The Waco History Project is a joint effort of the Waco community to provide a resource base on Waco history and to generate curricula and other learning resources for teaching local history in the Waco and surrounding communities.
The Waco History Project (WHP) will connect people of all ages to the community by telling the story of Waco's diverse past.
Readers of the Waco Tribune-Herald have seen Waco History Project events, sometimes dovetailing with its Brazos Past features. We’ve explored areas like Sandtown, Calle Dos (Two Street), one-time suburb White City (it’s not what the name might imply), and long-lost Bridge Street, where black-owned businesses predominated.
A major thrust is imparting local history with Waco children. The Waco Independent School District has been intimately involved. One of our hopes is that not only will students refer to this site, but that student work about Waco history will also accumulate on the site. Check out “Student Corner” and get a taste. But that’s all it is right now — a taste. There’s so much more to share and so much local history for students and citizens of Waco to explore.
Waco History Project Presentation
WHAT: “A Coming Home Celebration and Remembrance”
WHEN: Wednesday July 27, 2011
6:00 p.m. Program
WHERE: VFW Post 6008 in Hewitt
The Waco History Project will present “A Coming Home Celebration and Remembrance” to honor Waco-area veterans of the Korean War, especially its POWs and the missing-in-action, at 6 p.m. July 27 at VFW Post 6008 in Hewitt.
The free, public presentation takes place at 725 Sun Valley Blvd., and will feature stories of grace and courage from Sgt. Julian Ramon, Cpl. Isaac Martinez, Cpl Abraham Hernandez and Sgt. Jack Goodwin -- all Central Texans U.S. Army veterans who survived the horrors of Communist captivity during the conflict which ended July 27, 1953.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 722-8940
Straight from those who lived the history, citizens tell their stories of Waco's rich past. more...
See How Waco Grew
Check out this map of Waco in 1873 and see how it changed in just a few years. Also explore birds-eye images of historic Waco from from the Amon Carter Museum. more...
See a classroom museum, books, projects, websites, "Did you know?" quiz and Poppa Rollo's Gazette. Visit for fun and knowledge! more...
The late Oscar DuConge, Waco's first African-American mayor, and his wife Kitty, visit with former Oral History Institute director Thomas Charlton in 1973. Visit the Oral History page for stories and links to the Baylor University Oral History Dept.
The HEART OF TEXAS REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR usually takes place on the second Thursday and Friday in February each year. It is open to students in grades 5-12 across 14 counties. For more information on the HOTRHF and our press release on our featured students go to Texas Regional History Fair. more...
Weekly pages of Waco history from the Waco Tribune-Herald. more...
In 1923, Waco physician Dr. Kenneth Hazen Aynesworth presented to Baylor University several hundred items from his personal collection of materials on Texas history. The gift has stimulated the growth of a premier research collection on Texas and Texas-related subjects which document the development of this region from the early North American explorations to the present. Baylor University Texas Collection site more...
Visit a Photo Gallery of our Neighborhood
AJ Moore Academy's Academy of Information Technology students compiled a photo gallery of our their neighbors along the Brazos River and helpful city and state links. more...
Waco History, Historical Landmarks of McLennan County, Children's Guide to Waco Landmarks. more...
The Forsgards meet The Wacos — audio slide show.
Waco Post Cards - slide show.