Saturday, February 26, 2011

Save the Date! Summer Camp is Coming!

Junior Docent Camp (Ages 12-17) June 27- July 1, 2011

History on the Hill (Ages 6-11) July 18-22 and August 1-5, 2011

Check back next week for more details on
both of these exciting summer opportunities.

SXSW Dig For Fire/ Other Music Line Up Announced

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Exhibit at Kerrville's Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library through March

To celebrate Texas History Month, the ladies of the Joshua D. Brown Chapter of The Daughters of The Republic of Texas worked with the French Legation Museum to install an exhibit about the FLM in the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library in Kerrville, TX. On display through March, the exhibit highlights the history of the French Legation from its completion in 1841 to our current preservation project.
Left to Right: GayNell Wells, Nancy McLarry, Laura Lucera, all members of the FLM Committee and the Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the DRT. For more info and directions to the library visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

2/25/2011 EUO presents Georgette!

Evening Under the Oaks, the French Legation Museum's fundraising concert series, kicks off the 2011 season with local favorites Georgette on Friday, February 25,2011.

Admission is just $3.00 for this outdoor event. Gates open at 6:30 for b.y.o.b picnics (don't forget to bring a chair or blanket). Music begins at 7:00 in the evening. 100% of proceeds benefit the museum (so don't forget to tip your musicians).

Relax and enjoy an evening of acoustic indie folk with Georgette under the stars. To sample their music and learn more about the band visit Explore East Austin after the concert and discover new cultural adventures during East End Fourth Fridays.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Restoring the French Legation Part 1

Chris from Volz and Associates stopped by last week with several potential bidders, including Texas Construction Company (pictured), to walk through the restoration of the French Legation.

Several obstacles were pointed out by the different contractors, but one of the contractors had actually worked on the house during the 1983 restoration and remembered working with the canvas on the ceiling at the north end of the house.

Obstacle Number 1. Two Red Comet Fire Extinguishers potentially full of hazardous Carbon Tetrachloride. These early twentieth-century grenade style fire extinguishers are still mounted to the rafters in the attic, and must be taken down prior to the restoration of the roof.

Obstacle Number 2. Joist Irregularity. The joists supporting the cedar shakes on the roof are all of different widths and are spaced irregularly. Joists that have to be replaced will need to be measured and cut almost on an individual basis. This will slow the work on the roof considerably, and may make it necessary for an extra carpenter to be on site to cut the joists to size.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Museum and grounds closed today due to weather and road conditions. Museum will open again tomorrow at 1pm for regular hours.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

La Fête de la Fleur d'Austin

The Daughters of The Republic of Texas, Custodians of
The French Legation Museum
would be honored by your presence
Friday, Februaruy 11, 2011, at 6:30 PM for
"La Fête de la Fleur d' Austin"
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

This one of a kind dinner will benefit the Fleur d'Austin, the French Legation Museum. In its 170th year, this Grand Lady needs help to stop the physical deterioration that is threatening her existence. Funds raised at this event will aide in the restoration of the Legation so that she can continue to serve as an educational and cultural beacon for decades to come!
Please Select Your Menu
  • Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, butter poached asparagus, sautéed new potatoes cayenne scented chicken stock reduction
  • Sautéed Rainbow Trout Filet, leek fondue, and green beans served with brown butter lemon and capers
  • Filet Mignon topped with Béarnaise, potatoe puree, spinach, and glazed vegetables
Menu includes hors d'oeurves, soup, salad, desert and a wide selection of beer and wine.

Tickets are $100 each. They include an elegant 5 course meal with drinks and automatic registration for participation in the live auction. Tables can be sponsored starting $1000. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required. Cocktail attire.

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