About Us

Smith County Historical Society

The Society, incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas, is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1959. It was formed to serve these purposes:

  • to discover, collect and preserve data, records and items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas;
  • to provide public education relating to the history of Smith County, Texas;
  • to maintain an archival collection that is available to the public for research and education relating to the history of Smith County, Texas;
  • to maintain museum(s) and to work with any museum for the preservation of historical artifacts relating to the history of Smith County, Texas;
  • to publish an historical magazine called CHRONICLES OF SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS, as well as any other books and materials relating to history that the Society deems worthy of publication;
  • to hold periodic meetings and programs on historical topics for the benefit of members of the Society and the public in general;
  • to solicit contributions of money or other property for the purpose of carrying out the foregoing programs; and
  • to do and perform generally and anywhere all acts and things reasonably incident to the corporate purposes.

Active Committees

Executive Officers

President: Rob Jones
Past President: Carol Kehl
Vice President: Scott Fitzgerald
Treasurer: Tyler Clakley
Recording Secretary: Marjorie Walle

Office Staff and Support

Office Manager/ Volunteer & Intern Coordinator: Savannah Cortes
Archives Manager: Tiffany Wright
Newsletter: Marjorie Walle
Chris Martinez

Jack T. Greer Memorial Fund

John Anderson
Gretta Davis
Carol Kehl
James Wilkins
Tiffany Wright


Carol Kehl
Scott Fitzgerald
Margorie Walle
Savannah Cortes
Tracy Malone
Cullen Malone


Rob Jones
Carol Kehl
Carol Godwin
Savannah Cortes
Scott Fitzgerald

Programs and Events

Carol Kehl
Scott Fitzgerald
Vicki Betts


Rob Jones
Tyler Clakley
JB Smith
Mark Thacker
Marjorie Walle

Chronicles of Smith County Publications

Board of Editors: Vicki Betts, Carol Kehl, Andrew Leath, Jeffrey Owens, Scott Fitzgerald, Tiffany Wright

Editor: Matthew Stith

Associate Editor: Christina Gutierrez

Camp Ford

Ashton Oravetz, Chair

For more information on our organization please feel free to call our offices or contact us through our Get Involved page. If you’d like to know more about these committees or when they meet please take a look at our calendar and events page here.