberty
Posted: January 06, 2019

The first motion picture theater that opened in Liberty, or at least the first that made its way into the pages of The Vindicator, was Capt. Vinton’s Air-Dome, mentioned in the April 10, 1914 edition.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
All dirt and shell roads till '36
Posted: January 03, 2019

Here’s a little local trivia. The streets in Liberty were not paved until the Great Depression. The Works Progress Administration hired local men to do the work. As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the federal government paid Liberty to pave its own streets. This article is from the Aug. 12, 1936 edition of The Vindicator.

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Friday 12/28/2018
Looking at a 1927 map of Liberty
Updated: December 29, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Last April, The Vindicator posed the question of whether Grand in Liberty is properly called Grand Street or Grand Avenue? We asked because there are streets signs that call it avenue but others that call it street.

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Thursday 11/29/2018
Article 1 of the 14th Amendment: A Bedrock of American Liberty
Updated: November 29, 2018 - 1:43 pm

The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution has been in the headlines since President Trump mentioned it in an interview with “Axios on HBO” on October 29,, 2018. While I am happy the Reconstruction Amendments are back in popular discourse, it appears that many people need a refresher on the history 14th Amendment: its clauses, its purpose and how the Constitution can be amended.

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Lies Disney Told Us: Pocahontas
Updated: November 29, 2018 - 1:43 pm

I vividly remember the 1995 release of Walt Disney’s animated film, Pocahontas. I had a Pocahontas-themed necklace, a backpack and a pair of shoes. I was quite a fan, to say the least. Imagine my surprise (read: the glass-smashing end of my childhood) when I started to learn the true story of the Disney princess while taking AP US History. Each semester I teach US History I ask my students about Pocahontas and they gleefully tell me how she loved John Smith. These experiences helped me realize the impact of film on our understandings of history. Pocahontas, her story, and the story of the clash between her people and the English settlers deserve to be told to the public, truthfully.

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Thursday 11/22/2018
55 years ago today
Posted: November 22, 2018

President John F. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963. The attached image is from The Vindicator’s front page the following week.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Base Ball News from 1910
Posted: November 12, 2018

This photo was posted online some time ago without our knowing the names of the men in it. It was Liberty’s baseball team circa 1910. Today, we ran across an edition of The Vindicator from 1956 that ran the same image and included a caption listing the players’ names.

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Sunday 11/11/2018
Armistice Day
Updated: November 11, 2018 - 1:28 am

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, here is some information about some of the local men who served in World War I.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
How civility in government was discussed in 1923
Posted: October 31, 2018

Here is an article that appeared in the March 9, 1923 edition of The Vindicator regarding an impolite word used during a congressional debate. Naturally, a Texan was in the middle of it:

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Stupid trains in 1893
Posted: October 25, 2018

The City of Dayton might wish it could imitate the way Liberty dealt with trains blocking its streets in 1893. Below is the ordinance passed by Liberty’s Board of Aldermen on Jan. 19, 1893 as recorded in the official minutes for that meeting:

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Saturday 09/29/2018
Liberty elected African-American alderman in 1891
Updated: September 29, 2018 - 12:49 am

By Casey Stinnett, managing editor

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Wednesday 09/19/2018
Sam Houston Regional Library to host talk on Prehistory of Southeast Texas
Posted: September 19, 2018

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will host a discussion on the Andy Kyle Archeological Collection in Liberty, Texas, on Oct. 2. Long-time Houston Archeological Society (HAS) member Wilson “Dub” Crook will share what new information was gleaned from the HAS’ study of the collection with the public.

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Friday 08/24/2018
First baby born at Dayton Memorial Hospital
Posted: August 24, 2018

Judith Chason of Dayton recently sent the newspaper a photograph of Linda Kay Wells, now living in Schertz, Texas, saying that Wells was the first baby born in “the Dayton hospital, when there was one.”

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Monday 07/23/2018
Fire raged in 1909
Posted: July 23, 2018

Fire raged through the business section of Liberty around midnight, Wednesday, April 21, 1909.

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Friday 07/20/2018
Bode to speak to Dayton historians
Posted: July 20, 2018

Local educator and historian Danny Bode will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Dayton Historical Society on Monday, July 30, 6 p.m. at Parker Hall, behind The Old School Museum.  

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
Twitter, Historians and the Purpose of 'Bite Size History'
Posted: June 27, 2018

When I graduated from Harvard with my master’s degree in 2014, I knew I needed a break from the academy. Like many graduate students, I became obsessed with and bogged down by my academic work. Every A- or comment on one of my assignments became a night of worrying about my future as an academic and the quality of my work.

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Thursday 06/14/2018
Remembering Andy Kyle
Posted: June 14, 2018

Ahead of the museum re-opening at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center last Saturday, one faithful Vindicator reader suggested we dig up the article originally published about the donation of the Andy Kyle collection. That seemed like a good idea, so here it is, from the April 28, 1977 edition of The Liberty Vindicator.

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Friday 06/08/2018
‘Hear them Talk!’
Posted: June 08, 2018

Here is a little local trivia. The first talkie to play in Liberty was “The Great Divide,” starring Dorothy Mackaill, Ian Keith and Myrna Loy, at the American Theatre on Saturday, March 29, 1930.

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Monday 05/28/2018
Taking a brief look at softball history
Posted: May 28, 2018

With so much talk of the Liberty Lady Panthers’ making history, a look at the past softball playoffs seems in order.

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Friday 05/25/2018
Remember those who gave their all
Updated: May 25, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Monday is Memorial Day. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971, but the tradition was begun in 1868, when General John A. Logan, who led an organization of Union Civil War veterans, called for a national day of remembrance.

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Friday 04/20/2018
Flashback Friday: April 6, 1971
Posted: April 20, 2018

This is a bit random, but here is a look at The Vindicator’s front page from April 6, 1971.

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Thursday 04/12/2018
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Eats any style you like
Posted: April 12, 2018

Nestled beside an advertisement for Liberty Theatre Daisetta, “The Play House of Liberty County,” in the Jan. 2, 1925 edition of The Vindicator is the following story about a 94-year-old man who did not need anyone’s help.

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Thursday 02/22/2018
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Winning the women’s vote
Updated: February 22, 2018 - 3:02 pm

In Texas, women obtained the right to vote in party primaries before they had the right to vote in general elections.

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Friday 01/26/2018
GLO announces discoveries about Alamo cannons
Updated: January 26, 2018 - 4:35 pm

At its quarterly meeting last fall, the Liberty County Historical Commission heard a presentation by Alamo Endowment Executive Director Becky Dinnin on the changes being made at the Alamo. The meeting was well attended by the public, and Dinnin fielded a good many questions from those present.

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Friday 01/05/2018
County Historical Commission to hear speaker on Caddo Mounds Historic Site
Posted: January 05, 2018

The Liberty County Historical Commission will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the A. J. “Jack” Hartel Community Building, 318 San Jacinto Street, Liberty. 

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Friday 12/29/2017
The Vindicator begins its 131st year
Posted: December 29, 2017

With the motto “Be Just and Fear Not” under its masthead, the very first edition of The Vindicator was published on Dec. 9, 1887.

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Tuesday 12/19/2017
Pep rally on the square
Posted: December 19, 2017

This is not much in the way of history, but having run across these photos recently, we thought them worth sharing. They are snapshots of a 1947 Liberty Panthers pep rally on the courthouse square. 

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Monday 09/11/2017
The 1897 hurricane
Posted: September 11, 2017

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 1897 a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds made landfall south of Beaumont and left 13 dead. This was before names were given to hurricanes. The storm was called simply Number 2 for its being the second hurricane of that season.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Soup has nothing to do with it
Posted: August 10, 2017

A recent Facebook post by Texas Center for Community Journalism begins, “Lots of reporters still have problems with semicolons.” Which I read to mean that a lot of reporters ought find something else to do for a living.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Rain Came
Posted: July 06, 2017

Despite the effect it might have had on his own interests, the newspaper’s editor poetically rhapsodized about a recent rainfall in the July 6, 1917 edition of The Vindicator. In that edition, the following is found sandwiched between a T&NO Railroad schedule and an advertisement for Monkey Grip inner tubes:

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Monday 07/03/2017
Reader challenge
Posted: July 03, 2017

In honor of American independence and in recognition of the noble principles upon which this nation was founded, The Vindicator hereby and “fourthwith” challenges its readers to read the entirety of the Declaration of Independence, including not merely the most poetic expressions contained in its first two paragraphs but read its every eloquent paragraph, sentence, phrase and word, excepting none, for each and every jot and tittle carries meaning of great importance.

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Monday 06/26/2017
First U.S. troops arrived in France 100 years ago June 26
Posted: June 26, 2017

Today, June 26, marks 100 years since the first American troops arrived in France during World War I.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
RFK killed 49 years ago this week
Updated: June 07, 2017 - 5:49 pm

The following are excerpts of the editorial that ran in The Vindicator on June 13, 1968:

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Friday 05/12/2017
Olmsted on Liberty County
Posted: May 12, 2017

As everyone knows, who knows anything about Texas history, Frederick Law Olmsted traveled throughout the Lone Star State in the mid-1850s and published a book about the trip in 1857 titled, A Journey Through Texas: or A Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier.

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Thursday 03/23/2017
Open house launches campaign to find Liberty County history
Posted: March 23, 2017

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, held an open house on Saturday, March 18, inviting area residents to donate items of historical importance to be included in the soon-to-be updated museum space detailing the narrative of the Atascosito District of Southeast Texas.

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Thursday 02/02/2017
Historical Commission honors Black History Month
Posted: February 02, 2017

The Liberty County Historical Commission is celebrating and honoring Black History Month in February by sponsoring county historical markers for two of the oldest and most historic black churches in the county. Turkey Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty and Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames will receive markers honoring their long and unique histories.

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Thursday 01/19/2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Angelo is Free!’
Posted: January 19, 2017

The top story in the Nov. 30, 1972 edition of The Vindicator was about an escape from the county jail:

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
Agriculture tells the history of the Rio Grande Valley
Posted: January 03, 2017

As the 1800s rolled into the 1900s, agriculture in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was in the midst of a major makeover, according to local historians and agricultural experts.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: 1916 fight over school financing, Wilson wins Texas, Corsicana one of state's biggest towns
Updated: December 29, 2016 - 3:45 pm

One hundred years ago, school financing dominated politics just as it does today. The Dec. 29, 1916 edition of The Vindicator reported on its front page that the school tax amendment authorizing the voting of increased amounts for schools was defeated at the polls by a statewide margin of just 7,009 votes.

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Friday 12/09/2016
It’s The Vindicator’s birthday
Updated: December 09, 2016 - 3:32 pm

Today, Dec. 9, is The Vindicator’s 129th birthday. The very first edition of The Vindicator came out on Dec. 9, 1887 with the slogan “Be Just and Fear Not” under its masthead.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: The weird life and murder trials of Emory Sapp
Posted: December 08, 2016

In the Dec. 8, 1916 edition of The Vindicator appeared one of the many stories published nation wide about Emory Eron Sapp, who was convicted of conspiring in the 1914 murder of his wife in Liberty County, then escaped from prison and was discovered in 1940 to be working as a policeman in Tennessee under an assumed name.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: News, how to start a Ford, and the Trivium Club in 1916
Posted: December 01, 2016

Below news reports on the First World War and of Francisco Villa’s defeat at Chihuahua, at the very bottom of the front page of the Dec. 1, 1916 edition, The Vindicator reported the passing of author Jack London.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Dr. A. L. Delaney, local physician, knows China
Posted: November 17, 2016

The Oct. 5, 1944 edition of The Vindicator included a reprint of an article by Frank Morris of the Houston Post about local doctor A. L. Delaney, written after the doctor returned from service overseas in World War II.

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Graves family featured in rice farming exhibit
Posted: November 17, 2016

The rice farming exhibit continues to draw people to The Old School Museum in Dayton, located behind Walgreens. It is open on Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and admission is free. The exhibit features many multi-generational rice farming families who came to Dayton at the turn of the 20th century or in its early decades to make Dayton and the surrounding area their home.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Silent film playlists at early local theatres
Posted: November 03, 2016

A few lines in a column called “The City In Brief” from the May 15, 1914 edition of The Vindicator said, “Daisy Theatre will show, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights of every week. Admission 5c and 10c,” but they do not say what the Daisy Theatre was to show. Perhaps in 1914 it did not matter what was on as long as it was something to see.

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Thursday 10/27/2016
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Early reports of Halloween in The Vindicator
Posted: October 27, 2016

Halloween did not make the news in Liberty very often during The Vindicator’s first few decades. The first mention of Halloween found in the pages of The Vindicator appears in the Nov. 9, 1900 edition, in a reprinted story from Rochester, New York.

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Monday 10/24/2016
Halloween came to America in a poem
Posted: October 24, 2016

The true origins of Halloween are debatable, among those who care enough to debate about such things, but whatever its beginnings, whether from the ancient Druids or medieval Christians, the arrival of Halloween in America came fairly late.

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