About Us

The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (HOTRHF) is a regional affiliate for the Texas History Day and National History Day annual competition. As such, HOTRHF operates under the guidelines of the National History Day. HOTRHF covers a 14-county region in Central Texas.

Founded in 1986 under the sponsorship of the Strecker Museum at Baylor University, the HOTRHF is currently sponsored by The Texas Collection at Baylor University. The fair is held each February at the Bill Daniel Student Center at Baylor University.

Participation in the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair develops academic, artistic, and social skills that provide lasting benefit to students in all areas of study. Specifically, students learn to:

  • Conduct in-depth research
  • Use primary and secondary sources
  • Read a variety of texts
  • Analyze and synthesize information
  • Write and present historical content.

HOTRHF encourages teachers to use this program as an aid in teaching not only history, but also writing, research, and presentation skills.

For more information or to get involved in HOTRHF, email our office today.

Board of Directors
Steven Sielaff, President                              
Dr. Elesha Coffman, Vice President
Leanna Barcelona, Secretary                        
Tommy Grusendorf, Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Liaison    
Sylvia Hernandez            
Dr. Julie Holcomb                                            
Judge Matt Johnson
Suzanne Kelly
Dr. Karon LeCompte
Chris Lemley                                     
David Lintz
Dr. Kimberly McCray      
Dr. Stephen Sloan                                           
Richard Strot