Welcome!

Born and raised in Tyler, I'm still a resident of the city known to many as "The Rose Capital of America". I've collected Tyler memorabilia for years and decided to share some of my collection through a series of websites. This feat will take quite a while, so please be patient. The feedback I've been getting has been very good, and I encourage you to please write with your comments and share your memories of Tyler.

Come back often and see Tyler's history unfold!


Happenings

An article appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on September 27, 2004, about my Tyler memorabilia collection. While my collection includes anything from Tyler, the staff writer focused more on my postcards and did a great job. Unfortunately, the online version of the article is no longer available on the newpaper's website.

I was visited at my home by David Allgood from Tyler's KLSB, Channel 19 (CBS), on October 8, 2004, for an "Allgood News" segment on their news. He called the interview a "timeless story", meaning that it did not need to be aired within a specific upcoming time frame. It finally aired during the 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm news on November 15, and during the 6:00 am news on November 16. The story turned out very well, and it showed a good cross section of the various types of items in my collection.

March 1, 2005: I was the speaker for the March meeting of the Smith County Historical Society, with the topic being my Tyler memorabilia collection. I displayed a cross section of my collection and gave a presentation on my website. I heard quite a few good Tyler stories afterwards from members.

I displayed a portion of my collection at the ribbon cutting for the restored Cotton Belt depot, back in July, 2003. The depot celebrated it's 100th anniversary on June 4, 2005, and I was asked to setup a display again for this event. The whole affair was great fun, and I was able to meet some "locals" who visit by website regularly.

Speaking again about the Smith County Historical Society, the Vice President of the Museum/Archives (in other words, the museum director) resigned in mid-2005, and I was elected to fill the position.

September 29, 2006: I had an enjoyable visit at my home with Randy Mallory, a freelance writer and photographer. Part of that interview, plus a photograph, are included in the article 'Wish You Were Here!' about Texas postcards that appeared in the January 2007 edition of Texas Highways magazine.

November 2007: The Smith County Historical Society held its annual officer elections at the November meeting. I will serve as President in 2008, leaving my previous office as Vice President of Museum/Archives.

March 4, 2008: I was the speaker for the March meeting of the Smith County Historical Society, with the topic being my first book.

August 28, 2008: I created a webpage for my book, Images of America: Tyler, which was released by Arcadia Publishing in February 2008. Click here to check it out!

January 2009: I'm now serving my second term as President of the Smith County Historical Society.

June 26, 2009: I created a webpage for my second book, Postcard History: Tyler, which was released by Arcadia Publishing in September 2009. Click here to check it out!

October 6, 2009: I was the speaker for the October meeting of the Smith County Historical Society, with the topic being my second book.

January 2010: I'm now serving my third term as President of the Smith County Historical Society.

March 31, 2010: I have reluctantly decided to end my third term as Smith County Historical Society President effective March 31, 2010. I have been serving as an officer for five years now. In addition to acting as President over the last portion of that time, I also took on the duties of newsletter editor and publicity director, and also arranged our guest speakers for two years. Needless to say, this all took a lot of time, which was difficult for I am employed full time and also wrote two books during that time frame! While I still support the Society and will remain a member, Iíve decided that my family is far more important. Iíve missed far too much time with my now six-year-old son, and my elderly mother, who also needs more time and help. I will always have a strong interest in local history, but I feel Iím making the right decision by scaling back my Society obligations to have more time for my family.

March/April 2010: Provided Tom Ramey III support as a Tyler historian for his development of the theme Tyler: Tapestry of Blessings for 2010 Texas Rose Festival. I thought the results of his work in October were fantastic!

April 2010: I created a Facebook version of Past Glimpses of Tyler, Texas. Click here to check it out!

October 2010: Is a third book coming? More soon...


Due to my various projects, website updates will be somewhat sporadic. I'll post more images and memories as time permits.


About My Books

Last Updated October 16, 2010

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Last Updated October 16, 2010

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Index of Collection Webpages


Visit the Tyler of days past through vintage postcards!


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Relive the Tyler of long ago through postal covers!


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A sneak preview of this upcoming webpage!


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Other webpages to be added in the future will cover more memorabilia, such as old match covers, as well as items from Camp Fannin!


Index of Special Interest Webpages



Read and share memories of Tyler!

Last Updated February 20, 2009

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A sneak preview of this upcoming webpage!


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Related Links


Past Glimpses of Tyler, Texas:  Facebook version
Facebook Version!

Arcadia Publishing

City of Tyler, Texas

Smith County TXGenWeb Project

Tyler, Texas Baseball Minor League History

Smith County Historical Society

East Texas Genealogical Society

Click for Tyler, Texas Forecast




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Don't bother me! I'm busy working!!!This webpage last updated on October 16, 2010, by R Reed

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