Welcome to the Friends of the Texas Room

July 25th FTxR Meeting - Donald HayesOur 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 October 24th virtual meeting (7:00 - 8:00 pm) will feature Jeff Lindemann speaking on "Mid-Nineteenth Century Germans' Voyage from Downtown Breman to Downtown Houston." Mr. Lindemann, a fifth-generation German-Texan, will weave a tale of two voyages: that of his ancestors' journey forward in their time to Houston and his own journey back in time to Breman. A retired college English professor of 43 years, Lindemann will share his experiences exploring research centers in Texas and Germany and in writing, compiling, and publishing his family history book The Lindemann Family History: Three Generations in Texas. He donated a copy to the Clayton Branch Library.

FTxR members, as well as the general public, may join the July Zoom meeting by using the following link: https://bit.ly/FTXR-Lindemann10-24-22.

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