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HAS MONTHLY MEETING November 15th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

"Treasures Found and Unfound Along the Texas Gulf Coast” - Merle Hudgins

Merle Hudgins

Wharton County’s official historian Merle Reue Hudgins will be the guest speaker for the Houston Archeological Society’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, meeting at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and is free of charge and open to the public.

Hudgins’ Topic will be “Treasures Found and Unfound Along the Texas Gulf Coast” taken from text in her latest book War Between the States Changed Texas Forever / pre-Civil War, Civil War, post-Civil War which was published in April 2017. The hardback, 2-volume book contains over 850 pages and 100 illustrations in 28 chapters. The format of the book is similar to The New Handbook of Texas with each chapter targeting a single subject and giving its history to reveal how it impacted the course of Texas history.

Merle Hudgins is the wife of Joe D. Hudgins, former HAS president, who is best remembered for leading HAS members in archeological investigations at numerous sites in Wharton and Fort Bend counties. She edited his many papers and reports that are included in Houston Archeological Society and Texas Archeological Society publications. Merle Hudgins also contributed or edited over 70 articles regarding Wharton County for The New Handbook of Texas. She will draw on this vast knowledge of archeological sites in southeast Texas to present her program. Some of the topics she will discuss include the Jean LaFitte’s Loot on Galveston Island and in Louisiana, the Galveston Bay ship wreck, the USN Hatteras, the mystery of the Caney Creek Steamship and several more.

Hudgins’ new book will be available at this meeting and all sales will benefit the Wharton County Historical Commission to help underwrite their preservation projects in Wharton County. The book is not available on the internet - only through WCHC.

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge. Overflow parking is in the grocery store parking lot across Wirt Road from the Community Center or along the residential street adjoining the Community Center. For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact Linda Gorski, at


HAS Journal No. 138 is now available. This is a Special Issue dedicated to Etruscan and Roman Archeology. Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

HAS REPORT #30 (Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #30 – Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. This is a special paper on the three Fauresmith Industry sites that Dub Crook has been working on in South Africa. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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