Resources

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The following are links to valuable organizations, institutions, and resources for heritage tourists, researchers, genealogists, and donors.

Austin Museum Partnership | www.austinmuseums.org
The Neill-Cochran House Museum is a proud member of the Austin Museum Partnership, a unique consortium of institutions including art and science museums, historic sites, and natural habitats.

Texas Governor’s Mansion | www.txfgm.org
The Neill-Cochran House (1855) was built between the groundbreaking (1854) and the completion (1856) of the Governor’s Mansion, which was also constructed by Abner Cook. As the Governor’s Mansion recovers from the devastating fire of June 2008, the Neill-Cochran House Museum offers a comparative tour, pointing out similarities and differences between the two historic Greek Revival structures. The Mansion’s new website offers updates, activities, a virtual tour, and more. An informative and entertaining book entitled The Texas Governor’s Mansion is available in the NCHM gift shop.

Preservation Organizations

Daughters of the Republic of Texas | www.DRT-texas.net
Dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory and spirit of those who achieved the Independence of Texas; with authority delegated by the State of Texas, the DRT is the custodian of the Alamo (San Antonio) and the French Legation (Austin), ancient structures maintained as museums solely by gifts and efforts of the DRT.

Heritage Society of Austin | www.heritagesocietyaustin.org
The Heritage Society of Austin’s mission is to promote the recognition and experience of Austin’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic treasures and places. Their motto, “Restore, Preserve, Protect Austin” pertains to architecture, neighborhoods, documents and all aspects of the history of Texas’ capital city.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America | www.nscda.org
Dedicated to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects, NSCDA, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 44 corporate societies with over 15,000 members. Dumbarton House, a Federal period museum in Washington, D.C., serves as headquarters, and the lineage society’s website lists information about properties throughout the U.S. owned or managed by Colonial Dames.

National Trust for Historic Preservation | www.preservationnation.org
Official site includes user-friendly access to information on historic sites, heritage tourism, and historic hotels in the U.S.  The organization’s conference will be held in Austin in October 2010. The site offers a complete list of the 30 Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites).

Preservation Texas | www.preservationtexas.org
This statewide nonprofit organization is dedicated to advocacy for and education about historic preservation.

Sons of the Republic of Texas | www.srttexas.org
Dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved the independence of Texas, the SRT encourage historical research into the earliest records of Texas, keeping alive important events and places where history was made and promoting the development of interest in all levels of community.

Information Sources

ACCESS – Austin Collaborative of Cultural and Educational Sites and Schools | www.austinaccess.org

National Council for Preservation Education | www.ncpe.org
Information for anyone considering a preservation career offering guides to academic programs, jobs, and internships in preservation.

Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin | www.cah.utexas.edu
The headquarters for the Center are located in an Abner Cook building near IH-35 and Martin Luther King Blvd. while the collection is housed in the Sid Richardson Building of U.T.  Researchers will find a major collection of ephemera, photographs, and artifacts at the CAH along with changing exhibits.

Handbook of Texas | www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online
Available in hard-copy sets or online, this multidisciplinary encyclopedia, published by the Texas State Historical Association, offers a vast amount of information on Texas history, geography, and culture.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission | www.tsl.state.tx.us
This state agency offers a treasure trove for researchers at all levels and celebrates its centennial in 2009.