The Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest exists to “stimulate and encourage interest in the collection, preservation, and presentation of the Presbyterian and Reformed heritage in the four state area” of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. It encourages congregations to establish a heritage committee, preserve church records on microfilim or microfiche, celebrate anniversaries by writing histories of their work and sketches of some of the saints of the church. It is an agency of the Synod of the Sun of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
"So often we think of the past as though it were something finished and laid away, not realizing that it is all unfinished and incomplete, and depending on those who follow to carry to its fulfillment the work the past began."
-- Robert E. Speer (1867-1947), Presbyterian church leader, ecumenist, missionary spokesman, moderator of the 1927 General Assembly