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DRT Library Welcomes 1100 Visitors During Founders Day

November 3, 2011
Cataloging Librarian Beverly Ewald (left) talks to a family about a petticoat that belonged to Alamo survivor Angelina Dickinson.

Cataloging Librarian Beverly Ewald (left) talks to a family about a petticoat that belonged to Alamo survivor Angelina Dickinson.

“Love it!”

“Interesting.”

“Fantastic!”

Thank you.”

These are some of the enthusiastic comments we received from visitors who came through the DRT Library as part of San Antonio Founders Day. Held on the Alamo grounds and in Alamo Plaza on Saturday, October 22, 2011, Founders Day featured outdoor exhibitions and booths by more than forty-five area cultural heritage institutions and organizations. The displays, entertainment, and other activities all reflected the Founders Day mission of

honor[ing] the…cultural groups and outstanding individuals who shaped our San Antonio heritage and stimulat[ing] interest in reading and learning about our history and heritage in the context of the history of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Two visitors compare the original Daniel Cloud letter with a transcription of the document during the Library's Founders Day Open House.

Two visitors compare the original Daniel Cloud letter with a transcription of the document during the Library's Founders Day Open House.

For the third year in a row, the DRT Library held a day-long Open House in the reading room in conjunction with Founders Day. Since the Library has no permanent exhibit space, the event is one of a handful of times during the year that rare and unique treasures from the collections are on display.

Addressing the Founders Day mission, one exhibit featured documents related to Texas Declaration of Independence signers Jose Francisco Ruiz and Samuel Augustus Maverick; a letter written by Alamo defender Daniel William Cloud; Ernst Schuchard’s paintings of fresco details at Mission Concepción and frescoes on the facade of Mission San Jose; and items highlighting families and individuals in San Antonio’s German, Tejano, and Italian communities. A second exhibit included photographs, letters, and other materials – including a report card from 1880 – by, to, or about young people who lived in San Antonio or Texas during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The Open House brought approximately 830 people into the Library; visitors came from places across Texas, twenty-one other states, and four foreign countries.

One Open House exhibit highlighted materials that reflected the Founders Day theme.

One Open House exhibit highlighted materials that reflected the Founders Day theme.

The second Open House exhibit, "Kids in the Archives!"

The second Open House exhibit, "Kids in the Archives!"

In addition to the Open House, the Library also put together an outdoor exhibit that showcased (digital prints of) historical Alamo photographs in the Library’s collections. Approximately 270 people stopped by to check out the exhibit and ask questions about the materials on display.

The DRT Library's outdoor exhibit, "The Alamo Through Time," at Founders Day.

The DRT Library's outdoor exhibit, "The Alamo Through Time," at Founders Day.

The outdoor display.

The outdoor display.

Reference Librarian Chuck Tucker answers questions about the Alamo photographs.

Reference Librarian Chuck Tucker answers questions about the Alamo photographs.

We look forward to participating in Founders Day 2012!

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