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    The Czech Heritage Society of Texas Library and Archives For the new members and those who may not have read earlier reports on The Czech Heritage Society of
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2003
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      The Czech Heritage Society of Texas Library and Archives


      For the new members and those who may not have read earlier reports on The Czech Heritage Society of Texas Library and Archives, here is a brief history of the project. Over the years there have been intermittent discussions about the establishment of a CHS library, genealogy research center and archives as stated in the original CHS Constitution drafted by founder Albert Blaha.

      After many years of collecting and storing books and archive materials, a public location was found and an agreement was made between CHS and CHS Harris County Chapter to commence with the project of establishing a library with each entity paying half the expenses.

      It has been nearly three years since Harris County Chapter volunteers started work on the building.  The library has been in operation since February of 2001. Thanks to the generous contributions of time, items, fixtures and money, we are continuing to function well, offering CHS members and the public research and reading material on Czech genealogy, history, and culture. The need to get CHS books and materials in a public setting accessible and available to our members and the community has been fulfilled.  On a small scale, we have accomplished founder Albert Blaha's goal of having a Czech Heritage Society of Texas Library and a place to collect information and data according to his wishes and hopes for The Czech Heritage Society of Texas.

      Visitors to the library include those researching their ancestors, students working on school projects, and groups holding meetings.  Czech language classes have been held and Czech films have been shown.  The Traveling Genealogy Research Library and staff coordinated by Jackie Marek has gone from Corpus Christi to Ennis and points in between.  A Traveling Cultural Library has been loaned for exhibit to Brazos Valley Chapter CHS.  Various collections of books are available to loan to other CHS Chapters who wish to take advantage of the option.

      Thanks to a monetary donation from The Institute of Texan Cultures, the library has acquired Census Records on CD along with a state of the art computer for reading and printing. Family Tree Maker is available on computer for those who do not have this resource for writing a family tree.

      CHS is continuing to collect and is accepting donations of family histories, research material and books on all Czech subjects.  CHS is assembling lists of library collections of CHS Chapters and other library collections to be used as research references.

      We invite all to visit The Czech Heritage Society of Texas Library to tour, browse, research or work on your family history.  The current hours of operation are every first and third Tuesday of each month from 3 PM to 7 PM and every Wednesday from 10 AM to 1 PM.  You may also visit by appointments made in advance.  4117 Willowbend, Houston, Texas, 77025. 

      Phone 713-349-0500 or toll free 1-866-293-2443.

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