Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hallow's Eve Event was a Great Success!

Yesterday mourners gathered at the French Legation on San Marcos Street to revisit the funeral of Dr. George W. Robertson. After a long illness Dr. Robertson succumbed on August 8, 1870, and his funeral was held at his home on the 9th.

"In public, as in private life, he was honest, and faithful to the trust, discharging his duty with fidelity and zeal. Having voluntarily cast his lot with the hardy pioneers on the frontier of the young Republic, he gave his time and talent to aid in building up the country, neglecting his own fortune. He was open-hearted, honest and genial, a kind husband, a good neighbor and true friend, and in his death Texas loses a good citizen."

Excerpt from Dr. Robertson's obituary, The Daily Austin Republican, August 10, 1870.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Oct 30, 2010 is Archeology Day!

Join us at the French Legation Museum as we celebrate archeology! On Saturday, October 30, gates will open at 1:00pm for this day of free fun and learning activities. Guests will enjoy free tours of the French Legation Museum, the oldest wood-frame structure in Austin and a Texas State Archeological Landmark. Hands-on activities include children's mock dig, meet & greet with Texas Historical Commission Archeological Stewards, Native American crafts, fun info and coloring sheets, and displays of archeological findings from the historic site.

FLM Honored by the City of Austin

On October 14, 2010, the French Legation Museum was honored by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department as a 2010 Partner in the Arts and Humanities. This award honors those "who have made significant contributions in support of the Cultural Affairs Division."

"The French Legation Museum has been selected to receive this honor for your generous loan of a three piece bedroom set originally from Joseph Hannig's furniture store on permanent loan to the Susannah Dickinson Museum." - Sara L Hensley, CPRP, Director, Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hallow's Eve at the Old French Legation

Yourself and family are respectfully invited to attend
the funeral of Dr. Joseph W. Robertson,
from his late residence the French Legation
on Friday, October 29, 2010, at 6 P. M.

Step back in time 140 years to attend the funeral of Dr. Joseph W. Robertson, which was held at the French Legation on August 10, 1870. Learn about Victorian mourning practices and superstitions surrounding death. On October 29, 2010, visitors will be given candlelight tours of the Legation and regaled with stories of memento mori, the reminders of death and loved ones. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the grounds. The gates of the French Legation will open at 6 P.M. with tours running every twenty minutes until 8 P.M. Entrance to this special evening event is $3. Children are free.

The French Legation historic home will be dressed in mourning throughout the month of October. The French Legation is open for tours from 1-5 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday. The final tour of the day begins at 4 P.M. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, and $3 for seniors.
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