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Since 1980, the Webb County Heritage Foundation has dedicated itself to promoting the history and heritage of Laredo and the border region through a comprehensive working package of year-round tourism venues, a historical archive for local and visiting researchers, walking and step-on tours, annual events and historical exhibits, workshops on historic preservation topics, collaborative projects with state-wide and national preservation organizations, presentations on historical subjects to civic and school groups, and multimedia information tools on heritage educational topics and heritage tourism. Brochures, tour maps, and booklets published by the WCHF are the primary promotional tools used by the City of Laredo to promote our community as a heritage tourism destination. Indeed, the Walking and Step-On tours of Laredo provided by the WCHF are the only professional tours of the city that exist in this community.

The Heritage Foundation operates two history museums – the Republic of the Rio Grande® Museum and the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum – that are open year-round and represent the only place that visitors can learn about Laredo and Webb County’s origins and historical development. The Webb County Heritage Foundation sponsors the annual celebration of the founding of Laredo, again, the only organization to do so and the only organization that systematically promotes Laredo and Webb County as a heritage tourism destination.

through the years

  • 1994 - The Webb County Heritage Foundation undertook the $400,000 restoration of the Republic of the Río Grande Museum. 
  • 2001- With an initial 1.5 million commitment from the county of Webb, land acquisition was begun for the Villa Antigua Project.
  • 2005- The Border Heritage Museum opens.
  • 2011- With funding support from the Texas Historical Commission, and the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, the WCHF started digitization of its historic archival collections. 
  • 2015- The Heritage Walking Tour of Historic Laredo was listed as the “#1 Thing to Do” in Laredo on the TripAdvisor website.
  • 2015- The WCHF launched a completely re-designed website that has garnered spectacular statistics reflecting visits and visitors to that site.
  • 2016- The WCHF secured funds to rehabilitate another historic downtown property at 819 Zaragoza St. 
  • 2020- The WCHF commemorated its 40th anniversary as Laredo’s premiere historic preservation organization.
  • 2020- Despite the city-wide closure of its two museums during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the Heritage Foundation successfully transitioned to offering programming to the public online through a series of virtual events, tours, and presentations. 
  • 2021- the WCHF launched a new campaign called “History NOW.” The History NOW campaign provided history and heritage programming and services to the public in a more secure and accessible way through outdoor exhibits, video and virtual programming, and self-guided walking tours.

Webb County Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


Address: 500 Flores Avenue

Laredo, Texas 78040

Call: (956) 727-0977

Email: heritage@webbheritage.org

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