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Welcome to ETHA

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 meetingspublications, 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.


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Call for Papers

The East Texas Historical Association invites proposals for papers and sessions for its 2021 annual fall meeting, to be held in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the Fredonia Hotel from October 8 & 9, 2021.

Topics that cover all aspects of East Texas' regional heritage and history receive some preference, but any proposal that deals with Texas history is welcome. The Association prefers the submission of complete sessions (presider and three presenters or presider/commentator and two presenters), but individual submissions are also encouraged.

The Association also conducts a competition for the best student session.  The winners receive the Portia Gordon Best Student Session Award, and the criteria includes quality of writing, scholarship, and contribution to East Texas history.

Call for Papers for the 2021 Fall Meeting Form:  Call for Papers Oct 2021 Mtg - Form (003).pdf   or word file: Call for Papers -FORM Oct 2021 Mtg.docx

Student Call for Papers for the 2021 Fall Meeting FormETHA program_STUDENT OCT 2021worksheet form.docx



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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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.





New Publications

Never Without Honor: Stories of Courage in Tribute to Ben H. Procter 
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Making East Texas, East Texas: Selections From the East Texas Historical Journal
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East Texas Historical Association
P.O. Box 6223
SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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