WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB
It is doubtful if all members of the Association have become
acquainted with the activities of the Junior Historians. The
organization was founded three years ago, and last year began
the publication of The Junior Historian, a magazine unique in
the history of American periodicals. Its uniqueness lies in the
fact that practically all the articles in it are written by young
people of high school age. Up to the present time forty-four
chapters of Junior Historians have been formed in the high
schools of Texas, and others are in the process of formation.
The Junior Historian program is the only phase of the activities
of this Association that has continued to grow under the im-
pacts of the war.
It is doubtful if young people could sustain by their own
writings a magazine of art, literature, or science. Their knowl-
edge of these subjects is not sufficient for the purpose. They
can maintain a high standard of achievement when Writing
about their own communities. The Junior Historians do just
that. For example, there is in Fort Worth a boot-making estab-
lishment whose products are known wherever American boots
are worn. Jean Justin of the Paschal High School in Fort
Worth wrote the history of Joe Justin, who came to Texas in
1877 and established the name of the Justins as bootmakers.
Julia Gill of Henderson High School has likewise told of the
settlement at Harmony Hill in Henderson County.
The Junior Historian movement was launched as an experi-
ment in Texas youth, an experiment based on confidence in the
ability of young people. The experiment is now far enough
along to warrant a final decision. Does the Association desire
to continue the organization? Six issues of the magazine will
be published this year. The printing cost will be approximately
$600, or $100 an issue, and this cost will probably increase.
Income from subscriptions has not been sufficient to cover this
cost, and probably will not be for several years. Should the
Association continue to support the Junior Historian movement?
The Junior Historian movement needs a lease on life for about
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed May 24, 2016.