Rockwall County Historical Foundation

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation was organized January 16, 1978, with 21 people attending the first meeting at the Chamber of Commerce building.  The desire to preserve the heritage of Rockwall County was the main focus of these people as they adopted bylaws and elected officers and directors.

Charter Members numbered sixty-two.  These first members heard guest speakers who explained how to organize and suggested projects, which the foundation might do in order to preserve the history of the county.    Today’s members continue to make it their primary goal to pursue projects that will help preserve the area’s rich historical and cultural heritage. 

Some of the ongoing projects of the Foundation consist of:

  • Maintaining the permanent museum home and opening it at regular designated times;

  • Taping oral histories from elderly people who know about or lived in the early days of Rockwall County and include “Southside” histories from the African American community;

  • Preservation and designation of historic districts, sites, structures and objects significant in Rockwall County and Texas history, architecture, archaeology and culture through photos and written documentation and the Rockwall County Historical Marker Award Program;

  • Promoting the use of historical districts and landmarks for the educational pleasure and welfare of the people in the area;

  • Serving as a clearing house for the organizations, agencies, institutions and museums that have an interest in the preservation of the historical heritage of Rockwall County;

  • Maintaining the History of Cemeteries in Rockwall County.;

  • Providing safekeeping, preservation and display of important Texas and Rockwall County historical papers, documents and artifacts;

  • Sponsoring events such as the American Gothic art fundraiser and dinner. Participating in Rockwall Founders’ Day by opening all buildings on the museum grounds for everyone to tour;

  • Publication and distribution of educational materials to assist in the preservation of Texas and Rockwall County history through the following:  Printing of RCHF Rock Wall brochures for distribution at the Library, Chamber of Commerce and local hotels; sale of the Rockwall County History Book, History of Rockwall County 1842 – 1968 by O. L. Steger, Sr., Dr. Glenn’s book The Photographic Essays of the Rock Wall, Images of America, Rockwall, Rockwall Then & Now, Images of America, Royse City and Legendary Locals by Sheri Fowler and Images of America, Heath by Austin Wells;

  • Maintaining  and contributing to a separate Memorial Fund for deceased Foundation Members.