Portal to Texas History

Speaker to discuss the Portal to Texas History

Ana Krahmer, director of the digital newspaper program at University of North Texas Libraries, will be the featured speaker at the East Texas Genealogical Society’s meeting that will take place 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 inside Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 South College.

Krahmer will speak about “The Portal of Texas History:  The Time Machine for Research.”

The Portal to Texas History serves as a platform for historical and genealogical researchers to step into the shoes of our ancestors through primary source materials.  The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical and...

Genealogical Society meets with UNT librarian

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 - 8:00am

Bosque County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clifton Civic Center, 403 W. Third St. in Clifton.

Jake Mangum, project development librarian for the Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas Libraries, will discuss the latest digital projects and services available to researchers.

The free program is open to the public.

Newspaper scanning means saving local history

Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Tim Delaney

Many of us curse technology because of its failings, but it does have some benefits worth praising.Local history can’t be found in books or online most of the time. But digitalization and scanning of documents have changed that.Now, interesting facts can be found about Tivoli or Austwell, Bayside, Woodsboro, Refugio or other communities that came and went like Vidaurri in northern Refugio County.Researchers can use local history in many ways – economics, population, genealogy, finding out names of community leaders, sports players and teams and much more.For example, most people in Refugio County remember...

East Texas man is the authority on high school football

Mon, Sep 7, 2015 - 4:24am

By Cory McCoy

There are few things more representative of East Texas than high school football. Texans live for the “Friday Night Lights” - and the influence can be seen all throughout pop culture.

The 1994 John Tyler vs. Plano East regional playoff game is widely regarded as the best high school football game of all time. It doesn’t hurt that it featured a hometown team.

When the Lions faced off against Plano East in that playoff game, they took an early lead and kept it. Right up until Plano East made an astonishing comeback in the fourth quarter after being down 41-17. Seven touchdowns were scored in the...