THE CAMP FORD HISTORICAL CENTER




THE CAMP FORD PUBLIC FORUM


Except for June, July, and December, The Camp Ford Historical Association hosts a monthly Public Forum, to which the general public is invited as well as members. These events feature a guest speaker along with refreshments provided by the association board of directors. Unless advised otherwise, these meetings are always scheduled at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month, in the Genecov Room at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 305 N. Broadway Avenue.

COMING EVENTS


EAST TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION 
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND FUND RAISER 
SATURDAY MAY 18th, 2013 
AN EVENING WITH FORMER SHERIFF J. B. SMITH 
 AT 
EAGLE'S BLUFF COUNTRY CLUB 
BULLARD, TEXAS 
TIME: 6:00 PM RECEPTION & CASH BAR 
DINNER 7:00 PM Music provided by "Sounds of Swing" 
19 piece Big Band - Band Leader Jerry Hale 
PROGRAM 8:00 PM 
TOPIC: 30 YEARS of my life by J.B. SMITH 
 Both of J.B's books will be made available for purchase get a signed copy 
Benefiting "CAMP FORD" moving forward with our Museum plans for "EAST TEXAS 
HERITAGE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION" 
*$ 75.00 per person 
* includes dinner, as well as entertainment. See below for current membership information



Senior Membership      $25.00  65 years and older

 

Student Membership $15.00

 

*Individual Memberships $       40.00  

1 Free ticket to members Christmas Party

 

**Family Memberships     $      65.00   (defined by those who live in one household)

2 Free Tickets to members Christmas Party

 

*** Contributor Membership $ 125.00

 

Sustainer Membership $           250.00

 

Patron Membership $     500.00          

 

Benefactor Membership $         1,000.00                                 

 

Life time Memberships $           1,250.00

 

May  we  also suggest.

 

Instead of flowers you might choose to make a donation

 

 In Memory Of                                                $                                 

 

           

Membership not required to attend our Fundraiser, we would appreciate your involvement with our endeavors to Open The EAST TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM

 

 

 

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PAST EVENTS


You are cordially invited to attend thee
COMMUNITY FORUM
of the
Camp Ford Historical Association, Inc. dba
EAST TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

HERMAN WRIGHT, JR.
PRODUCER OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM

THE LONG BLACK LINE
An American Story of the rise of
African American Texans from rural areas
to positions of leadership in the country

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary
Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization


 You are cordially invited to attend the

COMMUNITY FORUM

of the

 

Camp Ford Historical Association, Inc. dba

EAST TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

 

DR. ROBERT GLOVER

Retired Professor at TJC, Historian, Author

speaking on

LEE LAWRENCE AND THE HISTORY OF

CAMP FORD, CSA

Also honoring Ann Lawrence and Maxine Herbst

for their many years of faithful service

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

SPRING CREEK BBQ

BROADWAY AT DONNYBROOK

(in front of Lowes)

Come through the line by 5:45 PM

and come to the special room

Dinner at 6:00 PM, Program at 6:30 PM

 

Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary 

Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization


You are cordially invited to attend the
COMMUNITY FORUM
of the
EAST TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
(formerly Camp Ford Historical Association)

LARRY McCLELLAN, M.S. in HISTORY
RETIRED TEACHER


AUDIE MURPHY - AMERICAN HERO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street

Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary
Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization
You are cordially invited to attend

CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.
COMMUNITY FORUM
MARK VOGL
MILITARY HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR
THE VALLEY CAMPAIGN, 1862
The fabled partnership between General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson is born. Operations carried out in one area have a direct impact on events in another area.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary
Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization


CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.
COMMUNITY FORUM
JED MARUM
AN EVENING OF AMERICAN AND CELTIC
FOLK MUSIC
He presents over 150 shows each year, and his album
CROSS OVER THE RIVER,
a CONFEDERATE COLLECTION, recently won the
Folk Album of the Year Award
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary


Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization


You are cordially invited to attend CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.
COMMUNITY FORUM
DR. JOHN HUDNALL
Distinguished Tyler ENT Medical Specialist
Will Present
THE DAY PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED
An Informal discussion by Dr. Hudnall,
who was in the Emergency Room at
Parkland Hospital in Dallas
when the President and Governor Connally
were brought in
MONDAY, October 15, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary
Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization

You are cordially invited to attend
CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.
COMMUNITY FORUM
Dr. Jeffrey Owens
History Professor, Tyler Junior College
Will Present
ANTEBELLUM “LONGVIEW” & ITS EARLY
DEVELOPMENT AS A RAILROAD TOWN
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary
Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization

You are cordially invited to attend

CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.

COMMUNITY FORUM

 

Phil Shipp

Systems Engineer, Allegiance Computer Technology

Will Present

“Bullard, the Unofficial History”

 

MONDAY, August 20, 2012 AT 7:00 PM

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room

313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas

Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street

Please join us for Refreshments at 6:30 PM

Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary 

 

Smith County Historical Society is not affiliated with our organization




Please join the Board and membership of The Camp Ford Historical Association this Monday, May 21st for our monthly Community Forum meeting. Keeping with our tradition of offering a wide variety of educational topics to Tyler and surrounding area residents, this month we have invited Longview residents, Joe B. McClellan and wife Barbara, who will serenade us with songs of the World War II era.

You are cordially invited to attend

CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Inc.

COMMUNITY FORUM

GAYLE MAPES

DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

CITY OF TYLER

“LITTLE KNOWN LANDMARKS”

MONDAY, APRIL16, 2012 AT 7:00 PM

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room

313 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas

Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street

Please join us for Coffee & Cookies at 6:30 PM

Carolyn McCall, Executive Secretary

Not affiliated with Smith County Historical Society


 


Please join the Board and membership of The Camp Ford Historical Association this Monday, March 19th for our monthly Community Forum meeting. Keeping with our tradition of offering a wide variety of educational topics to Tyler and surrounding area residents, this month we have retired University of Texas at Tyler Economics Professor Tim Kane, Phd. coming to speak on the topic of “The National Debt”. Dr. Kane has been recently teaching a series of seminars on basic economics here in downtown Tyler, so those of you that have attended those meetings are cordially invited to attend this presentation.
You are invited to the Camp Ford Historical Society Association Open Form to be held at 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Tyler on Monday, February 20. The speaker will be Charles Hayes, author of The Gray and the Blue. The subject of his presentation, “Jackson in the Valley,” will be General Thomas “Stone Wall” Jackson’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley.
Please join the Board and membership of The Camp Ford Historical Association at its monthly Community Forum meeting as Mr. Mark Walters brings this months program titled “THE ROLE ARCHAEOLOGY PLAYS IN UNDERSTANDING THE PREHISTORY OF SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS”. Mr. Walters’ affiliations are as a Research Fellow with the Center for Regional Heritage Research and he is a member of the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network. Mr. Walters will explain the science of archaeology and how it helps us to better understand the rich cultural history of Smith County. He will take us through a power point demonstration of two Caddo Indian hamlets (Redwine and Leaning Rock) that he has hands on experience with.
Jerry Watts TO PRESENT “TEXANS at the battle of Altoona, Georigia” AT CAMP FORD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MEETING Jerry Watts will be the guest speaker at the Community Forum meeting of the Camp Ford Historical Association (C.F.H.A.) at 7 p.m., Monday, September 20th in the Genecov Room at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the public forum meeting. Jerry Watts is a graduate of Tatum High School. Mr. Watts received a Bachelor of .Science degree from Texas Christian University, and a Masters degree in history from Stephen F. Austin. Mr. Watt’s Master's thesis was titled An Exercise in Futility: Federal Counter Insurgency 1861-1865. He is currently working towards publication of a three-volume manuscript on guerrilla warfare in the Civil War. Mr. Watts was a history teacher and coach in Texas public schools for 35 years. years. After retirement, Mr. Watts and his wife returned to Tatum. All branches of Jerry's family were in Tatum before the Civil War. I had some 100 relatives from Rusk County who were in the Confederate military and about 100 more relatives in the south who were also Confederates. Jerry's topic for the September Camp Ford meeting is: the battle of Altoona, Georgia. The meeting is open to the public and the Camp Ford Historical Association is looking for people interested in local history and would enjoy spending one evening a month with others who are working to preserve the history and heritage of Tyler and East Texas.
Dr. Robert Glover to address Camp Ford Association about Tyler munitions plant which operated during the Civil War.
Dr. Robert Glover will be the featured speaker for the Community Forum held by the Camp Ford Association (C.F.H.A.) at 7 p.m. Monday, May 17th at the Genecov Room at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the public forum meeting.
Dr. Robert W. Glover is a graduate of Steven F. Austin University, with a MA degree in history, and North Texas State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Confederate history. Dr. Glover taught at Lon Morris College and was Instruction and Program Coordinator at Tyler Junior College from 1962 until his retirement.
Dr. Glover is the author of several historical articles about Camp Ford and is co-author, with F. Lee Lawrence, of Camp Ford, CSA, the definitive book on the subject.
The meeting is open to the public and the Camp Ford Historical Association is looking for people interested in local history who would enjoy spending one evening a month with others who are working to preserve the history and heritage of Tyler and East Texas.
The Camp Ford Historical Association is organized to build and maintain a museum dedicated to educating the public about Camp Ford, the Confederacy’s largest prisoner of war internment center west of the Mississippi River. The museum will be part of a visitor’s center to be built on U.S. Highway 271 immediately across from the Camp Ford Park, which is managed by the Smith County Historical Society, not affiliated with the CFHA. The museum and park will be independent but complementary attractions. Community Forums are held at the Chamber of Commerce Genecov Room on the third Monday of every month. The meetings are always free and open to the public.
DALE WEST
Professional Engineer and Author
Program
IMAGES OF THE CIVIL WAR
Monday, April 19, 2010, at 7:00 P.M.
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building, Genecov Room
315 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas
Enter through the Genecov door on Line Street
Please join us for coffee and cookies at 6:30 P.M.

Jerry Watts was the guest speaker at the Community Forum meeting of the Camp Ford Historical Association (C.F.H.A.) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 15th in the Genecov Room at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the public forum meeting.

Jerry Watts is a graduate of Tatum High School. Mr. Watts received a Bachelor of .Science degree from Texas Christian University, and a Masters degree in history from Stephen F. Austin. Mr. Watt’s Master's thesis was titled An Exercise in Futility: Federal Counter Insurgency 1861-1865. He is currently working towards publication of a three-volume manuscript on guerrilla warfare in the Civil War.

Mr. Watts was a history teacher and coach in Texas public schools for 35 years. years. After retirement, Mr. Watts and his wife returned to Tatum.

All branches of Jerry's family were in Tatum before the Civil War. He had some 100 relatives from Rusk County who were in the Confederate military and about 100 more relatives in the south who were also Confederates. Jerry's topic for the March Camp Ford meeting is: Operations of Texas cavalry in Louisiana, 1861 -1865.

The meeting is open to the public and the Camp Ford Historical Association is looking for people interested in local history and would enjoy spending one evening a month with others who are working to preserve the history and heritage of Tyler and East Texas.

The Camp Ford Historical Association is organized to build and maintain a museum dedicated to educating the public about Camp Ford , the Confederacy’s largest prisoner of war internment center west of the Mississippi . The museum will be part of a visitor’s center to be built on U.S. Highway 271 immediately across from the Camp Ford Park, which is managed by the Smith County Historical Society, not affiliated with the C.F.H.A. The museum and park will be independent but complementary attractions. Community Forums are held at the Chamber of Commerce Genecov Room on the third Monday of every month. The meetings are always free and open to the public. More information about the CFHA can be found at their Web site, http://www.campfordhistoricalcenter.org/.


East Texas celebrity Tom Perryman was the guest speaker at the Community Forum meeting of the Camp Ford Historical Association (C.F.H.A.) at 7 p.m. Monday, February 15th at the Genecov Room at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the public forum meeting. The title of Mr. Perryman’s presentation is "The East Texas influence on country music." Tom’s experience as a radio disc jockey spans more than half a century. A member of the Eat Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Perryman’s talk is based on vast personal experience. Perryman has worked at the Grand Olde Opry in Nashville, and worked with a wide variety of successful performers including the King himself, Elvis Presley.
Bradley W. Brookshire, chairman of the board of Brookshire Grocery, will tell the story of the business founded by his grandparents. He will speak at the Community Forum meeting of the Camp Ford Historical Association at 7 p.m. Monday, November 16, at the Genecov Room at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the public forum meeting

Brookshire Grocery Co. began in 1928 when Brad’s grandfather, Wood T. Brookshire, opened a small, 25 x 100-foot store on the downtown square in Tyler, Texas. He and five brothers operated several stores in East Texas until the partnership dissolved in 1939. At that time, Wood became sole owner of three stores in Tyler that served as the cornerstone of today’s company. Through the years, the company continued to experience healthy growth, building new stores in new markets and branching into even more territories by acquiring stores from other operators. Today, Brookshire Grocery Co. has more than 150 supermarkets operating in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi:

The Camp Ford Historical Association is organized to build and maintain a museum dedicated to educating the public about Camp Ford, the largest Confederate prisoner of war internment center west of the Mississippi . More information about the CFHA can be found at their Web site, http://www.campfordhistoricalcenter.org/. Community Forums are held at the Chamber of Commerce Genecov Room on the third Monday of every month. The meetings are always free and open to the public.






REMEMBERING OUR FIRST EVENT
November 15, 2003 OPEN HOUSE

Over 150 visitors braved the rain to attend the Camp Ford Historical Center Heritage Day celebrated on Saturday, November 15, 2003. The Center's first event gave those attending the "before" picture of facilites that will eventually become an outstanding tourist attraction for the area.

Civil War exhibits, music, and demonstrations in period dress provided additional interest to touring the facilities.

Re-enactors, entertainers, and exhibitors were furnished by the Captain James P. Douglas Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Mollie Moore Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Children of the Confederacy, the Emma Sansom Chapter of the Order of Confederate Rose, and other patriotic and heritage groups and individuals.

Historian and foremost authority on Camp Ford, Dr. Robert Glover gave the audience the story of the creation and life of the camp, which began as a training facility for Confederate conscripts and grew to become the largest prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi.

On the Center campus, during the intermissions of rain, loading, firing, and cleaning demonstrations of Civil War era cannons and muskets enthralled the many children who had come with their parents.

A barbecue lunch was provided by the Camp Ford Historical Association, and served by members. While the guests ate, they were entertained by songs of the old South performed by Three Majors and a General. This talented quartet was the entertainment highlight of the day.

Exhibits and Living History presentations by Frazier Brothers Re-enactment Venders of Dallas gave a preview of the type of authentic material that will eventually be housed by the museum.






Camp Ford Historical Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1865
Tyler, Texas 75710

E-mail: Secretary

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