Humanities Texas has completed its capital campaign for the purchase and restoration of the Byrne-Reed House. The successful endeavor has not only achieved the fundraising goal, it has also received extensive publicity and architectural acclaim. The building has been featured in several national magazines, including a cover story in Old House Journal, and has won ten architectural awards.
In December 2007, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $1 million challenge grant—NEH's largest single award in Texas—for the Byrne-Reed House purchase and restoration. The NEH grant required Humanities Texas to raise $3 million in matching funds.
Throughout the campaign Humanities Texas received several significant grants for the Byrne-Reed House restoration. The capital campaign also had full support and participation from the Humanities Texas Board of Directors. Both current and former Board members donated generously.
We are immensely grateful to these organizations and individuals who pledged support for this project. The funds raised underwrote each step of the restoration, from architectural research to the interior and exterior renovation.
National Endowment for the Humanities
$300,000 and above
Julius and Suzan Glickman
Jeanne and Michael Klein
Still Water Foundation
$100,000 to $299,999
Amon Carter Foundation | Brown Foundation, Inc. | Fleming Endowment
Nancy Cain Marcus | Scurlock Foundation | Summerlee Foundation
T. L. L. Temple Foundation
$25,000 to $99,999
Harlan R. Crow - Crow Holdings, LLC | Dian Graves Owen Foundation | H-E-B
Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Sr. | Houston Endowment, Inc.
The Eugene McDermott Foundation | Mincberg Charitable Foundation | Bettye Nowlin
Perkins-Prothro Foundation | Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant,
Texas Historical Commission | The Tobin Endowment
$10,000 to $24,999
T. J. Brown and C. A. Lupton Foundation, Inc. | Frost National Bank
Rita Reed George | Michael L. and LeAnn Gillette
Gregorios Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
Hoblitzelle Foundation | The Inge Foundation | Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin
Robert and Peggy Kruckemeyer | Janie and Cappy McGarr
Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation | William A. and Madeline Welder Smith Foundation
Ellen and Buddy Temple | John Thornton | Frances B. Vick | Vick Family Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999
Eleanor Butt Crook | Maceo and Sondra Dailey | Elinor and Ben Donnell
Virginia and John Dudley | Laura Reed Dyke | Ruth Reed Dyke Family
Mary Margaret and Ray Farabee | Laura and Tom Green
Joy Ann, Bob, Barrett, and Blake Havran | The Hoglund Foundation | Jastrow Foundation
Dorothea Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas
Nicholas and Louella Martin Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas
Noëlle and Peyton Paulette | Karen and Thomas Byrne Reynolds | Judy and Henry Sauer
Max and Gene Alice Sherman | Mary Volcansek and Harry Antrim | Bill and Alice Wright
Learn more about the capital campaign in detail.
Humanities Texas is establishing an endowment to support the organization and the Byrne-Reed House. As federal and state funds diminish, Humanities Texas must do more with less while the population of Texas continues to grow. An endowment will secure the future of the organization and its programs. Every dollar will be an investment in nurturing an informed, educated citizenry and promoting the understanding and appreciation of the state’s varied cultures.
Donations can be made online via PayPal.