Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, volunteers charge a set fee which is then donated to the museum restoration. If you are interested in discussing your research with one of our volunteers, call us at 940-627-5586 or Email Us at [email protected]. You are always welcome to use the resources in our Archives Room.

Sorry, the Waggoner Mansion is privately owned and is not open to the public.

No, sorry.  Due to a fire that destroyed the Museum in March 2023, museum tours are suspended.  We do offer tours of the Woody Cabin on certain Saturdays.  Please contact us at 940-627-5586 for dates and times.

Contact us and we will be glad to explain all the options available for making a donation. There are also various links on our website where you can donate via debit/credit card or PayPal.  In some cases, you can dedicate specific projects in honor or memory of someone. We will gladly acknowledge your gift to the honoree or the surviving family.

Because our space is limited, it would depend on the size and uniqueness of the item. Contact us to discuss your gift further.

The Commission is a group of persons appointed by the County Judge and approved by the Texas State Historical Commission.  The County Historical Commission is responsible for applying for and maintaining Texas Historical Markers.

 The Historical Society does not have to meet the same criteria as the Commission. Members pay yearly dues and attend monthly meetings, with their primary focus being the restoration of the museum and education of local history.

Yes, simply contact us, and we will gladly provide a speaker. We also have booklets for school children about the history of the county.
It is located on the grounds of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur.

We have digitized versions of the Wise County Messenger dating from the 1880’s and many years of other newspapers such as the Bridgeport Index and the Alvord News.

Yes, and we also have digitized versions of the Decatur News from 1893 until 1933.

You can visit the website of the Texas Historical Commission at thc.texas.gov

We have obituaries from 1980 to the present available digitally.  Please contact us via email and we can send your request.  [email protected]