The Friends of Sam Rayburn, Inc.

The Sam Rayburn Museums

 Sam Rayburn House Museum

Step into the warm and welcoming world of one of Texas’ best known statesmen, Sam Rayburn. One of the most powerful and influential politicians in the 20th century, Rayburn served in the U.S. Congress for 48 years. His 1916 home, now the Sam Rayburn House Museum, preserves his real stories with original furnishings, candid photographs and personal belongings, remaining as they were when he lived here. Visitors explore Rayburn’s personal life and political achievements and their impact on mid-20th-century history.  The mission of the Sam Rayburn House Museum is to increase local, regional and national awareness of Sam Rayburn’s life and career as a United States Congressman through the preservation and interpretation of the historic site. Site collections, outbuildings, historic vehicles and agricultural activities tell the story of Sam Rayburn and his family through exhibits, guided tours of the historic house museum and interpretive programming. Sam Rayburn House Museum strives to serve scholars, lifelong learners, school children and the residents of Fannin County. The Sam Rayburn House Museum is a Texas Historical Commission (THC) property. The THC’s mission is to protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.

For more information on tours, special exhibits and upcoming events, please visit the Sam Rayburn House Museum webpage.

 Sam Rayburn Library and Museum

The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum the creation of the man who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives longer than any other person: Sam Taliaferro Rayburn (1882–1961). Known affectionately as "Mr. Sam" by his friends and colleagues, Rayburn established the library and museum in 1957 as a tribute to the people of his cherished Fannin County.  Sam Rayburn served as congressman during the administrations of eight presidents and participated in the passage of most of the significant legislation of the first half of the twentieth century. He became chairman of the powerful Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce in 1931 and House majority leader in 1937. Rayburn, as well as Vice President John Nance Garner, played a critical role in passing much of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.  In 1941 Rayburn became Speaker of the House of Representatives, a position he held for sixteen years, longer than any other individual in U.S. history. Except for two brief periods when the Republican Party controlled the House (1947–1948 and 1953–1955), Rayburn continued to serve as Speaker until his death in 1961.  In 1991, the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum became a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, a unit of The University of Texas at Austin. The Library and Museum, located in Bonham, is open to the public for visitation and tours. It contains exhibits on Sam Rayburn's life and career and features an exact replica of the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives during Rayburn's tenure in that position. The Rayburn Library and Museum also houses Rayburn's personal library and an extensive collection of books that relate to his career or to the people, issues, and events with which he dealt during his years of public service.

To learn more about the exhibits, programs and events, please visit the Sam Rayburn Library Museum webpage.

Would you like to help the Friends as they support the programs of the Rayburn museums?  Become a member of the Friends of Sam Rayburn, Inc. today! Membership application:  (Doc)        (PDF)

Friends of Sam Rayburn, Inc.
P.O. Box 669
Bonham, Texas 75418

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