Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Who is who?
Recent efforts to build a private Texas Ranger Museum in Fredericksburg and the opening of a for-profit Texas Ranger attraction in San Antonio have caused some confusion.
The State Designated Public Historical Center and Charitable Organization
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco (this web site) Is the State-designated official museum, State Monument and repository for the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. It was founded in 1964 and is a nonprofit educational institution sponsored as a public service by the City of Waco.Representatives from the Texas Public Safety Commission, the Texas Department of Public Safety and ranking officers of the Texas Rangers serve on the Board.
The Texas Ranger Association Foundation in Waco IS a charitable foundation endorsed 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 and supports the educational programs of the Hall of Fame and Museum.
A Private Organization and Commercial Attraction
The Former Texas Rangers Foundation and Heritage Center in Fredericksburg
A nonprofit organization with the goal of constructing a private museum. It not affiliated with the official historical center in Waco or the Texas Ranger Association charitable foundation.
The Buckhorn Saloon Texas Ranger Museum in San Antonio
A commercial for-profit Texas Ranger tourist attraction in San Antonio. It is affiliated with the Former Texas Rangers group in Fredericksburg.
We have been asked to post the following press release from the Texas Ranger Association Foundation:
Waco -- The Texas Ranger Association Foundation (TRAF) was created in 1982
Assist the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco to perpetuate the history and heritage of the Texas Rangers;
a scholarship program for children of active 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).