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AHCA in Action During COVID-19

In 1980 AHCA “founded” the Austin History Center and helped raise $1.8M (equal to$6.0M today) to save and refurbish the 1933 first permanent Central Library of Austin.In 2020, and especially in this time of national health emergency, AHCA is working hard to...

  • Ensure this historic, but tragic time for all, is documented for future generations–as the 1918 flu epidemic was–to help us understand and have hope.

  • Advocate for the prompt completion by 2022 of vital safety and code upgrades of the Faulk and History Center buildings by theCity so they can be re-purposed as a significant research and archival complex for the public ($19M secured for this work)

  • Be the leading organization in the annual capture of important oral histories of citizens of this era to be preserved in perpetuity

  • Support the acquisition of important official and family collections including millions of powerful images dating to the beginning of photography in the 19th Century

  • Maintain a publishing arm through ownership of Waterloo Press which has documented topics from Austin’s early medical history to the beginning of live theatre and much more

  • Bring to life less-remembered Austinites like Jacob Fontaine, Emmett White, Jane McCallum and many more who did impactful things dating to the founding of our improbable city

It takes $240,000 to operate AHCA each year. Your personal membership counts now more than ever!

“The Austin History Center is one of the premier local archives in the country.”

-Library Journal

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