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national archive fort worth cultural district | The Fort Worth Busniess Press – Fort Worth, TX

January 24th, 2011

Once intended as an outpost of the Cultural District, the National Archive of Fort Worth has settled on a comparably high-profile location at nearby Montgomery Plaza – the better to make its family-research programs more accessible to the general populace.

The combination of a federal research center with a busy commercial district promises to restore the popular appeal of the National Archive, whose inconvenient warehouse location at the Federal Depot in southwest Fort Worth has seen a lapse in traffic since the 1990s.

Citing a need to regain prominence in a field now dominated by Internet-based genealogy reference sites, Regional Administrator Preston Huff says the West Seventh Street area should prove an ideal location. The National Archive will open during February – date to be announced – at 2600 W. Seventh Street.

The chief attraction remains the same – extensive microfilm files – but the location is expected to see a surge in visitors from the present-day low figure of approximately 1,000 people a year. Private Internet access to various genealogy sites has caused the drop from the standing-room crowds of the 1990s.

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