Friday, February 24, 2012

Tyrrell Historical Library Offers Workshop

As you may know, the McFaddin-Ward House Museum staff is gearing up for the weekend of April 13-15, 2012, to raise awareness about the "Old Town" neighborhood, one of Beaumont's oldest communities.

Interested parties have been asked to participate by researching and writing the "story" of their own home, which they would post on a sign in their yard. These homes would be featured in neighborhood tours during the weekend.

We are still on the look-out for more homes to spolight, and Bill Grace, Branch Manager at the Tyrrell Historical Library, wants YOU to become one of this year’s Preservation Celebration researchers!

The organization, along with The McFaddin-Ward House Museum, the Beaumont Heritage Society, and the Chambers House Museum, are asking all interested researchers to dig into Tyrrell’s new archive offerings Saturday, March 3, 2012.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, is a free workshop designed to give historians an inside look at how to navigate the library’s Web site and hard copy collections. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged due to materials provided.

Here are just a few of the resources available:

• Permanent Collections
• Historical Research
• Digital Portal Web-site
• BPLS Web-site
• Local History Archives
• Genealogy Collections
• Texas History, Biography and Fiction Collections
• Art Books and American History Collections
• Online Library Card Catalog
• Computer Genealogy Databases
• Historical Exhibits

Their new annex building has more than doubled their storage capacity for personal papers, business city records, civic and fraternal organizations, to name a few. Several of these resources, including indexes, general information, an online library catalog, and a direct link to the digital portal site, where scanned and fully described items from archival collection are available from the comfort of your home, via personal computer.

These latest additions make the workshop a perfect and convenient opportunity to begin your journey into the past!

Please contact Bill Grace at (409) 833-2759 to sign up and to obtain more details. For more information on the neighborhood project or any of the upcoming events, contact the McFaddin-Ward House Museum at (409) 832-1906.

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