We were not orphans — Stories from the Waco State Home

“We were not orphans. Our parents were living; they just couldn’t take care of us.” This poignant remark captures the heartbreaking reality faced by thousands of “dependent and neglected” children from the 1920s through the 1970s who grew up at The Waco State Home.

On Friday, February 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium (Draper Academic Building), TheTexas Collection presents an afternoon with noted advocate and former Baylor student, Sherry Matthews, author of We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home.

A book signing and reception will follow at The Texas Collection. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to rsvp@wewerenotorphans.com or by calling 512.600.3711


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  • Judy Reamy

    April 17, 2011 at 1:40 am Reply

    My sibs (8 of us) and I were placed into the State Home @1966. I left for the last time in spring of 1974. My older brother left a couple of years before that and my sisters and younger brother were destined to be there for a lot longer. We hated being there, and each of us ran away several times, but it was the best thing that could have happened to us. Even with all the atrocities that were committed, and there were many, our lives would have been very different without that experience. With all the bad, there was a lot of good.

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