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The Stone Fort Museum

The Stone Fort Museum’s 2017 Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award honors the work of Dr. Bobby H. Johnson and the late Mrs. Birdie Wade

Dr. Bobby H. Johnson

Mrs. Birdie WadeThe award recognizes Mrs. Birdie Wade for her efforts in preserving stories, documents and buildings for the African-American community in East Texas. Wade’s African-American Heritage Project, 1904-2009, began around her kitchen table with friends and family members and documents more than 100 years of the African-American community in East Texas through the preservation of documents, newspaper articles, photographs, oral histories and more. Wade passed away in 2005, but her legacy lives on. SFA’s ETRC houses the catalogued African-American Heritage Project, which includes books, articles, photographs and video.

Likewise, the award recognizes Johnson for his work documenting oral histories in Nacogdoches that preserve East Texas’ stories. Professor Emeritus and former Regents Professor of History, Johnson conducted more than 1,000 interviews throughout his career with residents of East Texas on a range of topics, including the Great Depression, the oil boom in East Texas and World War I and II. In 2008, Johnson was awarded the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Oral History Association for his significant contributions to the field, and the East Texas Research Center honored him by opening the Bobby H. Johnson Oral History Collection that same year.

Current Exhibit
September 26 – December 18, 2017

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections

Feed Sack Bib

The apron is an artifact that both documents changes in fashion and domestic work and connects diverse groups through shared experiences. Whether simple or fanciful, the apron evokes powerful memories of friendly gatherings, family celebrations, hard work and good food; especially the food.  When we remember grandmother in her work apron from can to can’t or presenting a holiday meal in her embroidered apron, we find common ground across communities and generations.

The traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections, includes 46 portraits of men and women aged 13 to 109 with accompanying narrative panels and 100 vintage aprons. The oral histories gathered by exhibit curator, EllynAnne Geisel, explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics. Photographer Kristina Loggia documented the storytellers with portraits that complement the narratives.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Humanities Texas

The campus of Stephen F. Austin State University is home to a fort, and not just any fort. A fort that was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon - but never a fort. A fort that was built three times, and a fort that was torn down by men to be re-erected by women. Read more about the history of the Stone Fort.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Closed Saturday, Nov. 18 - Monday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 23

Admissions & Hours

Admission for individuals is free of charge. Educational programs are by reservation only. Call 936-468-2408 for group rates and more information.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and University Holidays.

Directions & Parking

From North Street, Business Highway 59, enter Stephen F. Austin State University at Griffith Boulevard. The Museum will be on your left at the intersection of Griffith and Clarke Boulevards. Visitors to the SFA campus are encouraged to obtain a Visitor Parking Pass from the Visitor Information Booth on Vista Drive. The pass allows visitors to park in any legal parking slot including faculty, staff, or student. Visitor parking spaces for museum patrons are available on Griffith Boulevard across from the museum. Parking spaces designated as visitor parking do not require a Visitor Parking Pass. Paid parking is available in the Student Center Parking Garage across from the museum on Alumni Drive.


Phone: 936-468-2408
Fax: 936-468-7084

Stephen F. Austin State University
Stone Fort Museum
Post Office Box 6075
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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