More than a dozen organizations from around the county are coming together to promote the study and preservation of local history.

The McLennan County History Coalition, which will have its first organizational meeting May 7, will work to coordinate the efforts of local history groups, said Ken Brittain, vice chairman of the McLennan County Historical Commission.

Those efforts could include history-based marketing and tourism promotion, developing a history audio tour for travelers and documenting historic locations with markers and monuments.

“The main thing is for us to start a calendar of events,” Brittain said, adding that improved communication would keep local history organizations from scheduling conflicting events.

Brittain said the McLennan County Historical Commission is convening the coalition and providing some seed money, but it will be an independent organization with membership drawn from different institutions.

Among the organizations that have expressed interest in joining are the Historic Waco Foundation, the Baylor University Texas Collection, the Mayborn Museum, the McLennan County Archaeological Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Tribune-Herald, the city of Waco and several other cities.

Historic Waco Foundation executive director Don Davis said he sees a need for more coordination among local history groups.

“I think it would be great for us to coordinate so there’s not duplicated effort,” Davis said.

He said one purpose of the group could be to identify the priority for historic structures and places that need to be preserved.

The coalition will meet 11 a.m. May 7 at the South Waco Library, 2737 S. 18th St.

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