Harvey Recovery

The Aransas County Historical Society, like most of its members, was impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Perhaps the most significant impact to the Society was the loss of the space that had been home to the ACHS Lab. The result of this is that we are not currently able to provide access for the public to our collections. We are currently seeking a new space that will allow reopening the Lab to the public. Please check this space periodically for updates.

Newsletter Updates – Coming Soon

We are currently in the process of updating the Aransas County History Society website. We will begin posting current newsletters again soon!

2015 ACHS Photo Contest

2015 ACHS Photo Contest

Got old photos lying around?

Convert them to CASH by entering the


We are seeking historic photos related to Aransas County history that are at least 25 years old. The three top entries will receive cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25, and will be published in the 2016 Calendar AND featured in a special exhibit.

No entry fee required Deadline is June 30.

2013 Contest 3rd Place Winner, Rockport's Famous Softball Team, the Merchanetts, c. 1950, submitted by Sally Windrup
2013 Contest 3rd Place Winner, Rockport’s Famous Softball Team, the Merchanetts, c. 1950, submitted by Sally Windrup

Entry forms may be picked up at the ACHS Lab at the Old Rockport School, Room 15,  Wednesdays, 2-4 pm, or request a copy by writing to ACHS, Box 702, Rockport, TX 78381

Questions? Call Janie White, 729-2133.


How to Protect and Preserve Your Genealogical Research after Your OWN Death | Michael Tormey’s “Legacy Blog”

The Web Site: Michael Tormey’s “Legacy Blog”.

This has come up in conversation a few times recently. This article may be of use to many of our members!

This article pertains to your family bible, photographs, and memorabilia as much as your genealogical research.
The ACHS scans old photos from Aransas County 25 years old or older and archives them along with the stories behind them.
At the same time they can be submitted to the annual calendar contest.
Talk to us about archiving your old photos. Come by the LAB or email us from this site.

Past and present combine in photography project

Past and present combine in photography project 

City Road in Fenton © Jenna Goodwin


Jenna Goodwin from Ash Bank, Great Brittan, wants to create a number of ‘merged’ photographs of the six towns comprising Stoke on Trent and some of the city’s villages. She does this by stitching together a modern and historic photograph of an area to give a unique perspective on the past, present and future of a location.

She says, “I hope to enrich a day or two in people’s lives, remembering, laughing, reminiscing.” She said, “I want to take it to the elderly in homes and sheltered housing, who have no access to social media and exhibits, and share with them the memories that they once made. I want to take it to coffee mornings and share the laughs and memories of the old times that I hope that these images will bring back, as these are the people that lived and worked in these areas, grew up in these houses. I know how much my Nan loves looking at these images and the joy it brings her when she remembers things about growing up in the Potteries.

By it Jenna Goodwin is talking about a Kickstarter Fund she has started  to pay for materials for over 36 combined past and present pictures to be created.

If you get a chance read the article about the photographs by clicking on the picture or the blue title of this news:post or check out her Kickstarter Fund by clicking here.



Pam and sunken booty…


Our own Pam Stranahan has been asked to write curricula related to an 1800s shipwreck site in the Gulf (tentatively called the Monterrey, named for the area of the Gulf in which it is located).  The remote control robot is working with computerized precision 1330 meters below the surface on a 200 year old shipwreck off Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.  Currently, 2:40PM 2013-07-22, the feed is live with 3 cameras and a map. The video is incredible.

The shipwreck investigation is LIVE at NAUTILUS LIVE