Residents of Brownsville and the surrounding area are invited to participate in a Brownsville History Harvest at the Brownsville Public Library Main Branch at 2600 Central Boulevard on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Families may bring historic photos, letters, diaries, and other documents. Staff and volunteers from the sponsoring organizations will scan paper items onsite and immediately return the owner’s original materials, along with a free digital copy.

The sponsoring organizations will also create and retain a digital copy in accordance with the owner’s approval. The History Harvest will create a community collection from the area’s families to document our local, regional, and national heritage. Start gathering your items now!

Texas-related films and videos can be dropped off at the Brownsville Public Library Main Branch from September 27 through October 4. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) will digitize these materials in Austin and return them by mail to the owners at no cost, along with a digital copy. To qualify for free digitization, participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive, a digital collection at TAMI also collects copies of already digitized Texas-related films.

Sponsoring local organizations include the Brownsville Public Library System, the Brownsville Historical Association, The University of Texas at Brownsville Library, and Texas Southmost College. Humanities Texas and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image will also sponsor the event.

The History Harvest is free and open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to attend.

Call 956.548.1055 x2125 or 956-541-5560 for more information, or see the Brownsville History Harvest listing on our calendar of events.