1987 BRIT incorporates as a non-profit organization to house the Southern Methodist
University Herbarium, consisting of 450,000 specimens, and its botanical library
with 75,000 volumes from the personal collections of Lloyd H. Shinners, one of the
most influential Texas botanists of the 20th century. BRIT occupies 11,500 square
feet on two floors of a turn-of-the-century warehouse in downtown Fort Worth,
1991 BRIT opens to the public.
1993 Dr. Sohmer joins BRIT.
1997 Vanderbilt University donates its herbarium of over 360,000 specimens to BRIT.
2001 BRIT acquires the Houston Public Museum (HPM) Herbarium.
2002 BRIT acquires the Dartmouth College (HNH) Herbarium.
2003 BRIT acquires the Heber W. Youngken, Jr. Collection of Medicinal Plants (MCP).
2005 Fort Worth City Council votes unanimously to give BRIT a lease on the land
adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
2005 BRIT’s herbarium contains 995,000 plant specimens, and its library houses 93,000
volumes of books and journals.
2009 December 14, BRIT holds groundbreaking ceremonies for its new headquarters.
2010 BRIT’s herbarium contains 1,050,000 plant specimens and its library houses
125,000 volumes of books and journals.
2011 February, BRIT staff moves into its new building.
2011 May 21, BRIT holds its grand opening event for the public.