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We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

Waco Hispanic Museum Spotlight


To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight the Waco Hispanic Museum for our Business Spotlight this month.

As a small treasure of rich history, the Waco Hispanic Museum holds memories, stories, and connections to the lives of many of the Hispanic community members of Waco. The museum, located in the South Waco Recreation Center holds pictures, dolls, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and so much more. These objects give a glimpse into what life looked like in Waco’s past for many community members.

When you enter, you will be greeted by Louis Garcia. He is the manager of the Waco Hispanic Museum and the President of La Mutualista-a second, well-known, South Waco monument. Louis will proudly walk you through each section of collected stories and tell you an oral history of the piece you are looking at.

Each story, filled with so much history, will take you back. The art displayed, drawn by local artists who lived in areas such as Sandtown, Calle Dos, and what is now, South Waco, will help you picture the stories being shared with you. Maps will also help provide insight into the historical lens, along with stories of “La Pila”, which was where community members gathered at the time.

The Waco Hispanic Museum will take you into a history you may have not heard of before. It holds the story of so many lives of the Hispanic community members of Waco. The museum is free to all and will provide priceless memories for you, your friends, family, and community.

The Waco Hispanic Museum is open to the community and is available to class/group showings as well. Contact the South Waco Community Center to learn more about an opportunity to visit the museum.

-Nataly Sanchez

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