Saturday, March 20, 2010


SXSW Concert Visitor Alexandra Ramsey drew the lucky name...

And the winner is...


Congratulations, Deirdre... you have won a pair of ACL 3-Day Passes for the 2010 festival! Thank you to all who purchased tickets. We appreciate your support! All raffle proceeds benefit the French Legation Museum.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SXSW Important Information

Thank you to the many sxsw visitors who visited today. We appreciate your patience and respect! It was exciting to meet so many people who had never been to the Legation before. Welcome! Come again soon!

Some tips for the remaining sxsw events:
1. there is little/no parking near the venue; plan to walk or ride the bus
2. the French Legation Museum is a delicate historic site that requires the upmost respect
3. staff is on-hand to share this piece of history with you... don't be afraid to ask!
4. bring cash... there is no atm on-site nor in the immediate area
5. if events are full, gates will be closed... trespassers jumping over fences/walls will be arrested; there are many other great events on E. 11th Street if you aren't able to attend a FLM event

The following is prohibited at the French Legation Museum:
1. outside alcohol
2. illegal substances
3. trespassing
4. public urination or indecency
5. behavior endangering others
6. behavior endangering this important historic site
Anyone participating in prohibited activity will be escorted off of the property and/or reported to the police department. Please plan on a mellow event and bring your best manners. It will be more enjoyable for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon! For more information on the Lawn Party, contact Other Music and Dig for Fire. For more information on the Garden Party, contact Press Here Publicity. Thanks for your understanding. We appreciate you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Win 2010 ACL Passes - Raffle During sxsw!

October 8 - 10, 2010 @ Zilker Park

The French Legation Museum is raffling off TWO 3-DAY PASSES for ACL 2010! Stop by the Museum during sxsw events on Thursday 3/18 1-7pm, Friday 3/19 1-7pm, or Saturday 3/20 12-8pm to buy a ticket for $5.00 (or get five tickets for $20.00!).

100% of raffle proceeds will go to the French Legation Museum, site of the oldest home in Austin. FLM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit historic house museum.

Winners will be picked on Saturday night, 3/20/2010. You do not need to be present to win. We will see you here!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Census


March 2010: The 2010 Census Is Underway!

The 2010 Census is now underway throughout the United States and its territories. In March, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver questionnaires to every household on their route in time for "Census Day," April 1, 2010.

The census is required by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Since the first census in 1790, conducting an accurate count of the people living in the United States has been the foundation for our nation's representative government.

As you prepare for the arrival of your 2010 Census questionnaire, consider these facts about the history of census-taking in the United States:

•The first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President George Washington. At its conclusion, the U.S. population totaled approximately 3.9 million and the largest cities were New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Boston, MA.

•Following the abolishon of slavery in 1865, ex-slaves were named in the 1870 census for the first time. Before then, they were simply recorded numerically by age.

•The 1900 census included Hawaii (annexed in 1898) for the first time. Census takers counted approximately 154,001 inhabitants on the islands.

•The 1940 census collected information about the population and its housing. It was also the first decennial census to use advanced statistical sampling techniques. Sampling allowed the addition of a number of demographic questions without unduly increasing the overall burden on respondents and data processing.

•Census 2000 incoroporated a $167 million advertising campaign to reach every person living in the United States. This advertising contributed to a reversal in the decline of response rates experienced since the 1970 census.

The French Legation Museum and other histoy-related organziations use Census records to uncover the past. Without Census records, information about the nine African-Americans living on Robertson Hill as enslaved people would not have been uncovered. Just imagine: in 100 years, someone may be looking for YOU and will jump for joy seeing your name and information in the 2010 Census records... help our elected officials today and the historians of the future by completing your Census 2010 questionnaire next month.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

3/20 sxsw 2010 Garden Party

3/18 + 3/19 sxsw 2010 Lawn Party

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting

French Legation Museum Director Stephanie Jarvis will be in Dallas for the annual TSHA meeting this week. Her session, information and discussion about the French Legation Museum's connection to its community, will be held tomorrow at 9:00 am. For more information on TSHA and its programs, visit!

Marriott Quorum Hotel
3/4/2010 Session 01
9:00 a.m.
Preston Trail I
New Perspectives on Texas Historic Buildings and Sites, Gary Smith presiding,
Dallas Heritage Village

The Enslaved Presence on Robertson Hill, 1848–1865: Connections between a Historic
Site and the Larger Community
, Stephanie Jarvis, The French Legation Museum

The Ace of Clubs: An Architectural History of the Draughon-Moore House, Texarkana,
, Ashley Henderson, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Boisterous? Perhaps; Ludicrous? Perhaps Not: The Design of the Ellis and Wise County
, Chris Meister, Royal Oak, Michigan
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