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Welcome to the Aransas County Historical Society Website

 

The Aransas County Historical Society Mission Statement:

The identification, protection, recording, interpretation and acquisition of historic and prehistoric sites, structures, places, documents and objects; and to share the above with the public and promote an appreciation of history within the county.

The Mission has not changed since the Society was incorporated in 1985.

You can also visit us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AransasCountyHistoricalSociety

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2024 Photo Contest

It’s time again for the annual ACHS historical photo contest! This year’s contest kicks off on April 26 and promises to be the best yet.

Winning entries will be featured in the Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the 2025 Calendar of Historical Photographs as ACHS will celebrate its 40th birthday next year.

For the first time, the winning submitter will receive $400 instead of the previously-awarded $100.  Second place will receive $250 and third, $100.

Photos may be submitted by mail, email, or in person on Friday, April 26, May 3, and May 10 from 1-3 PM at the historic Rockport Railroad Depot.

   Deadline for submittals is May 10.

Submitted pictures must be at least 25 years old and relate to Aransas County.  No entry fee is required and the contest is open to members and non-members of the Society. You may enter up to ten pictures; please complete an entry form for each photo submitted.

Contest winners will be announced at a special Calendar Premiere and exhibit to be held in early fall.

Contest entry form and rules are available here:Entry Form

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Honor Awards for Historic Preservation

The month of May is Historic Preservation Month. It presents an opportunity to recognize those who have contributed to our heritage by actively preserving Aransas County History. Historic sites and projects connect us to the past and provide us with a sense of continuity. Let’s celebrate our county’s heritage with Honor Awards.

Deadline for nominations to be submitted is Friday April 19, 2:00 PM. Representatives from each historical organization will select the winners and honor them at an event on Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM in the garden at the History Center, 801 E. Cedar St. Rockport, TX.

Nomination form and instructions are available here: Honor Awards 2024.

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Honoring Bobby Jackson

 

The Aransas County Historical Society recently released a special edition of the newsletter dedicated to Rockport’s award-winning history teacher, Bobby Jackson.

Bobby passed peacefully with members of his family present on January 26, 2024. A slide show was produced as a celebration of his life and it can be viewed here: Bobby Jackson Celebration of Life

Several of the people who have lived and worked with Bobby were called upon to write about him. You can read a special release of this newsletter here: November Newsletter Special Edition

Bobby Jackson
Bobby Jackson at school. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wilson
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ACHS Annual Meeting 2024

ACHS had its annual meeting on February 22, 2024. The guest speaker was the always interesting and entertaining local artist Steve Russell and he spoke about the background and his personal inspiration for the recently unveiled sculpture Cultural Interface. The presentation was recorded and can be viewed here: Steve Russell Cultural Interface Presentation

2024 Calendar

The 2024 ACHS Calendars with Historical Photographs are now available. You can order yours online HERE.

Price is $15.00 (includes state tax) plus $3.00 shipping.

2024 Calendar Cover
Calendars may also be purchased by sending $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping to:

The Aransas County Historical Society
P.O. Box 702
Rockport, TX 78381

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New Membership Levels

We have added three new membership levels. Click on the Join ACHS link to see what they are!

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Five new digital versions of the ACHS newsletter available now. Click here to visit our Newsletter Archives.

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The Aransas County Historical Society now has some of the oral history interview recordings available online. These are in their original unedited form so, in some cases, the quality is marginal but the content is priceless. You may listen to the recordings by clicking on the file names located on this page:

Aransas County History – Recorded Interviews

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The Aransas County Historical Society is a 501c3 Non-profit corporation.

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THE ARANSAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PRESERVING YOUR HISTORY SINCE 1985