Founded in 1962 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, the East Texas Historical Association is committed to the preservation and enhancement of East Texas' great historical heritage and welcomes all who share our vision and interests.
Through our meetings, publications, and other efforts, the Association attempts to discover, collect, and preserve historical records, manuscripts, letters, journals, maps, pictures, and other materials related to East Texas history; to encourage the preservation of buildings of historical interest and architectural worth; and to publish and make known the rich history with which this part of Texas is endowed.
Upcoming 2022 ETHA Spring Symposium will be February 5, 2022 in Carthage, Texas at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The theme of the gathering will be “Texas Music”. More information soon to come.
Membership in the association is available at various levels and subscription costs, suitable for the individual or for institutions interested in the heritage of East Texas and its preservation for future generations. All members receive the East Texas Historical Journal, published each fall and spring.
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ETHA Membership Mail In Form: ETHA MEMBERSHIP FORM-MAIL IN.pdf
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Since 1971 the Association has established new programs to encourage the study of East Texas history and to honor those who do so. To learn more about any of our programs, please visit our Awards page.
C. K. Chamberlain Award honors the article judged (by a panel of peers) the best to appear in the East Texas Historical Journal within a year.
Ralph W. Steen Award honors those who have served the Association through activities primarily other than writing.
Lucille Terry Historical Preservation Award, also sponsored by the Texas Forestry Museum, honors outstanding works of historical preservation of landmarks in East Texas.
Archie P. McDonald Scholarship is awarded annually at the ETHA Fall meeting to Students who are history majors, with preference to those specializing in Texas history, especially East Texas history.
Ottis Lock Endowment Awards honors outstanding teaching, the best book on East Texas each year and research grants for those who study East Texas historical topics; A number of research grant awards are made annually, usually in amounts of $500 to $1000.
L. Patrick Hughes Legacy Award, which includes an honorarium to fund further work, is designed to honor those organizations that have, over time, demonstrated a continuing interest in the preservation and promotion of regional heritage through a variety of programs.
Temple-Vick Award, the best book on East Texas Women's History. Named for Ellen Temple and Fran Vick, two phenomenal East Texas women, is an annual award given to the best anthology and the best monograph about women in Texas. We are pleased to announce that it will be given for the first time this October in Nacogdoches.
We hope that you will enjoy the East Texas Historical Association and be inspired to uncover more about the history and heritage of this special part of the great State of Texas. If you share our interest in East Texas history, we invite you to join us. Visit our membership page to begin your membership. Or register for one of our conferences.
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