The Sam Rayburn house Museum was the first Texas Historical Commission site. The home built by Sam Rayburn in Bonham, Texas, the staff and I worked to further develop and share an understanding of the life of the Speaker of the House and his family, especially through the lens of domestic life. One of my main projects was to inventory and categorize the digitized files that were on hand and organize them by family members. Additionally, I would assist in running tours of the house and broader property. Engaging with the community and helping to connect them to local history. Also, I would go out and work with the community at events like a farmers’ market or a teachers’ conference. Finally, at the Sam Rayburn House, I was encouraged to pursue personal curiosity. My interest was piqued by Oral History Documentation and the late Revered Charlie Phillips. He passed away relatively recently and was certainly within living memory, and I wanted to attempt to set up and conduct an oral history interview about Reverend Phillips. I attempted to hunt down leads in order to find the people who knew him.
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