East Texas History is a free mobile app and web platform that places the past at your fingertips. Designed by the History Department at Sam Houston State University, the project seeks to highlight the distinctive people, places, and events that have shaped East Texas. Viewers may learn about the region through our interactive, map-based interface, which includes historical stories, photographs, and oral interviews. Follow our progress on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about the project or to become a participating author.

East Texas History is available in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Android App Market.

For more information and/or to participate in the project please contact Dr. Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History at Sam Houston State University, littlejohn@shsu.edu, (936) 294-4438.


  • Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, PhD, Project Director
  • Amy Bertsch, Associate Editor
  • Wesley Phelps, PhD, Associate Editor

Board of Directors

  • Andrew Baker (Texas A&M Commerce)
  • Robert "Ty" Cashion (Sam Houston State University)
  • George Cooper (Lone Star Community College - Montgomery)
  • Zachary Doleshal (Sam Houston State University)
  • Yvonne Frear (San Jacinto Community College)
  • Aaron Hyams (Sam Houston State University)
  • Wesley Phelps (Sam Houston State University)
  • Michael Phillips (Collin County Community College)
  • Bernadette Pruitt (Sam Houston State University)
  • Scott Sosebee (Stephen F. Austin University)

Research Partners

This project would not be possible without the support of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University and the research efforts of the graduate students in the History Department.


Many images on this site are taken from the internet and included here in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. Others have been digitized and are used by permission. If any individual or organization feels that an image is used in violation of copyright law, we are happy to remove it.

Become Involved

We are seeking partners, stories, sponsors and ideas to add more entries to East Texas History. Please contact us if you would like to participate.

You may find our Contributor Guidelines here.

Our Research Guide is posted here.

Privacy Policy

The History Department at Sam Houston State University operates the East Texas History website and app. Whenever you use East Texas History, we collect basic information that your browser or device sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser or device version, content that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics, including your location (if you have given us permission to do so, e.g. by enabling location services in your browser or device). We use this information only to provide core functionality and do not collect personally identifiable information for marketing or any other purpose. On the website – but not in the mobile apps – East Texas History shares some collected information with Google for the purpose of analyzing general usage patterns. Google's terms and policies are available here. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us.