Welcome to the Friends of the Texas Room

April 25th FTxR Speaker George SlaughterOur Mission: The Friends of the Texas Room (FTxR) seeks to support the collections of the Texas and Local History Department, the Archives and Manuscripts Department, and the Special Collections Department of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) of the Houston Public Library.

The HMRC, the primary resource for the history of Houston, is housed in the Julia Ideson Building of the downtown Houston Public Library across from City Hall. The beautiful Spanish-Renaissance style building holds one of the largest collections of Texas history in the state.

Visit the Julia Ideson Building (Chapter 1 from the FTxR DVD In Search of Houston's History).

The FTxR qualifies under Section 501 (c) (3) IRS revenue service code.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FTxR Officers and Board of Directors have decided to conduct our quarterly Monday meetings virtually at 7:00 pm using a Zoom platform. Meetings are held the last Monday of the month unless an alternative date is announced. The Monday evening meetings are January 31st, April 25th, July 25th, and October 24th. Members may join the meetings by clicking on a link provided by FTxR and posted on this Welcome page of our website and in our quarterly newsletter The Dispatch.

Our Next Meeting: The April 25th, 2022, virtual meeting (7:00 - 8:00 pm) will feature “An Evening with Spring Branch Historian George Slaughter.” As FTxR President Mister McKinney interviews our speaker, learn about how this multicultural, highly populated residential area west of downtown has an early history telling the story of German settlers who were business owners, farmers, and shopkeepers who left their homeland to pursue the American dream. These hardy 19th century emigrants travelled to this new world seeking a life of freedom, the opportunity to own land, and a chance to raise their families and pass on their cultural heritage. FTxR members, as well as the public, may join the meeting by using the following URL: https://bit.ly/FTXR-Slaughter04-25-22.

2022 Board of Directors:
President - Mister McKinney
Vice President - Susan Teich
Secretary - (Open Position)
Treasurer - Frank Jones
Jim Bailey
Nancy Burch
Anthony Cavender (Julia Ideson Award)
J.J. Gonzalez (Membership Chair)
Carol Haddock
Rebecca Harris
Jeff Lindemann (Dispatch Editor)
George Slaughter