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Bandera Public Library

The Bandera Public Library serves Bandera County, providing library services to a population of just over 20,000. Situated in the county seat of Bandera, the library maintains membership as a Lone Star Digital Library to support digital downloads of reading materials for its patrons. The library received a 2014 Tocker Foundation grant to digitize its community newspaper on The Portal to Texas History.

Joined: November 2015.

Bartlett Activities Center and the Historical Society of Bartlett

Bartlett Activities Center and the Historical Society is located in Bartlett, Texas on the border between Williamson and Bell counties. The town was founded when the Katy Railroad started their survey in 1881 and soon after became a major shipping point for cotton. By 1890 it was a thriving town and had two weekly newspapers.

Joined: February 2011.

Bastrop Public Library

Bastrop is located 30 miles southwest of downtown Austin and saw its first library established in 1852. The Bastrop Public Library as it stands today is the product of numerous renovations and expansions over the years and contains a wealth of resources relating to genealogy, the history of the town, and much more. The Tocker Foundation provided funds to the Bastrop Public Library.

Joined: February 2012.

Baylor County Free Library

The Baylor County Free Library is located in Seymour and makes available services to residents within the town and throughout the county. It provides access to print and electronic resources, Internet access and training, exhibits, and events. The Friends of the Seymour Library Group, formed in 1969, assists the library in multiple capacities as this important county institution serves the local population.

Joined: February 2015.

Bee County Historical Commission

Bee County, located in the Rio Grande plain in South Central Texas, grew out of early settlement of the area by Irish and Mexican settlers. During the 19th century, the area relied on cattle ranching, an economic boon that continues to this day. In 1954 the U.S. Navy opened an all-jet base that is now known as Chase Naval Air Station in the county seat of Beeville. Bee County's history has been preserved through the work of the Commission as well as the Rescuing Texas History Project.

Joined: February 2010.

Bell/Whittington Public Library

The Library is located in the Coastal Bend of Texas and serves the area free of charge. They are dedicated to the free and open access of materials, programs and services and providing these services in a friendly, timely and efficient manner to all citizens equally. Notable contributions of the Library include images of the 1919 hurricane and photos of a President Taft's visit to a local ranch in 1909.

Joined: July 2010.

Bellaire Historical Society

The Society's purpose is to preserve, maintain, restore and display designated historical landmarks, natural beauty, documents, artifacts, records of persons active in the history of the City of Bellaire and any other objects distinctive of this history; all to the end that it may be a fitting memorial to those citizens and individuals who contributed so greatly of their money, zeal and time in making the Bellaire Community a great place to live.

Joined: April 2014.

Beth-El Congregation Archives, Fort Worth

The Archives are dedicated to preserving memorabilia from the past and present pertaining to the Beth-El Congregation, a Fort Worth reform synagogue as well as its its members, activities, and the involvement of Jews in the local community. The Archives document the history of the local Jewish community dating back to the late 1850s.

Joined: March 2009.

Bosque County Historical Commission

The Commission is the official organization for carrying out the State preservation program at the local level. Their purpose is to preserve, mark, and encourage appreciation of the history in Bosque County. Among the materials they preserve are photos of early businesses and citizens, maps, and documents from Texas land agent and colonizer, Jacob De Cordova

Joined: May 2009.

Botanical Research Institute of Texas Library

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing. BRIT shares knowledge about the plant world to enhance life for people and all living things. BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.

Joined: October 2016.

Bowie Public Library

The Bowie Public Library has existed since around 1920, when it was started by Bowie's Thursday Club and in 1966 the first library board was organized. In 1972, the library memorialized a local public school teacher by renaming the building the Faye Ruth Shaw Memorial Library. The library continues to serve residents of Bowie and greater Montague County through materials and various programs.

Joined: November 2015.

Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum

The National Scouting Museum maintains a collection that chronicles the collective history of the Boy Scouts of America, and documents related organizations throughout the world. Ranging in scope from fine art to merit badges, the Museum's collections are used for exhibitions, research, and education.

Joined: December 2012.

Boyce Ditto Public Library

Located in Mineral Wells, the Library holds over 50,000 materials and is dedicated to providing free access and services for the community in a friendly and professional manner. Because of the work of the Boyce Ditto Public Library, residents of Palo Pinto County have access to books, online resources, events, and much more.

Joined: May 2009.

Breckenridge Library

The Breckenridge Library is a part of the Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Foundation. It is a private library providing public services to Breckenridge, Stephens County and the surrounding area. The library occupies over 7500 square feet and containing more than 27,000 titles, staffed by two employees and many volunteers.

Joined: January 2010.

Brown County Museum of History

Begun in 1982, the museum has served as the main historical entity for preserving the county’s history, making its mission the preservation and protection the history of this region. Run by a volunteer board, it operates under the oversight of a state-mandated county Historical Commission. By keeping the history of this area alive it tells its part of the American story – representing the history of the first Native American inhabitants, early pioneers, World War II and the 20th Century.

Joined: August 2015.

Burleson Public Library

Since 1971, when the Burleson Public Library opened its doors in the historic Renfro-Clark House in Burleson, it has sought to serve as a vital community center that provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information and engage in educationally beneficial activities.

Joined: July 2016.

Burnet County Historical Commission

The Burnet County Historical Commission provides a variety of documents, photographs, negatives, and books that represent Burnet County from its founding in the 19th century up to the 20th century. The commission strives to preserve, protect and promote history within the county. It makes recommendations and placements for historical markers; provides recommendations for property acquisitions of historical significance; accepts artifacts and other museum items in the name of the county; and supports programs of the Texas Historical Commission.

Joined: March 2012.

Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library

The Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library and Kerr Regional History Center serve as the primary information and resource centers for the city of Kerrville and the surrounding area. The library currently houses approximately 50,000 resources that are available to the public. The library and the history center also provide access to the interment and online databases including Ancestry.com, Newspaper Archive, and Family Search.

Joined: September 2016.