The Friends of Archaeology have been meeting for over 20 years on the campus of the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Texas. The Friends was created by Edward A. Bader, CSB, a UST teacher of archaeology and art curator, to bring together those interested in archaeology, art history and ancient cultures. To help foster the Friends, Father Bader developed: art and archaeology exhibits, a distinguished lecture series, informal symposium meetings, tours around Houston and the Gulf area, an extensive library of archaeological research materials, and travel expeditions to archaeological sites around the world.
Following Father Bader’s death in 2007, the Friends' Board of Directors wholeheartedly agreed to form a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to continue the legacy of Father Bader’s work and to expand into other archaeological experiences. As a result, The Friends is now flourishing in many intellectual and convivial ways, as seen in the pages of this web site.