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Red River Center for Regional History and Culture

 

The Red River Center for Regional History and Culture at Texas A&M University-Texarkana supports the collection, preservation, exchange, and dissemination of locally and regionally significant materials relating to history and culture in the Red River area, including southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas, and northwest Louisiana. One of the key missions of the center is to find ways to deploy history – to make it useful and inspirational – to improve our region by bringing to life its cultural heritage through dynamic exhibits, educational programming, and impactful research. 

We understand our goals and agendas as extensions of the Texas A&M University system’s Land Grant mandate, in order to promote a shared understanding of our common human experience that informs our collaborative pursuit of solutions to issues that affect our communities. At its core, the Red River Center for Regional History and Culture seeks to tell the stories of the area, understanding that we have extraordinary stories that have only begun to be told.

The Red River Center for Regional History and Culture offers an interdisciplinary humanities perspective to building our region, supporting our economic and social welfare, and improving our quality of life. Through the study of history and culture, the Center will help residents of the Red River region discover their passions, build their self-esteems, and realize that the stereotypes and news stories are wrong, and that we have the strength within us to create change.

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Red River Center for Regional History and Culture. Our goal is to serve the community by sharing, preserving, and amplifying local and regional stories. As the director, I recognize that this work is almost always collaborative and strive to facilitate productive partnerships that allow us to be good stewards of the region's history and culture. I’m passionate about building and strengthening community through history.

Although relatively new to the Four States area, I have been struck by how welcoming the community has been.This area has a rich history and the people here are eager to share it. I am continually impressed and inspired by the regional and local pride that I have found in Texarkana. 

From Scott Joplin and Ross Perot to lesser known people such as Dorothea Towels, an early African America fashion model, “King Arthur” Joe James, a football star, Otis Williams the Temptation from Texarkana, and filmmakers like Charles B. Pierce as well as a stories like the fight to desegregate Texarkana College, local activist Erma Poindexter, and others show that Texarkana and the larger region have been at the cross roads of American social and cultural change. Our position as a transportation hub has facilitated economic success and gave rise to successful entrepreneurs like the Ledwell Family, Paul Klipsch, and other manufacturing and supply chain firms like TSD Logistics. The Red River Army Depot has kept the region working and supported our troops throughout war and peace. These stories inspire us. They remind of us who we are, what we have done and what we can do.

Part of the mission of this new center is to celebrate these stories. To inspire us to build a Better East Texas by showing that we already have a pretty strong foundation. Looking at past leaders and past events is key in this project.This is what the Red River Center for Regional History and Culture offers. It brings an interdisciplinary humanities perspective to building our region, supporting our economic and social welfare, improving our quality of life.

I’m excited to announce that one of the first projects we’re launching within the Center is an edited collection on Texarkana’s regional history. There are a number of other initiatives we have planned as well, including public history coursework, multi cultural celebration, prizes and publication opportunities for students and scholars in regional history, physical displays and digital history exhibit, oral history projects, and collaborations with local cultural heritage organizations like the Texarkana Museums System, Southwest Arkansas Regional Archive, Mainstreet Texarkana, the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, Historic Jefferson, the Regional Music Heritage Center, Historic Washington State Park, and others.

As we continue to build and grow the Center,  I am eager to learn more about our local and regional history. I look forward to working alongside community members and organizations. I welcome you to contact me for more information about the Center, to become involved, or share your story.

Andrew McGregor, Ph.D.

Director, Red River Center for Regional History and Culture
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
University Center, Room 228
Texas A&M University-Texarkana
7101 University Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503-0597
amcgregor@tamut.edu
(903) 334-674

Current Projects

  • Queer ArkLaTex Regional Oral History Project
  • African American Life in Texarkana -- Digital History Exhibit
  • Clio App -- Various Regional History Entries
  • Downtown Bike Tour of African American Texarkana 
  • Research on the Linden, TX and Domino, TX Rosenwald Schools
  • African American Life in Texarkana -- Oral History Project
  • Red River History Journal

Upcoming Events

  • September 17,2019: Drs. Andrew McGregor and Craig M. Nakashian, "Constitution Day 2019: Reading and Discussing the Bill of Rights," UC 116
  • September 26, 2019: "The Wizard of Oz: A Parable for Populism," UC 217
  • October 2, 2019: Dr. Jaime Cantrell, "The South & Sexuality: Queer ArkLaTex Regional Oral History Narrative in the Graduate Classroom," (UC 217)
  • November 7, 2019: Dr. Andrew McGregor, "150 Years of College Football," (time and location TBA)
  • November 13, 2019: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day
  • "A Look Back at the 1969 Texas-Arkansas Game," (time and location TBA)
  • Regional History Day (TBA)
  • Red River Center for Regional History and Culture Spring Symposium (TBA)

Regional and State History Publications

Arkansas Historical Quarterly 

Arkansas Military History Journal 

Central Texas Studies: Journal of the Central Texas Historical Association 

The Chronicles of Oklahoma

East Texas Journal of History 

Louisiana History

Journal of South Texas 

Journal of Texas Women Writers 

Southwestern Historical Quarterly 

Texas Books in Review 

Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record 

Regional History Research Resources

Historical Bibliography of Bowie County, TX and Miller County, AR

Southwest Arkansas Regional Archive

Texarkana Museums System

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
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  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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