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Texas Collection dedicates 4 Texas Historical Markers on Baylor campus

Oct. 23, 2009

Memories, history, and tradition are an important part of homecoming at Baylor. As Baylor celebrates its homecoming's 100th anniversary, the state of Texas will now recognize 4 sites on Baylor campus, some over a century old.

That was Brian Reed, historian. He did research on two of the sites receiving Texas historical markers. The project was a collaboration between the Texas Collection and Dr. Michael Parrish. Dr. Parish orchestrated the historical marker project with eight Baylor graduate students.

Four sites in the Burleson quadrangle received Texas historical markers today. Emily Tinsely presented the historical importance and perspective. She is the president-elect of the Baylor Alumni Association.

Generations of Baylor Bears, faculty and staff have been a part of this area of Baylor. The sites were around since Baylor's very beginnings in Waco, around the turn of the 20th century. The different buildings boast architecture in the Victorian, Gothic and Beaux Arts style. The bricks in the quadrangle bear the names of generations of Baylor families. Michele Toon is the chair of the McLennan County historical commission, says these sites at Baylor are also part of the history of McLennan County.

The application process took a year and a half, and was planned to coincide with Baylor's 100th Homecoming Anniversary. DM Edwards of Tyler Texas provided funding for the markers. The markers are present at Old Main, the George W. Carol Science Building, Georgia Burleson Hall, and Burleson Quadrangle.

You can hear this story and more at KWBU.org. For KWBU news, I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.

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