Residents of Angelina County and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the Angelina County History Harvest at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin at 503 N. 2nd St. on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Families may bring historic photos, letters, diaries, and other documents. Staff and volunteers from the sponsoring organizations will scan paper items onsite and immediately return the owner’s original materials, along with a free digital copy. The sponsoring organizations will also create and retain a digital copy in accordance with the owner’s approval. The History Harvest will create a community collection from the area’s families to document our local, regional and national heritage. Start gathering your items now!

In addition, Texas-related films and videos can be dropped off at the event. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) will digitize these materials in Austin and return them by mail to the owners at no cost, along with a digital copy. To qualify for free digitization, participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive, a digital collection at TAMI also collects copies of already digitized Texas-related films.

The History Harvest is free and open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to attend. Free parking is available onsite, including spaces for drivers with disabilities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view historic film clips from the region at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsoring local organizations include the Museum of East Texas, The History Center, Kurth Memorial Library, Angelina College, T. L. L. Temple Memorial Library, Texas Forestry Museum, Angelina County Historical Commission, and Angelina County Genealogical Society. Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, in partnership with the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission, will also sponsor the event.

Call 936.639.4434 or 936.829.3543 for more information, or see the Angelina County History Harvest listing on our calendar of events.

The Angelina County History Harvest is made possible in part by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.