Cypress Historical Society

Organization opens new research library

Cypress residents who have questions about genealogy or who own a large collection of old family photographs may find use in a new research library run by the Cypress Historical Society.

The organization hosted its fourth annual picnic July 7, which also served as a grand opening for the facility located at Cypress Top Historic Park. The library houses several volumes of donated photographs, newspaper clippings, family names and other documents that tell the history of the area, from local businesses to schools to families.

"People can come in and look up their genealogy, or find out how to do it," said Jim Sigmund, researcher with CHS. "One difference in having a building is that now people are confident that if they donate their items, they will be preserved."

The CHS has collected information on families who settled in the Cypress area, even before the Texas Revolution in the 1830s, Sigmund said. Information from newspaper articles and historical documents can be found on several of the better-known families of the area such as the Juergens and the Weisers.

"We also try to photograph old homes before they are torn down so we can document those," Sigmund said. "Or if we find an old house that's been restored, we take a picture and try to find one of the same building 100 years ago."

Cy-Fair ISD is also represented in the research library, with photographs and articles about the district's earlier days.

The library was built through Harris County Precinct 3 Steve Radack's office to give Cypress residents a closer venue to research the area's history.

"The Harris County Historical Commission is huge, but it's located downtown so it's just not local enough," Sigmund said. "This is a place for northwest Harris County residents to put their memories, share stories and donate pictures."

Gene and Delphine Zaboroski previously owned the land on which the library sits, but they donated it to Harris County to be preserved as Cypress Top Historic Park, Sigmund said. The Zaboroskis are part of the Juergen family, which ran a general store and saloon at the site of the park for more than 100 years.

The CHS—now a nonprofit organization—formed in 2008 as a group of volunteers who restored the property, which is now known as Cypress Top Park.

The research library is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from mid-morning after the organization's monthly board meeting to 4 p.m.

Cypress Historical Society library, 26026 Hempstead Road, Cypress, cypresshistoricalsociety.com

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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