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Austin History Center  The local history and archives division of the Austin Public Library.


Join the Austin Public Library and share your story.
When: October 26, 2017 / 7-8 pm
Where: Twin Oaks Branch, Austin Public Library
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious - read, memorized, or remembered - listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! The theme for this event is Light and Shadows. The theme can be interpreted however you wish.
Note the Ticket is for those signing up to speak - no need to get a ticket to be a spectator.
#APL #adultstoryhour #tellyourstory #whatisyourstory #nevertoooldforstorytime#austinlocal #austintexas #tellyourownstory

Our papers called Eugene T. Digges Collection of the Fontaine Family came to us in a unique way. A couple bought a new house and while cleaning up the garage they stumbled upon this collection of letters and other materials. Eugene was a rare books dealer in Austin and over his career he collected materials related to the Fontaine family. #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram #librariesofinstagram #archivesstories

In 1989 Austinites discovered something amiss with their beloved tree the Treaty Oak. Over the next 5 years a story of perseverance would emerge amid an outpouring of concern and care as efforts were made to save the tree from a deliberate poisoning. Get well cards from around the country were sent to Austin wishing the tree a speedy recovery.
Today we send our own get well wishes to a member of the Austin History Center. Get well, you are in our thoughts and we are wishing you a speedy recovery. [PICA 29193] #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram #librariesofinstagram #austinlocal #treatyoak

Celebrate Archives Month by joining us on Friday, October 20 at 12:00 pm for the 17th Annual Genealogy Lock-in. Learn how to use resources to create your family tree and to navigate records to find your ancestors. Texas State Library and Archives Commission will be joining in as well to discuss their sources of information for your genealogical and historical work. [ND-47-103-08] #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram #austinlocal #austintexas

Customer Appreciation Week is Oct. 15-21 at the Austin Public Library! Visit your favorite branch for a free postcard! Five different images of bygone Austin are available at different branches within each APL region and at the Austin History Center. Collect them all!
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It is still #archivesmonth and this week we wanted to talk about the different Outreach we do here at the Austin History Center. Outreach is an important aspect of access as we are attempting to share out materials via social media, blogs, events, and interactions with the community. Here at the Austin History Center we want to provide as much access to our materials as we can with patrons through as many different sources as we can, so be sure to follow us on our Blog, YouTube, Facebook, and attend the many events we have at the AHC. Pictured here is a view of a patron in our building, but when it was the central branch for the Austin Public Library.
#austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram #librariesofinstagram #archives #archivesmonth2017
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Saturday's #menusofaustin continues with Chicken Delight. "Now nationally famous". Any restaurants in Austin you remember enjoying and want to see represented? Have you collected menus during your adventures? Let us know and reach out if you want to contribute to this collection. [AR.1992.017] #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram #librariesofinstagram #austinlocal #austintexas

In 1925, Austin High School moved to 1212 Rio Grande Street, the former building of John T. Allan Junior High School which had relocated to 9th at Trinity Street. Constructed in 1916, the building still stands and serves as the Rio Grande Campus of Austin Community College. Did you ever go to school here? C00805 #AustinHistory #austinpubliclibrary #austintexas #austinlocal #archivesofinstagram
Stephen F. Austin High School (Austin, Texas)

Come see the Austin History Center at the community night spotlight at the Thinkery Museum for disability awareness month! We will be in keeping with our mission to procure, preserve, and present the historical records that make up Austin's unique story, will display photographs from our collection highlighting our community members with disabilities. These photographs will be something like this exterior view of the Texas school for the Deaf from 1946, C03762. #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #disabilityawarenessmonth #disabilityawareness #disabilitypride #austinlocal @thinkeryatx

Museum Day was pretty fun here at the Austin History Center! #Repost @txhistcomm (@get_repost)
Another Austin Museum Day top 20 pick. This great shot by @jwinstonthomas is at the @austinhistorycenter.

#OTD, 27 years ago in 1990, Otto Guiterrez Jr. tragically died when a brick wall suddenly dropped during the demolition of Metz Elementary School. Erected in 1916 the school had fallen into a state of disrepair. Home to primarily students of Mexican heritage the school’s condition had been a concern among the community for years. Pleas for the safety of the students by parents who had attended the school in their youth were finally answered when it was determined necessary to construct a new building.
Rumors of paranormal activity surrounded the demolition of the old school. Leading up to the tragedy workers had reported regular paranormal activity including the sounds of children at play, messages written on the chalkboards of vacant classrooms, and repeated issues with their machinery. A Catholic priest had even been brought to the site to offer his blessing. [C03826] #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archives #austinlocal #austintx #atx

Leonard Eck, originally from Germany, moved to Austin, Texas with his wife Francis and children in the late 1870s from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Upon arrival he purchased a jewelry and mercantile business from Sweeney and Combs and the family lived above the store at 101 East 6th Street. An advertisement from 1887 lists him as a "Collateral Broker". Later he had a business on 1200 South Congress Avenue, which, according to the November 27, 1938 American Statesman, was the first store building in South Austin. Pictured here is a bill of sale from our Leonard Eck Papers (AR.1992.023). #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #archivesofinstagram

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