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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.

Upcoming Events

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FALL LECTURE — Jacob de Cordova

Jewish, Jamaican-born Spaniard, Jacob de Cordova fell in love with the state of Texas during a visit to the United States at a young age. With a heritage as unique as his, de Cordova was bound to make a lasting mark on the world.

Saying de Cordova was a man of great accomplishments is an understatement. He was a successful land agent, and over his lifetime would become the largest landholder int he state of Texas, commanding around one million acres of land. This came as a result of his explorations, exploring more territory than voyager Cabeza de Vaca. His knowledge of the state helped him produce the most well received and accurate map of Texas of his time. His love for Texas motivated him to bring more settlers to his beloved state, even more than Stephen F. Austin.

Of all his accomplishments, establishing the city of Waco is one of his most significant legacies. In 1848, he was given the task to lay out a town along the Brazos River, what would be called, “Waco.” He was quoted saying, “She will be my daughter, and a beautiful daughter she will be” In reference to this new city he laid out. Today, he is celebrated for his heritage and his passion in bringing people together to the state that he loved.

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.

About the lecturer:

David Vann de Cordova, Jr. (“Vann”) was born in Beaumont, Texas, and is a third great-grandson of Jacob de Cordova, Waco’s founding father. Vann practices law and operates a family commercial real estate enterprise. His interest in Jacob started in middle school with a class presentation about a Texas of historical significance. Instead of choosing a regular, like Sam Houston or Stephen F. Austing, Vann contacted a de Cordova great aunt, a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who had a keen interest in Jacob and a collection of de Cordova family paper. When she passed, and because of his interest in Jacob, she left Vann her collection. That started his quest to learn more about Jacob and the de Cordova family, who they were, where they came from, and what they did. Vann’s mission it to research compile, share and preserve for future generations of Texans the rich and interesting legacy of Jacob, and his family.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6:30 P.M.
Lee Lockwood Library
Free Admission

BOOK TALK & SIGNING — Brian Kilmeade
Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers

Join us for an evening with Brian Kilmeade as he is in conversation with Clifton Robinson and Ken Starr. 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.

About the author:

Brian Kilmeade is the coathor of three New York Times bestsellers, George Washington’s Secret Six, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, and Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show The Brian Kilmeade Show. 

The first 150 families will receive a free autographed copy of Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
4-6 P.M.
Lee Lockwood Library
Free Admission

Christmas on the Brazos — Songs of the Season
December 13, 14, and 15
More details to come