WICHITA COUNTY HERITAGE SOCIETY INC

Saving the Past for the Future!

aka WCHS & Kell House Museum   |   Wichita Falls, TX   |  kellhouseheritagecenter.org

Mission

To promote the heritage of Wichita County through preservation, restoration, and education.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Delores Culley

Main address

900 Bluff St

Wichita Falls, TX 76301 USA

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EIN

75-1575382

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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Preservation Awards

WCHS recognizes and awards the efforts of individuals, businesses, and non-profits that practice historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation each year with our Preservation Awards. Award categories include Preservation, Restoration, Adaptive Reuse, and Phoenix Awards for both residential and commercial properties, as well as individual honors for Preservation Service, Special Achievement, Pioneer Spirit, and Appreciation. An awards banquet to celebrate their achievements is held during National Preservation Month.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Kell House, built by Frank Kell in 1909, and located at 900 Bluff is the grand dame and crown jewel of Wichita Falls. Former home of the Kell family and purchased by WCHS in 1980, she is in need of tender love and care. The current project of WCHS is to rehabilitate the Kell House Museum to its former glory. The process began in 2011, and foundation stabilization has been completed. A Capital Campaign was launched in 2017 to raise the money needed for remaining areas in need of repair. Work on the historic house museum began in November 2021 and is projected to continue through June 2022. The current restoration work will concentrate on the exterior, and include window restoration, porch repair, woodwork restoration, and brick repointing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This wonderful, family-friendly event has been a staple of Wichita Falls’ Independence Day since the Kell House first opened. The morning begins with a children’s bike, trike, and stroller parade that also includes antique car and specialty categories. The parade winds its way from downtown to the Kell House, where a patriotic program including parade winners, speeches, music, and skits awaits on the front porch. After the program, fun and games are available until Noon. This public favorite takes place every year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Possibly the most beloved of all Kell House events, Santa House is a celebration of the Christmas season. For ten days, the Museum is transformed into a winter wonderland of the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of Christmas. Children are guided through a special tour of the Museum, including a Christmas themed play, a visit with Santa, special visit to Mrs. Claus kitchen, and making an ornament to take home. This is a wonderful first impression for little ones of how much fun learning about history can be!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Geared toward 2nd graders, the program focuses on the cultural and technological advances occurring in the early 1900s, teaching and reinforcing language arts, science, and social studies. It highlights TEKS skills through 5 hands-on learning stations, including creating calling cards, making string telephones, making butter, planting flower seeds and playing period games. The scheduling of this event coincides with STAAR testing on the elementary school level, prime field trip time for younger grades.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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Financials

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WICHITA COUNTY HERITAGE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Katie Britt

Kathy Roach

Tracy Minter

Jared Fisher

Diana Bohuslav

Rodney Martin

Monica Weddle

Joan Swanner

Jeanette Charos

Mary Draper

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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