The Daughters of the Republic of Texas currently provide educational programs on Texas history for children of all ages and other special groups, in a building located in North Austin near the overpass at the intersection of U. S. Highway 183 and Interstate Highway 35. This is also the site of its daily business operations and The Republic of Texas Museum. Originally commercial in nature, the building was not designed as a museum. It is difficult for visitors to locate, and does not have adequate parking for school buses and larger numbers of visitors.
The French Legation grounds on historic Robertson Hill have been managed since 1949 by the Daughters of The Republic of Texas, and as a musem since 1956. The site is centrally located near downtown Austin at 802 San Marcos Street. A new building called the Republic of Texas history Center will be constructed on adjacent property. The Center will house the DRT Business Office and Republic of Texas Museum. It will be designed in keeping with the historic nature of the location. In addition, some existing spaces will be rearranged for improved public access, and more parking will be provided.
The Republic of Texas History Complex will contain new and existing areas:
- Vistor Center, including a Viewing Theatre
- Republic of Texas Museum (relocated)
- French Legation Museum
- Gift Shop
- Children's Interactive Museum (relocated)
- Business Office (relocated)
- State-of-the-Art Texas Family Research Center
- Meeting and Conference Accommodations
- Expanded Parking
- To perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.
- To provide educational programs of the highest caliber in close cooperation with school districts, as well as ongoing educational programs for the general public.
- To encourage research into early Texas records, preserve historic documents, and encourage the publication of historic records.
- To secure and memorialize historic sites.
You can help. A Vision for the 21st Century's budget is $9.5 million. Of this amount, approximately $1 million will be provided from the sale of the DRT's North Austin building and charitable donations, already made. This leaves $8.5 million to raise to attain their Vision. Included are funds for land acquisition, construction, reprogramming exhibits, and endowment for long-term maintenance. Name recognition will be available for donors of $10,000 and more. For more information, contact Lana Boussidan, DRT Administrator at 512-339-1997.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Campaign
510 East Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78752