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810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706
USA

(254) 753-5166

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

Calendar

Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Get ready for a night of get up out of your chair dancing and everything Texas! Join us at Tucker Hall for a night of live entertainment with country western band Ain't Misbehavin', country western dancing, and classic Texas BBQ by Vitek's BBQ to celebrate Texas Independence! There will also be a silent and audible auction with fantastic items from local Waco businesses! 

 

Mar
10
10:30 am10:30

Waco-McLennan County Library on the Go Story Time

Historic Waco Foundation and Waco McLennan Country Library will host a Story Time Hour at East Terrace! Enjoy a story by one of the Children's Librarians in the East Terrace's Ballroom! A fun and exciting experience your kids will remember for years to come! After story time take a walk through the house to experience one of Waco's oldest houses! 

Contact Waco's Central Library for questions and more information! (254) 750-5941

Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Saddle Up Skadoo

Howdy Partner! Saddle Up at our Skadoo to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail! This year the Mayborn Museum, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, and Historic Waco Foundation are joining forces to celebrate this momentous occasion! Lasso your family together to be a Texas cowboy for the day with tours of historic East Terrace, livestock, a Cowboy storyteller, live music, roping demonstrations, crafts, and snacks for a day on the range! $10 for the whole family!

Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

Spring Lecture

This year's Spring Lecture will help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the United States entering into World War I with "The War to End All Wars." This year's lecture will be presented by Dr. David A Smith, a History professor at Baylor University. 

This lecture is FREE to the public and will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum! Refreshments will be provided! 


Dec
3
Dec 11

Christmas on the Brazos: A Victorian Christmas: Southern Style

Kick off the holiday season with Historic Waco Foundation at our Christmas on the Brazos Celebration: A Victorian Christmas: Southern Style. Experience all things southern and Christmas all wrapped into one sparkling package! Enjoy our historic houses decorated for the holiday season to add that little bit of sparkle to your historic home tour. Stop by Fort House, 2016 Showcase House. (503 South Fourth St.) Open Tuesday-Friday 11 am-3 pm, Saturday and Sunday (1 pm-4 pm)

 

Talk of the Town
Oct
21
6:30 pm18:30

Talk of the Town

Join us for a night of dancing, music, and memories of Waco. Dance down memory lane with Historic Waco Foundation for our 2016 “Talk of the Town.” This one-of-a-kind event will showcase the 1914 film featuring Downton Waco called “The Passerby,” taken from the Texas Collection. This is a short digitized film starring the Hoffmannettes, the sisters who for many years maintained a dance studio in the house that currently serves as the HWF Office. This film will be shown at the Waco Hippodrome and will be accompanied by a piano concert by well known pianist Kurt Raiser. Don’t miss this exciting event!! Reservations required. Tickets can be purchase at eventbrite.com or by calling (254)753-5166

"Waco Skyline and the Silos" Painting with a Twist Fundraiser
Oct
11
6:30 pm18:30

"Waco Skyline and the Silos" Painting with a Twist Fundraiser

Support Historic Waco Foundation's Educational Programming with this fun event at Painting with a Twist! Bring a friend and come paint the Waco skyline. Enjoy a night of fun, laughter, and relaxation that benefits the community! All proceeds from the night help support our educational programming and events for the community. All are Welcome!!! Reservations are required for this event and can be made through Painting with a Twist. 

Sitting up with the Dead: Victorian Funeral and Spiritualism Exhibit
Oct
8
Nov 5

Sitting up with the Dead: Victorian Funeral and Spiritualism Exhibit

Take a step back in time to experience the sorrow and traditions of Victorian mourning with our Sitting up with the Dead Exhibit. Take a tour of East Terrace as if you were visiting the house  in mourning and experience the traditions that once were. Some of the highlights of the tour include a replica of President Lincoln's casket, a hearse, and the tradition of covering pictures and mirrors. This eerie and unique house tour experience creates and new and exciting approach to history! 

Sitting up with the Dead Tours include Twilight Tours (7pm -9pm) October 8, 15, 22 and the Midnight Tour (11 pm-1 am) October 29th

Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

Waco Citizens Remember the Great War: Tales from Baylor's Institute for Oral History Archive

Join us Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum!  

Steven Sielaff will be joining us for this year's Fall Lecture to share stories about World War I from Baylor's Institute for Oral History Archive. Sielaff is the Senior Editor and Collections Manager at Baylor University Institute for Oral History.  He has been active in the Waco community, in regards to, the oral history of significant Waco landmarks such as the Dr Pepper Museum, as well as, the Mayborn Museum Complex. Steven received his Master's Degree in Museum Studies from Baylor University. 

 

Steven Sielaff
Jul
23
1:00 pm13:00

Fairy Gardens, Bugs, and Herbs... Oh my!

Skadoo

Design your own whimsical fairy garden, make your own creepy crawly bug craft (if you dare) and grow your very own herb garden! 

Where: McCulloch House (407 Columbus)

When: Saturday, July 23 1pm-4pm

Only $10 per family

Tour of Historic Fredericksburg Summer Trip
Jul
12
Jul 13

Tour of Historic Fredericksburg Summer Trip

  • Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War
  • Tour the "Texas White House" and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park
  • Unique shopping in Historic Downtown
  • Visit the Pioneer Museum
  • Experience Mother Nature at the largest working wildflower farm in the U.S.
  • Stay at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites
  • Dine at Auslander Restaurant for authentic German Cuisine

Space is Limited! Call (254) 753- 5166 to reserve your spot by July 1st

Double Occupancy: $225

Single Occupancy: $275

Citizen You Summer Camp
Jun
13
Jun 17

Citizen You Summer Camp

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to create your own city? A place where YOU make the laws, rules, money and other components that make up a city? Want to run for mayor? Or how about be a police officer? You can do it all! Join Historic Waco Foundation for our "Citizen You" summer camp, June 13th-17th, where kids will get the opportunity to use their imagination to design their own city through hands on learning! Kids will get the opportunity to talk to real life journalists, firefighters, police officers, and more! The deadline for camp registration is May 31st and the cost is $75 per child. To reserve a spot for your child call (254)753-5166. Come create a world that you want to live in!

 

Ages 8-12

Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 12:00 pm 

May
6
May 8

Attic Treasures

One man's trash is another man's treasure at our annual Attic Treasure event! All proceeds benefit Historic Waco Foundation! We have have something for everyone ranging from furniture to clothes to dishware to books and so much more! Want first glimpse at some of the merchandise for this year? Reserve your spot to attend our Preview Party. Before the official sale is open to the public! Preview party will be Thursday May 5th at 6 pm. Special admission for the preview party must be purchased in advance by calling 254-753-5166 before April 27th!

4318 W. Waco Drive ( Between Guitar Center and Mardel in the Brazos Place Center)

Sale Dates & Times

Friday May 6th......8 am-5pm

Saturday May 7th.....8am-4 pm

Sunday May 8th.....1 pm-4 pm

Need to clean out those closets? You can also donate your gently-used treasures to Historic Waco Foundation's Annual Attic Treasures Sale!!! Donate your gently used treasures to Historic Waco Foundation! Drop off donations can be made Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from March 16-May 3rd.

*We cannot accept large appliances, televisions, computers, cribs, mattresses, and child car seats.

The Mad Hatter Tea Party
Apr
24
1:00 pm13:00

The Mad Hatter Tea Party

We're Late! We're Late For a Very Important Date!

The Queen of Hearts Requests your presence at the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Join us for an afternoon tea party, a game of croquet at the royal croquet court, crafts, and a chance to meet Alice herself.  The perfect event for mother's day! Only $10 per family.

East Terrace (100 Mill Street) 1-4 pm

The Great Gatsby Dress Rehearsal Performance
Mar
31
7:30 pm19:30

The Great Gatsby Dress Rehearsal Performance

Be the first to see the Waco Civic Theatre's production of "The Great Gatsby" before its opening night! Historic Waco Foundation is selling dress rehearsal performance tickets for this classic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.

Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 at www.eventbrite.com

Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

Spring Lecture "The Stone Site: A Waco Indian Village Frozen in Time"

Professional Registered Archaeologist, Katherine Turner-Pearson will focus on the archaeological excavations at the Stone Site, a contract-period Waco Indian village just north of Waco, Texas often times referred to as, "El Quiscat's Village. Turner-Pearson will explore and give us an inside view on how this site gives archaeologists a rare chance to study the impact of European contact over a short period of time frame and the life styles of an aboriginal group that is somewhat obscure. Our speaker, Katherine Turner-Pearson has her Master's degree in Anthropology, and Myth and Ritual. Over the years her knowledge in the field has expanded in areas such as prehistoric and historic archaeology, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, soil chemistry, survey, rock shelters, and site assessment. She has worked in all parts of both Texas and Oklahoma and as led many large-scale archaeological surveys and excavations.

Mar
5
6:00 pm18:00

Texas Independence Day Celebration

It's time to celebrate Texas Independence Day in style! Bring your friends and family and your favorite pair of cowboy boots to dance the night away. Doors open at 6 pm as well as our silent auction which will feature some unbelievable auction items! Tickets cost is $100 per person. Ticket prices include a BBQ Buffet dinner, open bar, and 2 entertainment acts!  Entertainment this year will feature our headline performer, Texas country music star, Johnny Rodriguez also featuring Texas Country singer Kayla Ray! Event will take place at Downtown 301. For tickets call 254-753-5166.

Feb
2
Mar 15

The Lavonia Jenkins Barnes Decorative Arts Course

Historic Waco Foundation is excited to announce the 2016 Barnes Decorative Arts Course. This unique course , founded and tight by Lavonia Jenkins Barnes, began as a way to train HWF docents in the history of decorative arts.  For over 40 years, the Barnes Course has provided premier decorative arts education for the community of Waco. In continuation of meeting the needs of the community, HWF is proud to offer, once again, the opportunity to hear about engaging topics such as the relationship between decorative arts, history,, design, and the architecture found in Central Texas; offering something interesting for everyone! Details about each course and price information is located in our "Events" section. Call (254) 753-5166 with questions or if you would like to reserve a place! 

Dec
12
6:00 pm18:00

Candlelight Experience

Tis the season! Join us for the finale event of the 2015 Christmas on the Brazos "Holiday Reflections" celebrations. Experience the beauty of East Terrace's decorations with a candlelight tour and holiday festivities. 

Option 1: (6 pm-7:30 pm) Candlelight Tour of East Terrace:  Exclusive Candlelight Tours, live performances, hors d'oeuvres and wine

Ticket: $30

Option 2: (7 pm-9pm) Candlelight Seated Dinner at Fort House: Enjoy a three course meal prepared by Milo's chef, Corey McEntyre,  accompanied with custom wine pairings made by David Mayfield of The Wine Shoppe. Seating is limited. For reservations call (254) 753-5166

Ticket: $80

Option 3: Package Price: Includes Candlelight Tour and Seated Dinner.Reservations required for package option as well. 

Ticket: $100

Dec
6
1:00 pm13:00

"Christmas at America's Landmark Houses" Book Signing

It is Christmas decorating, history, architecture, and interior design wrapped in one sparking package just in time for the holiday season! Author's Patricia McMillan and David Strahan will be at East Terrace signing copies of their new book, "Christmas at America's Landmark Houses" which features East Terrace itself!!! 

These books serve as great gifts for the holidays!! After your book is signed we are offering complimentary gift wrapping with each purchase! 

Dec
5
Dec 13

"Holiday Reflections" Christmas on the Brazos 2015

Tis the Season to be in Waco! Ring in the holiday season with our Christmas extravaganza! This years theme, "Holiday Reflections" will showcase East Terrace this year! The theme of Reflections will not only highlight the location of East Terrace in regards to the Brazos River but also will be a reflection of holiday past as our house will be decorated in different time periods of history! Bring your families and take a trip back in time to celebrate the holiday season!  Check out the hours of operation for the Christmas season for East Terrace as well as our other houses which will be open! 

Signature Events: Breakfast with Santa. December 5th. 9am-11am. Holiday Homes Tour. December 12th. 2 pm-5pm. Candlelight Tour and Soiree. December 12th. 6pm-9pm

 

Dec
5
9:00 am09:00

Breakfast with Santa

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Share your secrets and breakfast treats with Santa! Take a Tour of East Terrace and snap a picture with the man himself! Join us for holiday treats, ornament making, and holiday fun!!

$10 per family

(Price includes photo with Santa) 

Nov
13
11:30 am11:30

Style Show 2015

  • Baylor Club

Mark your calendars! Join us as we look at this years fashion trends and style with our annual Style Show and luncheon. This years show entitled, "Colors of the Season" will feature fashions from local stores and boutiques. The show will take place at the Baylor Club. Parking is available in Lot A.  We are now accepting reservations for tables. Reservations required by November 3rd. Tickets cost $50 per person and tables seat up to 10 people. Call the HWF office (254) 753-5166 or email hwf@hot.rr.com to reserve your seat today!

Oct
2
4:30 pm16:30

First Friday Book Signing with Dr. Ken Hafertepe

Dr. Ken Hafertepe, Associate Professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will be signing copies of his new book, "A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County." The book signing will take place at Papillion Antiques (1025 Austin Ave) from 4:30 pm to 7:30pm. HWF will receive 15% of all sales during that period! 

Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Fall Lecture

Location:  Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 W Waco Dr, Waco

Time: 7:00

Open to the Public

Admission: FREE

Jul
14
Jul 15

HWF Summer Bus Trip

Bus Trip to Historic Jefferson.  Click on "Students and Adults" under Events tab for more information.

Apr
30
May 3

Attic Treasures

HWF is looking forward to its annual attic treasures fundraiser! Come join us for the biggest and most exciting rummage sale of the year! The three day fundraising event promises to have countless items to offer.

Special Admission for the Preview Party must be purchased in advance by calling (254) 753-5166 before April 27th.
Pricing is $35 for HWF members and $45 for non members.
Come enjoy appetizers and drinks while being the first to view this year's Attic Treasures items!

Donate your gently used treasures to HWF's annual sale!
Drop off donations at 4318 W. Waco Dr. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from March 7th - April 29th between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
Call for details and special arrangements.

Artwork by Janet Kruskamp

Artwork by Janet Kruskamp