History

Doris Miller is one of Waco’s often-overlooked WWII heroes. He was an African American mess man on the U.S.S West Virginia during Pearl Harbor. Fittingly on Pearl Harbor day, Miller’s finally getting a memorial in his honor.


Epic saga of a family with origins dating back to the 19th up to the 20th century.


A selection of books for everyone’s tastes.

    

Memoir of the horrors of the Holocaust by a survivor who witnessed it all


An unlikely premise turns into an informative and wonderful romp in the history of shelves


An important reminder of the horrors of nuclear conflagration. 


The Long and Forgotten History of Texas' Mutualistas

Dec 23, 2016

If you’re a life-long Texan, you many have heard of a mutualistas. These mutual aid societies were part of a long tradition in Mexico, and found their way into Texas in the late 1800s. The organizations worked to provide low-income families with resources they otherwise might not have access to. While most disappeared in the 30s and 40s, throughout Texas today there are still a small number of in operation, including one thriving community mutualista in Waco that’s been around for more than 90 years. 


How Slavery Built Texas

Sep 23, 2016

If you grew up in Texas, you were probably taught about how we fought for independence from Mexico – and later traded sovereignty for U.S. statehood. Why our Texas ancestors made those decisions, though, is sometimes glossed over. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with UNT history professor Andrew Torget about how slavery fueled the Texas Revolution.

Interesting description of London in the years’ of Geoffrey Chaucer.


Behind the Story: Preserving History with Cemeteries

Feb 26, 2016

Welcome to Behind the Story a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we’ll hear about how two women that have spent the last several months recording McLennan County history by documenting cemeteries and gravestones in the area. The task has taken them from larger cemeteries in the county to single-graves in cow pastures. 


Since last October, two local women have been working to record and document every cemetery in McLennan County. The task has taken them from larger cemeteries in the county to single-graves in cow pastures. The duo have documented 120 cemeteries so far. 


Local Author Revives Waco Folklore with 'Maracas Kid'

Aug 19, 2015

The Maracas Kid was a name you’d probably hear around Waco in the 1950s, but today you’d be hard-pressed to find someone familiar with that name or his story. But Ruben Salazar is hoping to change that with his latest book Shake it down!: A Tribute to Gabino Rodriguez.
 


Museum Offers Window Into West History

Jun 21, 2015

In the City of West, community members are opening a long-awaited museum that focuses on the history of the town. The idea stretches as far back as 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2013 that it gained real momentum when the History of West Museum board and members purchased a location for their Museum. 


Waco To Be Featured In C-Span Series

Nov 6, 2014
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Waco will be featured in a series of stories on C-Span in December. A crew from the television station has been touring Waco this week, making stops around downtown and the Baylor campus. 

Jill Ament

The Waco Indian tribe was driven out of Central Texas in the early 19th Century. For almost 80 years a historical marker outside Waco’s Helen Marie Taylor Museum memorialized the event. KWBU’s Jill Ament reports that Native American tribal leaders and local historians have pointed out that the information on the marker had it all wrong.


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