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Alamo Campers Visit the DRT Library

July 24, 2009

Earlier this month, the DRT Library welcomed young people attending summer camp at the Alamo.

DRT Library Director Leslie Stapleton took campers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the library.

DRT Library Director Leslie Stapleton takes campers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the library.

During each of the two week-long sessions of camp, participants spent about an hour in the library working with staff members to learn about and use a variety of library and archival materials. Campers enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the library; researched their ancestors or famous Texans using online census records; examined an 1873 bird’s eye view map of San Antonio; and used city directories and other sources to learn about Texas artist Theodore Gentilz and the Hugo and Schmeltzer mercantile firm, which operated its business on the Alamo grounds in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Young people interested in learning about Texas history – particularly as part of a school assignment or National History Day project – are encouraged to visit the DRT Library and explore its library and archival materials. Check out the library’s website for more information.

Assistant Director Martha Utterback, bookkeeper Madalene Morgan, and Alamo museum educator Sherri Driscoll assist campers in closely examining an 1873 map of San Antonio.

Assistant Director Martha Utterback, Bookkeeper Madalene Morgan, and Alamo Museum Educator Sherri Driscoll (left to right) assist campers in closely examining an 1873 map of San Antonio.

Archivist Caitlin Donnelly and library assistant Lydia Cuellar assist campers in searching online census records.

Archivist Caitlin Donnelly, left, and Library Assistant Lydia Cuellar, right, help campers in searching online census records.

Cataloging librarian Beverly Ewald helps students use library materials to conduct research.

Cataloging Librarian Beverly Ewald helps students use library materials to conduct research.

Library Assistant Rusty Gamez showed campers reproductions of artwork by Theodore Gentilz.

Library Assistant Rusty Gamez shows campers reproductions of artwork by Theodore Gentilz.

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