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Welcome, Alamo Campers!

July 30, 2010
Library Assistant Lydia Cuellar helps campers find their ancestors in census records.

Library Assistant Lydia Cuellar helps campers find their ancestors in census records.

Each July for the past several years, the DRT Library has welcomed young people attending summer camp at the Alamo. During each of the two week-long sessions of camp, participants spend over an hour one morning with staff members, learning about and exploring a variety of library and archival materials. This year, campers

  • enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the library;
  • saw some treasures from the collections, such as one of the Library’s two original copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence;
  • 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.
DRT Library Director Leslie Stapleton shows students one of the nearly 40,000 photographic images in the Library's collections.

DRT Library Director Leslie Stapleton shows students one of the nearly 40,000 photographic images in the Library's collections.

Reference Librarian Chuck Tucker works with campers as they get a closer look at an 1873 map of San Antonio.

Reference Librarian Chuck Tucker works with campers as they get a closer look at an 1873 map of San Antonio.

Kids and students who are interested in Texas history, want to investigate their family’s history, or have a school assignment or National History Day project are encouraged to visit the DRT Library. Librarians are available to help with research, and a variety of primary and secondary sources – including books as well as maps, photographs, archival collections, and other materials – are available to be used. Can’t make it to the Library? Submit a research question to drtl@drtl.org or call (210) 225-1071; check out the library’s website for more information, including resources especially for K-12 students; or explore the Library’s digital collection of Texas materials here at “Inside the Gates.” We’re here to help!

Cataloging Librarian Beverly Ewald shows students a reproduction of a Theodore Gentilz painting.

Cataloging Librarian Beverly Ewald shows students a reproduction of a Theodore Gentilz painting.

Archivist Caitlin Donnelly, with back to camera, and Library Assistant Lydia Cuellar help campers search online census records.

Archivist Caitlin Donnelly, with back to camera, and Library Assistant Lydia Cuellar help campers search online census records.

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