Submerse Yourself In Van Alstyne History

Van Alstyne has a long, vibrant history and we are blessed to have that history well documented, and well preserved. We have the Van Alstyne Historical Museum, which moved to its new, beautifully appropriate location at at 130 N Waco St., we also have the Van Alstyne Historical Society, and the Van Alstyne Cemetery Association.  The local Grayson College South Campus also holds monthly lectures, which regularly hosts Dusty Williams, who is highly involved in every single one of these organizations.   These organizations are a wealth of interesting information about Van Alstyne and our region!

Also, did you know there are 9 state historical markers in Van Alstyne city limits:
Van Alstyne City #020 (Dorothy Fielder Park, on Van Alstyne Parkway and N. Main St.):
Boy Scout Troop 1 (Troop 44) #029.1: (300 5th Ave.)
Collin McKinney #021: (Van Alstyne Cemetery – see below)
First United Methodist Church #023 (Located at Preston and Fulton streets) dedicated in 1917.
Mantua Masonic Lodge #209 A.F. and A.M. marker #024 (201 N. Waco)
Umphress-Taylor Home #025 (109 E. Paris). Queen Anne and Classical Revival home built in 1903.
Barron-Veazey Home #025 (104 Umphress) Prairie-influenced home built in 1905.
Site of Campus of Old Columbia College #027 (203 S. College)
First Christian Church #022 organized on this site in 1877

To get involved, you can visit the museum, join or donate to the historical societies, attend a Grayson College lecture, or even just attend one of our City Council meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall at 6:30 where many important details about he past, and the future, are shared.

Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne