WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, the Texas State Historical Association's educational program for college students, was first proposed by Joe B. Frantz when he became director of the TSHA in April 1966. The establishment of the first two chapters, however, did not occur until October of 1973. Named for Walter Prescott Webb, a director of the TSHA and the founder of the Junior Historians of Texas, the society is open to any undergraduate student-regardless of academic major-who has an interest in Texas history, particularly in local community history. In 1974 the C. M. Caldwell Memorial Endowment Fund was set up to reward outstanding student writing and chapter achievements. The Caldwell Awards are distributed during the society's annual meeting, which is held in the spring in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Association's Annual Meeting. In recent years a student-sponsor conference is also held each fall. Since 1982 society members have had the opportunity to publish their research in Touchstone, the society's annual publication. The magazine is unique, for it is probably the only journal written by and for college students in the nation. In 1991 the magazine changed its format and expanded its content to include articles on pedagogy written by college professors, who also sponsor Webb Society chapters, and other articles of interest to the non-professional historian. In 1995 the magazine had a subscription list of 200. Thirty chapters had been chartered by 1995.