birdsong local history

Birdsong is a digital archive of the history of Northeast Tarrant County curated and hosted by the North Richland Hills Library. Birdsong's mission is to collect, preserve, and share historical photos and documents that record our region's story through the lens and voices of its residents.

Explore our region's past and present through online exhibits, photos, and documents that tell the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped our local history.

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Black and white portrait of Jim Cavender sporting a large mustache and hat.

Featured Exhibit: Murder on Birdville Hill

A farmer slain and discarded under a pile of oats, multiple suspects, multiple motives, one crime never solved... What happened?

“Jim Cavender,” NRHTXHistory, accessed June 9, 2021,

A gathering at the mustard jar

Browse Items or Collections

Currently, the Birdsong database has over 500 items to browse that chronicle life in Northeast Tarrant County. Visitors can browse items individually, or focus on groups of connected items through the collection feature. Collections include items such as 35mm film from the Mid Cities Daily New and Written family histories originally collected for the book "The history of North Richland Hills.

“A Gathering at The Mustard Jar,” NRHTXHistory, accessed July 28, 2020,

Tongan Dancer

Share Your Story

The North Richland Hills Library gladly accepts donations of personal collections relating to the history of Northeast Tarrant County. We are very interested in documenting all aspects of our region’s history, including the lives of Native Americans, African-Americans, Latinx, and other ethnic/cultural groups.

Accepted Items: Photographs, posters, programs, pamphlets, records of clubs and organizations, histories of churches, businesses, and organizations, family documents, and oral history recordings.

Tongan Dancer,” NRHTXHistory, accessed July 28, 2020,