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“The Story of the Sam Houston Chickens” to be Published

Sam Houston Memorial Museum to highlight book created by SHSU students


by Emily Binetti, SHSU

Sam Houston State University students have written and illustrated a children’s book about the chickens who frequently visit the University’s campus.  Published by Bright Sky Press, the book will roll out with a signing event on May 3 at the Bear Bend Cabin on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum from 4:30-6 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited.

“The Story of the Sam Houston Chickens” is a fictional book that is based on a true story about the chickens coming to live on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

Casey Roon, curator of exhibits for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, served as advisor and editor on the project. “This is a fictional, children’s book of how the chickens crossed the road to the campus which we hope readers of all ages will enjoy,” she said.

The students who worked with her in creating the book were members of the spring 2017 Priority One public relations class at SHSU. The project took root after publisher Lucy Chambers of Bright Sky Press visited the campus that year and remarked about the uniqueness of the chickens roaming the campus.  The book’s illustrations are by Victoria Gillis, who is a student in the Department of Art at SHSU.

In conjunction with the Museum, all proceeds from book purchases will be directed to scholarships for students in the Departments of Mass Communication and Art.

The book will be available for purchase at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. To pre-order “The Story of the Sam Houston Chickens,” contact the Museum at: (936) 294-3839;cmr022@shsu.edu.

One comment

  1. George H. Russell

    Back around 1953 I raised several roosters in Russellville. The roosters crowed to wake me up in the morning and I loved it. My next door neighbor hated my roosters and so I was forced to ship them to my grandfather’s farm in Missouri. I am so happy that the chickens are once again roaming around in Russellville and in the park.

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