Open Museum Meeting: COMING HOME TO BASTROP, 1948 – TODAY


Historical Society Celebrates Bastrop’s Homecoming Jubilee with Open Meeting

During post-World War II, Bastrop was in crisis. With the closing of Camp Swift, a major Army training base during the war, the county of Bastrop plunged into economic doldrums. The idea for a big homecoming celebration where former residents could come back to Bastrop was put into action in 1948.

For its planned quarterly meeting, The Bastrop County Historical Society (BCHS) presents ‘Coming Home to Bastrop, 1948 to Today’. It is a special dedication to the history of the Bastrop Homecoming Jubilee.

Date:Thursday, July 25, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Where: historic Kerr Center, 1308 Walnut Street, Bastrop, TX.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

“‘Coming Home to Bastrop, 1948 to Today’ is an evening of reflection and celebration as we explore the historical significance of the Bastrop Homecoming Jubilee. It’s an excellent opportunity for the community to share their memories and learn about the traditions that have shaped Bastrop’s identity,” says Sherri Gilmore, BCHS board president.

The meeting features a panel of local resident historians, including Dock Jackson, Johnny Sanders, and Tommy Claiborne, who share their own personal Homecoming stories and discuss the rich history and enduring tradition of Bastrop's Homecoming Jubilee. The first celebration, held on August 13-15, 1948, was a pivotal event that brought together former residents for a grand reunion, filled with parades, rodeos, dances, and other festivities. This year’s 77th Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo runs July 30 through August 3, 2024 at the Mayfest Hill Park and includes many of the same festivities.

“The Bastrop Homecoming has been a tradition since 1948. This quarterly meeting is dedicated to the pictorial and oral history of Homecoming. It’s sure to be a fun opportunity to revisit our past while celebrating the continuation of our town’s iconic Homecoming Jubilee,” says Glenda Dayton, Vice President of BCHS Board of Directors. 

The Bastrop County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible, non-profit organization incorporated in 1952. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history of Bastrop County. The Society supports the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center through memberships, donations, grants, admissions and gift shop sales. These contributions enable the Society to maintain exhibits, organize educational programs, and offer community events that celebrate the county's heritage. Through the support of its members and donors, the Historical Society ensures that Bastrop's history is accessible and engaging for both residents and visitors.

For more information about this event, membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center at 512-303-0904.