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Hurst History: Gallery

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Hurst History on Display at Hurst Public Library

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Historical Gallery at Hurst Public LibraryThe Historical Gallery at Hurst Public Library

Hurst Library's Historical Gallery, centrally located between the Library entrance and the Adult Information Desk, is a museum gallery featuring items from, information about, and images of the History of Hurst.

A painting featuring William L. Hurst (aka "Uncle Billy") and the Hurst Train Depot was given to Hurst Public Library in 1986 by Mr. & Mrs. Herman J. Smith, and is featured on the Gallery Wall.

Display cases hold exhibits of donated pieces from some of Northeast Tarrant County's settlers, includingHistorical Gallery at Hurst Public Library those of particular importance in Hurst, such as Uncle Billy's Fiddle and the telegraph used by Hurst Depot's Stationmaster Grady Walker.

Other treasures include historic documents, news clippings, Historical Gallery at Hurst Public Libraryphotographs, and genealogical records from families dating back to Republic of Texas days. Some of the first Anglo-American families to call the Mid-Cities area home are represented in Hurst Library's Historical Gallery Collection.

The Gallery serves as more than just an historical display area for Library patrons. Works by local artists and collectors, traveling exhibits, J. Lynn Kelly's Dream Wheels,  and a collection of Tom Clark sculptures donated to the Hurst Public Library by Aaron & Mary Webb. Patron of the Library will note the Gallery is also one of the Library's designated Quiet Zones, with comfy seats for readers, and a puzzle table.

Contact the Library's Adult Information Services Department at 817-788-7301 with questions about the Historical Gallery, it contents, or the works or collections on display, or ask at the Information Desk the next time you are here. 

Hurst - Looking Forward Through the Past

Originally played in the Library's Historical Gallery as part of the Hurst History Exhibit, this video - produced in 1998 for the City of Hurst by Forest Glen Productions of Fort Worth, Texas - highlights significant events, people and places in the City's history (prior to 1998).


For more about the History of Hurst, explore these sources online:

 Portal to Texas History

 Handbook of Texas Online

 Texas Almanac

 Lone Star History Links

 Texas Beyond History

 Texas Heritage Online

 Texas Historic Sites Atlas

 Texas Historical Commission

 Texas State Library