Victoria College/UHV Library receives $8,000 donation

Pictured, from left, are Doris Obsta of the genealogical society, Dr. Joe Dahlstrom, VC/UHV library director; Dr. Tom Butler, VC president; F. William Farnsworth, genealogical society member; and Sheron Barnes, Special Collections librarian.

The Victoria College/UHV Library has received an $8,000 donation from the Victoria County Genealogical Society.

The donation, will be used “to enhance the history and heritage of Victoria County,” said Doris Obsta, of the Genealogical Society. She said this was the fourth such gift to Victoria College with a total of $38,000 given to the college over the past several years.

Obsta said the donation comes from funds raised through the sale of “The History and Heritage of Victoria County, Texas” books, of which she is editor.

“We are grateful to the Genealogical Society,” said Victoria College President Dr. Tom Butler.  “Through their support and volunteerism, we have been able to enrich the experiences visitors have when researching family, state and county history. The library’s Regional History Center is a premier resource for scholars and others interested in learning more and preserving our rich history. This has been made possible through the society's generosity.”

“This gift will be used for a variety of things such as purchasing historical materials for the Regional History Center and digitalizing photos and documents,” said Dr. Joe Dahlstrom, VC/UHV Library director.

Dahlstrom said the library donated office space in the library for the society to use in collecting and digitalizing materials.

“We’ve worked closely with the society for many years,” he said.

Published: Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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