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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
30 January 2004

Herzstein Library

Great News! After being closed for several years to re-catalog the collection, the Albert & Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum is again open to researchers.

On Saturday, Jan. 24th, I spent part of the day at the library and I can tell you without any reservations it is a wonderful collection and Lisa Struthers, the Library's Executive Director, is an accomplished archivist.

The Library has several ongoing projects for volunteers. They have free RV hook-ups for individuals who want to come to the Museum to do volunteer work under the Resident Volunteer Program. In return for the free hook-up, volunteers agree to perform a certain number of hours per week. If you are interested in volunteering, including typing, they are considering offering "at home" projects as well.

For information on volunteer opportunities, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/battlesh/volunteer.htm.

In 1939, the Herzstein Library began with gifts with gifts from the descendants of Texas heroes, including Stephen F. Austin, San Houston, Marabeau B. Lamar and Sidney Sherman. In addition, a major gift was granted by founding President, George A. Hill, Jr. Though many materials relating to early exploration and statehood can be found in the library, emphasis is on colonial Texas as a part of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the early days of Texas statehood. The library's holdings include books and other research materials on any subject related to Texas culture and development.

To review the Library's on-line card catalog go to: http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/ and click on LIBRARY. The newspapers and Spanish language only materials have not been added to the on-line card catalog, contact the Library for a hand search related to those items. They will be added to the on-line card catalog as time permits.

The San Jacinto Museum of History is a rich depository of resources for the study of the Republic of Texas, early Texas statehood and politics, and Native Americans in Texas. Other focuses of the collection include the Mexican War, the War Between the States, the Spanish-American War, the American West, early American art and culture, and the history of Mexico, Spain, France, and Latin America.

The Herzstein Library boasts more rare books per square foot than the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and its books, maps, newspapers, manuscripts and collections are available for your next research project. The library's collections are non-circulating, but may be used in the library.

You must make an appointment to use the library's materials or submit an inquiry in writing and a member of our staff will find you an answer.

The library is currently scheduling appointments on Fridays and some Saturdays. Admission to the library is free to members of the San Jacinto Museum of History, and is $5.00 for non-members. They only have places for two (2) researchers per month for Saturday appointments. That means, you need to plan ahead to use one of the 24 slots available per year.

Whether writing a book, working on a thesis, or investigating your genealogy, the Herzstein Library is a good starting point for your Texas research. For an appointment or volunteer information, call 281/479.2421 or send an e-mail to < library@sanjacinto-museum.org > or write to the Library at: One Monument Circle, LaPorte, Texas 77571-9585.

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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