The Center for Regional Heritage Research (CRHR) at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) was selected as the base of operations for the Washington Square Project due to its' capacity to provide the necessary workspace, technology needs, software requirements, and expertise within a wide range of multidisciplinary fields. Through the CRHR, the Washington Square Project is able to access numerous university-based resources within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Public History Program, the Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center, the Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory, and the East Texas Research Center.
The Washington Square Project will produce a piece of usable history with which Nacogdoches citizens may interact, and will serve as a site-specific archive of available resources for the district. The resulting web page will provide users with the ability to click on a structure within the Washington Square National Register District, producing photography and documentation of the architecture. By synthesizing the available information, making it available to the public, and encouraging public interaction, we can increase public awareness regarding local historical assets within the Nacogdoches community.
Photos from The Washington Square Project
Washington Square was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, based upon the 1986 Historic Sites Survey conducted in Nacogdoches, Texas. This project will synthesize that information, and absorb it into the current project.
Washington Square has been the focus of numerous archeological projects, and stands as a model to the community for the incorporation of archeology within plans for future development. The Nacogdoches Independent School District has developed a close working relationship with archaeologists at SFASU, helping to mitigate the sensitive archaeological assets of Washington Square by adhering to the Antiquities Code of Texas. The Texas Historical Commission serves as the arbiter of the Antiquities Code of Texas, and protects archeological sites within the state.Under the provisions of the Antiquities Code of Texas, Washington Square was designated as a State Archeological Landmark in 1992.
A draft of the final product will be posted on a semi-regular basis as the data becomes available, in order to familiarize the public with this method of interaction. A goal of December 10, 2011 has been set for the completion of this project, after which the completed web page will be presented for public consumption.