"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 12 December 2002

Collectible Texas Christmas Ornaments

Would you like for your Christmas tree to help preserve Texas history? If so, consider adding a collectible ornament from the State Preservation Board. The 7th in a series of annual collectible ornaments, the 2002 ornament features the historic hinges that grace Capitol doors. This 31/4-inch three-dimensional ornament is finished in 24k gold and illustrates the historic decorative style of hardware considered elaborate enough for the grandiose state building. The ornaments are $16 plus tax/and or shipping.

The State Preservation Board was established in 1983 by the 68th Legislature for the purpose of preserving, maintaining, and restoring the State Capitol and the General Land Office Building and their grounds in Austin for the benefit of the citizens of Texas.

Proceeds from the sales of these ornaments help to fund the preservation of these historic Texas landmarks. For information on how to buy the ornament, write: Capitol Gift Shop, Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th St., Austin, Texas 78701, e-mail capitol.giftshop@tspb.state.tx.us, telephone Toll Free: 888/678-5556 or visit their website at: http://www.texascapitolgiftshop.com/

Forgotten Patriots Exhibit & Seminar

A long-overdue effort to recognize the contributions that African American and American Indian patriots made during the Revolution is celebrated in the exhibition "Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Service in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783." Organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum and in collaboration with the DAR Library, the exhibition will be on view from Oct. 18, 2002 through Aug. 2, 2003 in the DAR Museum's Main Gallery.

The DAR Museum was established in 1890, the year the DAR was founded. Its 33,000 decorative and fine arts objects comprise items made or used in America before the Industrial Revolution, including furniture, ceramics, pewter, glass, silver, textiles, and paintings.

The items are displayed in two galleries and 33 period rooms, which trace the development of home, business, and social life in early America and reveal how lifestyles have changed over 300 years. Among the period rooms are: 17th-Century New England one-room house, 18th-Century Georgia tavern, 1850s California whaling station, and a late 19th-Century attic filled with antique toys. Free guided tours of the period rooms are offered daily except Saturdays when the DAR building is closed.

The "Forgotten Patriots Seminar" will take placed on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 at the DAR Headquarters building. Registration is free and open to all; however, there is a $20 charge to attend the luncheon. The seminar topics include: Session 1 - Native Americans in the Era of the American Revolution; Session 2 - Finding & County African Americans in the Records of the American Revolution; and, Session 3 - African American Experiences in the American Revolution.

For information on the exhibit or the seminar, contact: DAR Library or DAR Museum, 1776 D Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20006-5303; or e-mail museum@dar.org; telephone: 202-628-1776; or visit their website at: http://www.dar.org/.

To learn how to research African-American genealogy, I recommend a book, Family Pride: The Complete Guild to Tracing African-American Genealogy [ISBN 0-02-860842-9]. This is an easy to use guide to help you get started on this unique form of genealogical research. If it is not available at your local library, asked them to obtain it for you via inter-library loan or ask your bookstore to order it for you.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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