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Blanco County Sesquicentennial Kick-Off
Library to Receive Map of Historic Texas
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 • Posted January 8, 2008

To kick off the Blanco County's sesquicentennial year, Rebecca Howerton will present a map of historic Texas to the Blanco Library. The unveiling will be held on Friday, January 18, at 1:00 PM, at the Blanco Library, which is located on 12th and Main Streets.

The public is invited to attend the event, especially since it is the first of the celebrations of the county's 150 years.

"It's my privilege to donate the map," Howerton said. "When the Blanco Library moves into their new building, it will have a place." Howerton bought the map at an auction held at the Blanco Minutemen Rangers Ball last year.

Rob Jones of the Texas General Land Office will be present for the ceremony, in the persona of Land Commissioner Stephen Crosby, who was the head of the General Land Office from 1850 to 1865.

Rob Jones is Special Projects Director & Counsel for Archives at the Texas General Land Office, where he has worked since 2003. Since he began working for Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Jones frequently speaks to historical groups in that persona.

An avid student of Texas history and map aficionado, Jones has written articles for a number of publications, ranging from the Handbook of Texas to the State Bar Journal to Texas History Magazine. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He previously taught college-level history and served two terms as a misdemeanor trial court judge. Jones is proud of being a native Texan and still owns a family farm, the patent to which was issued to his great-great-grandfather and is in the Land Office records.

Jennifer Payne, also from the Land Office, will come in historic dress for the occasion. Marc Mabrito, who coordinates events such as the Minutemen Rangers Ball, will be attending in his captain's uniform, and Rebecca and Laura Mabrito are planning to wear period clothing as well.

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