More than 100 historians will make presentations on subjects of interest to East Texans during the East Texas Historical Association's annual fall meeting at the Fredonia Hotel Sept. 25-27.

Among the session topics are: "African Americans in East Texas History;" "Texas Preachers and Leadership;" "The Great Historical Debate over the Sutton-Taylor Feud;" "Organizing and Recording Change: The African American Experience;" "A Civil War Tragedy: Quantrill's Guerillas and the 1864 Triple Hanging in Tyler;" a bus tour of historic places in Nacogdoches; and several others, including joint sessions with the Texas Folklore Society and the West Texas Historical Association.

A dinner on Sept. 26 will feature an address by the association's president, Dr. Beverly Rowe of Texarkana, titled "Homecoming, or How a Nice Woman Like Me Came to be in Such a Rough Crowd." A reception will follow in the Old Town Center, hosted by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

During the Saturday luncheon, the association will "roast" outgoing executive director, Dr. Archie P. McDonald. McDonald, former Regents Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University, served as the association's director for 37 years.

The East Texas Historical Association was founded on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in 1962 and is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of East Texas' great historical heritage. The association actively encourages the preservation of historical buildings and, through its primary publication, The East Texas Historical Journal, strives to publish and make known the rich history with which this section of Texas is endowed.

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