This morning Val and I attended the monthly meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution. We had quite an adventure just trying to find a place to park. The entrance to the DAR parking lot at the rear of the Woman’s Club is on Nueces Street but that option was closed to us because of construction. We finally found a place to park on 7th Street. Since we didn’t know how long the meeting would last, I paid for the maximum time of five hours on my VISA card ($5.00). (Val reimbursed me for half of it.) Then we had a laborious trek up a steep hill to get to the club house. It’s a good thing we had gotten an early start. We entered the building through the service entrance.
Our program was presented by Mike Miller, the chief archivist at the Austin History Center. The Center houses the local history collection of the Austin Public Library. It is located next door to the main library on Guadalupe Street. Their collection consists of the traditional library materials (books, local government documents, city directories and yearbooks), clippings files; 1000+ maps of Austin and Travis County from the mid-1800s to the present; 3000+ titles of current and defunct periodicals; 3000 linear feet of records and papers of city and county departments, families, civic organizations and businesses; 35,000 architectural drawings and documents from over 150 local architectural firms; recordings collection (oral histories, music, video tapes, etc.); and over a million photographs. Phew!! They are bursting at the seams. (www.austinhistorycenter.org)
On the way back to the car I took time to get a few photos of the front and side of the building, which I normally do not see.