Sitting Up with the Dead: Victorian Funeral and Spiritualism Exhibit
Come and see our Victorian Funeral and Spiritualism Exhibit. Take a tour through McCulloch and step into the Victorian era when death was cause for an elaborate ritual. Learn about traditional funeral customs and mourning etiquette through this unique experience.
Join us as we hear from author Brian Kilmeade and the heart stopping story of the fight for Texas by The New York Times bestselling author of George Washington’s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.
In his now trademark fashion, Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Thanks to Kilmeade’s storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo.
The first 150 couples or individual attendees will receive a free copy of the book.
This event is sponsored through the generosity of:
Rondy and Jackie Gray
Clifton and Betsy Robinson
Ken and Alice Starr
Ring in the holidays with Songs of the Season, at this year’s Christmas on the Brazos celebration. Visit our three historic houses with decorations inspired by classic Christmas Songs. Jingle your way through Earle-Napier-Kinnard as sounds of bells ring for all to hear. Don’t forget your hat and mittens as we bundle up for a Winter Wonderland at McCulloch House. East Terrace, the site of this year’s Breakfast with Santa will appeal to the child in each of us as traditional children’s songs are interpreted throughout the house.
More Details to Come…
Historic Waco Foundation and Bridge Realty Present:
Breakfast with Santa
Join us for a special morning with Santa. Enjoy breakfast treats, Christmas crafts, and pictures with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole! East Terrace will be decorated based on children’s Christmas songs and is sure to bring out the child in all of us!
$20 per family.
Join us for our Fall Lecture featuring David Vann de Cordova, as he speaks on the fascinating life of his third great-grandfather, Jacob de Cordova, the founder of Waco. Jewish, Jamaican-born Spaniard, Jacob de Cordova has a legacy as unique as his heritage.
Through the retelling of his life, David Vann de Cordova recalls his legacy and his amazing exploration in Texas. Historic Waco Foundation, in collaboration with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, McLennan County Historical Commission, and Texas Fine Artists invite you to this FREE lecture.
Join us for an afternoon of all things flight. Fly over to East Terrace and make your very own kite, paper airplanes, and all things that fly. We will have model airplane demonstrations and hands on fun for everyone! It will leave you skipping and singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!” $10 per family.
Be transported back in time during our House and Family Lectures. Through the month of July we’ll be journeying through each of our homes and taking a closer look into the lives of the families that built and occupied the homes. See how a physician, businessman, and a reverend impacted the development of the city of Waco.
These lectures are free and you do not have to be a member to attend.
May 2 (6 pm - 9 pm) Preview Party ( Reservations Required)
May 3 - May 4 ( 8 am - 5 pm)
May 5 ( 12 pm - 5 pm)
Preview Party: Reservations Required.
$40 per person. Shop the sale before it opens up to the public for a first glance at all the amazing one of a kind finds at our sale this year! Tapas catered by Vitek’s for the event. Call our office to make your reservation today. All reservations must be made by April 29th.
Regular Attic Treasure Sale Begins May 3rd to the 5th.
Spring Lecture: A Photographer's Perspective of Waco: Gildersleeve and His Photographs with Geoff Hunt and John Wilson
Join Historic Waco Foundation and McLennan County Historical Commission for our exciting Spring Lecture featuring Geoff Hunt and John Wilson, co-authors of the book "Gildersleeve: Waco's Photographer" as they divulge into the history of Fred Gildersleeve and his legacy as Waco's photographer through his iconic photographers. After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion with the authors, as well as, Lee Lockwood's archivist Sam Moody. The Lee Lockwood Library will also have Gildersleeve photographs on display from their own collection, to add to the magic of the nights festivities. This lecture is FREE to the public!
Enter the imagination of Beatrix Potter and join Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail for an afternoon of crafts with Peter Rabbit themed games and activities. Bring your curiosity and visit Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden with Peter…if you dare!
$10 per family
Join us this Christmas season for our first ever Candlelight Tour. This progressive style tour takes you down memory lane and Christmas past through three historic house museums: Earle-Napier-Kinnard, McCulloch House, and East Terrace House. Each house will be decorated for the holidays based on a different decade of history: the Victorian era, Roaring 1920’s, and Rocking 1950’s.
Each house will have live entertainment based on the decade the house is decorated along with light refreshments that also coordinate. Check out our “Upcoming Events” page for more details on entertainment and refreshments.
Tickets for event go on sale Nov. 26th.
Christmas on the Brazos presents: Christmas through the Decades! Join us down Christmas memory lane as we remember Christmas past throughout our themed historic houses with the Victorian Era, the roaring 1920’s, and the rock n’ roll 1950’s.
Houses will be open for tours December 7, 8, and 9. Tickets for tours are $20.00 per person but will provide you access to all 3 houses.
Additional events for Christmas on the Brazos include:
Candlelight Tour: Friday, December 7, 2018 (6:00 pm-9:00pm)
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 8, 2018 (9:00 am-11 am)
For more information about these events visit our Upcoming Events page.
See Waco’s iconic sites and buildings through the eyes of painter, Charles Wallis. Wallis will have 8 of his paintings on display and available to win with our raffle tickets! Wallis will also be at the event to talk about his works of art.
Tickets are $25.00 per ticket or 5 for $100.00. Tickets will be available to purchase until Sunday, Dec. 9th.
Honor our Veterans this November with our Salute to Veterans Family Fun Day. Learn flag etiquette and folding, patriotic games and crafts that all salute the red, white, and blue. This event is perfect for the whole family and a great way to honor those who have served!
Sitting up with the Dead: Victorian Funeral & Spiritualism Exhibit will be open weekends starting in October. This exhibit examines the death rituals and customs of the Victorian era by re-creating a Victorian style funeral in McCulloch House. (407 Columbus Ave)
The exhibit will be open:
Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20; 10 am-4 pm (Regular House Admission)
Sunday, October 7, 14, 21; 1 pm-4 pm (Regular House Admission)
Twilight Tours: Saturday, October 13th (7:00 pm-9:30 pm)
Midnight Tours: Saturday, October 20th (11:00 pm-1:00 am)
For more information visit our Upcoming Events Page
Parlors: A Room By Many Names discusses the history of the formal living space in all Victorian homes. This pop-up exhibition uses the furnishings found in the East Terrace double parlors and details their significance to the history of parlors and the eventual turn away from this style of formal living
Come experience the history of the parlor with our latest exhibit curated by Jenni Opalinski and find answers to these questions and more!
Back by Popular demand is our Civil War Summer Camp!
Experience Civil War history first hand and let the history come alive with our Summer Camp this year!
Located: East Terrace
Cost: $75 per camper
Visit our events page for a more detailed account of camp and register today!
Join us for our 2018 Spring Lecture, a fabulous three panel discussion on the Civil War. Lee Lockwood Library. Panel members include Dr. Robert Corwin, Joe Walker and Professor Gerald Powell.