Dear Portal friends: Do you enjoy having history at your fingertips? We’ve appreciated your support over the years, and need your help to keep history alive. Here’s the deal: we’ve received a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Now it’s time to keep our word and raise matching funds for the Cathy Nelson Hartman Portal to Texas History Endowment. If even half the people who use the Portal this month give $5, we’d meet our $1.5 million goal immediately! All donations are tax-deductible and support Texas history: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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Friench Simpson Memorial Library

About this Partner

The French Simpson Memorial Library is a 20,000 volume library and member of the South Texas Library System. The photograph collection at the Friench Simpson Memorial Library is the largest and most complete collection of historic photographs of Lavaca County. Many of the photographs were taken by Henry Jacob Braunig. Recognized as one of the premier photographers in Texas, Braunig established his permanent studio in Halletsville in 1887 and continued taking photographs until his death in 1945.

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Name: Brenda Lincke Fisseler
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Friench Simpson Memorial Library
705 E. Fourth Street
Halletsville, TX 77964-2828

Phone: 361-798-3243
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