Report on a meeting with the Director for the Central Texas Historical Association

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One of my goals as President of the Brazos Heritage Society has been networking with other historical groups in the area. In particular, I hoped to make some connections with the Blinn and Texas A&M history departments.

Yesterday, I had a meeting with Dr. Kenneth Howell, a history professor at Blinn and the recently hired Director for the new Central Texas Historical Association. This is a non-profit organization that will cover the central part of our great State, joining the already extant Western, Eastern, and Southern Historical Associations.

We discussed at some length ways in which CTHA and BHS might be able to collaborate in the future, including cross-advertising for each others’ events and even gaining access to potential speakers for future talks. We also talked about CTHA utilizing the wonderful historical resources (our people!) that can be found in Brazos County. We have multiple folks who are a treasure trove of local historical information.

While it may be a bit before we see any active collaborations, given that CTHA is just getting started, I wanted to let everyone know that I am making good on my goal to network and start connecting BHS into the larger historical community in order to further our ability to pursue historical preservation and education.

On a side note, Dr. Howell is heading up the Webb Society, a school-based historical student group that was recently re-instituted at Blinn. One of their projects is capturing oral histories. This is something originally suggested by my VP, Isabel, and it would be a fantastic resource for visitors to the BHS website. It would be even better if we can provide a link to a video archive rather than having to do this work ourselves. I will try to keep up with the progress of this project.

With the help of Stephanie Snyder who joined BHS in the past year, we are also working on taking the newsletter to a quarterly publication schedule and including what I hope will be informative articles/information on a number of topics.

Last but not least, I hope to post some photos in the near future that Randy took of the work in progress on the Turner-Peters Dogtrot Cabin.

Until next time.

Stephanie Hilliard

President

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