Houston historian starts new nonprofit to teach children history
As the fourth graders from Ms. Raleigh Fitzpatrick’s class boarded the Houston History Bus on Monday, May 20, the mid-morning heat and humidity was setting in. But the students were unphased.
The end of school was drawing near, and the students came with lots of questions for “Mister McKinney” but mostly listened attentively as he shared rich stories about the people and places of their neighborhood from years gone by.
R. W. McKinney has been educating Houstonians of all ages for 17 years and has now founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit called the Houston Historical Foundation, which will focus on funding tours on the Houston History Bus that teach children about their community’s history. Right now, the organization is largely in the fundraising stage — just getting started — but raised enough to fund three weeks of history tours for children in Heights schools.