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810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 753-5166

A foundation that preserves and showcases four historic house museums and hosts multiple educational opportunities throughout the year.


5 Reasons To Get Excited For The Fall Lecture

Historic Waco

As you may or may not know, every year, Historic Waco Foundation has two lectures on the history of Waco.  The most recent one was on "The Dark Side of Waco History," and as you can imagine- It was a hit! Waco's history is full of twists and turns, and up's and downs.  It truly never gets old browsing through pictures and stories of Waco's past.  Well, now it is time for HWF's fall lecture.  Dr. Patricia Ward Wallace will be returning to speak, and her topic this time around will be, "The 1950's: Happy Days in Waco?" We're getting excited for tomorrow, and so should you.  Here's five reasons why:

  1. The Lecturer: Dr. Patricia Ward Wallace is back again, and she is phenomenal.  Countless people are still talking about how much they enjoyed the Spring lecture, because of how fiery, interesting, and entertaining Dr. Wallace is.  Hearing her deliver a lecture is a special for many reasons.  Though she did complete her Masters of Arts and Ph.D. at UT, she went on to teach at Baylor University (Sic 'em!) where she served in many capacities and received many honors as a professor.  She is the author of numerous books, such as "Waco: A Sesquicentennial History" and "Centennial: An Illustrated History of The Methodist Home."  Additionally, she has been extremely involved with the city of Waco over the years and has served the community through many avenues, boards, and committees.  We have no doubt she has something great up her sleeve for tomorrow. 
  2. The Topic: What comes to your mind when you think of Waco in the 1950's? Waco rose to its cultural, economic, and just all around "cool" peak in the early 50's and was then slammed by the '53 Tornado.  The 1950's was one of the most complex, shaping decades in Waco history.  It was filled with fun, horror, dancing, and trauma.  You have to admit you want to hear more.
  3. The Refreshments: There will be coke floats provided.  All that needs to be said there.
  4. The Location:  The lecture will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum - Yes.  That beautiful building on Waco Drive that you cruise past frequently and always wish you could have time to go inside.  Well here is your chance to soak up the building and see all of the beautiful parts inside.  
  5. The Price: It's free.  See you there!