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The place to dig for your East Texas roots

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research was established in 2007 to facilitate research, preservation and interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of East Texas. Faculty, staff, students and representatives from across the region participate in projects ranging from collecting oral histories to managing museum exhibits.

At the Center for Regional Heritage Research, you can take advantage of a combination of resources, from scholars to facilities, to generate quality research pertaining to the region of East Texas and its bordering states. 

Combining academic and community resources allows us to take a multidisciplinary approach to research that often leads to surprising results and a broader perspective on the subject of study. If your roots are buried deep in East Texas, this is the best place in the world to come and look for them!

Student opportunities

University faculty and students from several different departments are an important part of the Center for Regional Heritage Research’s scholarly staff. For several years our students were frequent contributors to exhibits designed for and installed in the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot

Students who work at the Center also may participate in gathering oral histories from East Texas residents, resource surveys and mapping projects, 3D scanning of archaeological artifacts or the building of digital collections.

Recent and ongoing projects

Recent and ongoing research at the Center for Regional Heritage Research includes:

Visitor and contact information

The Center for Regional Heritage Research is located in Room G75 in the Ferguson Building. To learn more or to schedule a tour, call 936.468.3953 or email


Department of History

Dugas Liberal Arts North 
Room 303

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13013, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962