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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.

Field Trips

The goal of field trips at Historic Waco Foundation is to offer A customized hands-on learning experience for Every student and teacher. Students will not only learn about Waco's influential families, but also explore topics allowing them to connect elements of today's life with life in the 19th century. 

Each field trip includes a guided tour of one of our historic houses, a presentation based on a theme of your choosing, and a hands on activity related to your theme.

Price: $5.00 per student/ per house

Available Field Trip Themes

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Back in Time

K-5th Grade
Travel back in time to before electronic games and toys, and cooking was much more complicated than it is now. Try on clothes, play with toys, learn about the family that lived in one of the historic houses.

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Suspension Bridge

4th-7th Grade
Gather on the Suspension Bridge and learn the science and the history of this bridge. Travel to one of the houses of an early Waco citizen who was instrumental in building the bridge and apply the science of bridge making to your own.

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Transportation & Migration

4th-7th Grade
Learn what it was like to travel before automobiles and moving vans. This programs looks at where early citizens of Waco and Texas migrated from and the means they took to get there.
Image courtesy of Texas Collection


Medicine & Health

5th-8th Grade
The kitchen garden was often the medicine cabinet for early Waco citizens and these “medicines” often treated only the symptoms and not the cause of the illness. Engage in Victorian PE class, and get the heart rate moving.


Stories, Symbols, & Sites

4th-5th Grade
Held on the grounds of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, students learn about early movers and shakers in Waco and what their monuments tell us about them. A scavenger hunt around the historic blocks reveal much about the people buried there.
Image Courtesy of Oakwood Cemetery


History, Art, & Symbols

6th-8th Grade
Held on the grounds of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, students will learn about the art displayed on monuments and what this tells us about historic figures of Waco and McLennan County. Careful observations of the monuments will uncover the epitaphs, and what these reveal about the deceased.
Image Courtesy of Oakwood Cemetery


Christmas Time

Offered only during the holidays, this is a look back at the Victorian Christmas customs and how children in earlier days celebrated the holidays.