The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 75
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A Plea for County Historical Societies
ment of museums, and this museum work can be carried forward
by the County Historical Society.
It is not intended that this movement should in any way con-
flict with any existing local historical society. Where city or re-
gional societies are already well established, such as the Dallas
Historical Society, or the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, and
where for local reasons the existing institution seems more desirable
than a new county society, no change should be attempted. But
it seems highly desirable that these established organizations be
brought into a closer relation with the general historical activities
over the State, and we urge affiliation and co-operation.
Such patriotic organizations as are limited to certain specific
purposes, as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Confed-
erate Veterans' Association, the American Legion, etc., should all
assist and help the County Historical Society, as they can be
mutually helpful to each other, since the County Historical Society
may embrace the historical activities of all.
Affiliation with the Texas State Historical Association would
be mutually advantageous. The county organization is not re-
quired in any way to assist the state organization financially, nor
are any of the policies of the county organization to be dictated
by the Texas State Historical Association. The latter is willing
and anxious to encourage and assist the county organization in
every way possible. Where advice and help are requested in or-
ganizing or in the literary work of the county organizations, the
officers of the state organization will render every assistance pos-
sible. Where books and data of local significance are needed and
are not available, the University of Texas, the State Library, the
Texas State Historical Association Library, will be available for
such data, and as far as practicable, books and pamphlets, maps
and documents can be sent direct to responsible parties in any
county of the state, they simply paying postage for transmission.
The Texas State Historical Association feels that in promoting
the organization of county historical societies, it is creating a senti-
ment for stronger state pride; fostering a love for the perpetuation
of the deeds of our pioneer forbears; and making more loyal citi-
zens of those who have emigrated to this State from all over the
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