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State Designated Institutions / Foundations

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum - Waco  (founded 1964)

The State-designated official museum, monument and repository of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. It is a nonprofit educational institution sanctioned by Texas DPS and the Texas Legislature and sponsored by the City of Waco as a public service. Representatives from the Texas Public Safety Commission, the Texas DPS and ranking officers of the Texas Rangers serve on the Board. Selected by Texas DPS as the steward of the State's Texas Ranger BicentennialTM.

The Texas Ranger Association Foundation - Waco  (founded 1982)

A charitable foundation sanctioned by Texas DPS and affiliated with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco. It provides scholarships for the children of active duty Texas Rangers, assists active and retired Texas Rangers, and supports the educational programs of the Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation - San Antonio (founded 2011)

The charitable foundation created to support the comprehensive efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Works with DPS to develop programs and projects to strengthen the overall services and performance of the Department, recognize valor and sacrifice, and provide scholarships to DPS employees and their families. The Foundation is overseen by an independent Board, including former Texas Public Safety Commissioners.

Other Organizations

 

The Former Texas Ranger Foundation - Fredericksburg (reorganized 1971)

A private foundation recognized as successor to a Texas Ranger fraternal organization. Currently constructing a private museum in the city of Fredericksburg. Not affiliated with the above organizations.

The Buckhorn Saloon Texas Ranger Museum - San Antonio (opened 2006)

A popular commercial Texas Ranger attraction in San Antonio. Affiliated with the private Former Texas Rangers Foundation in Fredericksburg.

 

We have been asked to post the following press release from the Texas Ranger Association Foundation:

 

                                    

PRESS RELEASE

Waco -- The Texas Ranger Association Foundation (TRAF) was created in 1982 to:

  • Assist the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco to perpetuate the history and heritage of the Texas Rangers;
  • Administer a scholarship program for children of active Rangers;
  • Assist Rangers, both active and retired, and their families in emergency relief and assistance.
    Its office is located in Waco on the grounds of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Each year the scholarship program awards 40 or more children of Rangers annual education grants of more than $140,000. The students must be enrolled full-time and meet grade point criteria.

Each June the Texas Ranger Association Foundation sponsors a reunion in Waco for retired and active Rangers and their families and members of the Association. More than 500 regularly attend.

Each of the Ranger companies throughout the state, take part in fund raising for the TRAF programs through golf tournaments, galas and gifts and contributions from foundations and charities. All active Rangers participate in TRAF functions, and a captain from each of the companies serves on the association board.

Byron Johnson, Executive Director of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the state-designated historical center for the Rangers, said, “We have had a productive partnership with the Texas Ranger Association Foundation for more than three decades. Together with TRAF we have preserved and published Ranger history and provided educational programs on this unique heritage to a worldwide audience.”

A statewide board of 40 members governs TRAF, representing all Ranger companies, including the headquarters in Austin.

More information may be obtained about TRAF programs and memberships at 104 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX. 76706 (254-752-1001).

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The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas