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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

A PLEA FOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
The time has surely come when the people of Texas should take
more care in preserving the evidences of their own history. Every
day old landmarks are destroyed; every day valuable papers which
record the deeds and manner of living of early Texans are swept
into the rubbish pile and burned; and every day the newspapers
record the passing away of pioneer Texans in whose memory alone
was recorded certain valuable information of the days of our
fathers and grandfathers. So much is already irretrievably lost
that we should bestir ourselves to collect and preserve as much as
possible of what is left before it is too late.
To this end the undersigned committee was appointed by the
Texas State Historical Association at its meeting in May, 1923,
"to formulate an address to the citizens of each county in the
State of Texas, urging them to organize in their respective coun-
ties a County Historical Society to be affiliated with the Texas
State Historical Association."
In conformity with that resolution we wish to outline the ad-
vantages of such county organizations formed for the preserva-
tion of all historical facts and data relating to the county. The
relics, curios, Indian, ethnological, and geological specimens, can
form the nucleus for a future local museum; and the historical
data can be formulated into interesting and valuable monographs,
which will be of value not only to the local investigator and
future writer of county histories, but to the student and worker
in larger fields of endeavor, as a state history is necessarily made
up of the history of smaller units.
An important function of such an organization is to work up
papers to be read at the regular gatherings of the society. If, at
each meeting, several well prepared papers are presented, each
county organization can publish annually a pamphlet containing
the most valuable contributions of the year and thus permanently
preserve data which will be of inestimable value to the future
historian of the county. It goes without saying that the local
newspapers in each community will gladly publish any material
of value read before the County Historical Society.
There is a movement on foot all over Texas for the establish-

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/. Accessed May 4, 2015.