I love to travel. Inevitably when I’m out and about, I make an effort to stick my head into historic buildings, especially libraries, for a quick peek. It’s always interesting to me what remains, the way its been altered, and how the space is being used. Unfortunately my daily work often keeps me in front of a computer rather than venturing off into the Hill Country to get a quick look at these treasures.
Today, with a welcomed invitation, I took a quick road trip to Comfort to learn more about the Comfort Heritage Foundation. The group and its collections are housed in the historic Comfort Bank Building caddy corner from the library, which was beautifully restored and the interior re-tasked for its new purpose. Upon entering I was immediately struck by its simultaneously pleasant and purposeful space. It contained a thoughtful mixture of display cases, drawers, and low shelves, containing artifacts, vertical files, guides, maps, bound newspapers, and numerous unpublished family histories. Information is available on both genealogy and historical research. A quick look at their materials showed a diligent volunteer staff who put an enormous amount of effort into its order and care. Since I was invited and the staff new my title, we got to “talk shop.” I so enjoy chatting with like-minded individuals!
If you happen to be in Comfort on the two days it is open (Tuesdays and Saturdays), swing by the old bank building and poke your head in. The volunteers will be happy to help you with research or just tell you about the building. Either way, it’s worth the stop.