About WOW

Mission

Longview World of Wonders inspires a life-long love of learning by giving children the opportunity to imagine, create, and explore in a hands-on educational environment.

History & Future

Longview World of Wonders (LongviewWOW) is a hands-on children’s discovery center located at 112 E Tyler Street, Longview, TX. LongviewWOW is a 501 (c) (3) with a mission to inspire a lifelong love of learning by giving children the opportunity to imagine, create and explore in a hands-on educational environment. Longview WOW began as a museum without walls and was incorporated on August 8, 2012. Through a well-developed capital campaign that raised seventy percent of its $2.4 million goal, the board of directors purchased the present 17,007 sqft building and land on February 5, 2013. In addition, with funds raised from its capital campaign, LWOW was able to remodel and add permanent and rotating exhibits, provide staff, and pay operating expenses. LongviewWOW is located in the heart of Downtown Longview which was designated as a cultural arts district by the Texas Commission of the Arts in 2019. As a participating organization in the cultural district, LongviewWOW collaborates with other organizations to promote the arts and provide an interactive and diverse learning environment serving children and families in a 75-mile radius of East Texas. The surrounding Gregg County population is roughly 120,000, representing 30,000 families in the service area. LongviewWOW serves eight public school districts, providing local students field trips and collaborative educational opportunities. A Museums for All program participant, we have provided reduced admission to 8-10% of our attendees. LongviewWOW is celebrating its 6-year anniversary of providing families with opportunities for hands-on learning, discovery, and play. Looking to the future, Longview World of Wonder’s goal is to continue to grow the programming and special events to expose the children and families of our area to STEAM-rich learning through experiential play. LongviewWOW aspires to provide children with new opportunities to foster creativity and paths to learning. Future plans include creating new and unique exhibits that draw focus to the rich character of East Texas as well as updating current exhibits to include more experiential educational content.

Staff

SARA MCKINLEY

Executive Director

Short Bio

Sara is a Longview native and fightin’ Texas Aggie. She is your patron point of contact for membership questions (email her!), community collaborations and STEAM programming. Sara is passionate about serving Longview through The Junior League. Sara is married to Nathan, Assistant Facilities Director at Texas Bank & Trust and together they are involved with Lifepoint Church and the Spring Hill Athletic Booster Club.
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BETHANY HARA

Education Director

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Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Bethany has found her niche among the Piney Woods. A graduate of LeTourneau University with a BA in Biology Bethany is certified in Texas to teach 4-8 General Science and 9-12 Life Science. She has experience in the public and private school classrooms imparting her vast knowledge and LOVE of science to young minds. When she’s not building erupting volcanoes or circuit boards Bethany leads worship at her church and reads LOTS of YA fiction. She is married to Shawn, who is the Public Information Officer for the City of Longview and mom to Maddie and Max.
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KRISTEN JOHNSON

Bookeeper

Short Bio

Kristen has been an East Texan for over a decade after growing up in Southern Indiana. She got her BBA with a concentration in Accounting from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and her Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Kristen is married to Doug, a Project Engineer at Infinity Project Management. Together they are involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the Hallsville Band and Academic Booster Clubs. They are proud parents of their three children, Addison, Kasen, and Griffin, who keep them busy with various athletic, musical, and academic endeavors. Kristen is an avid college football fan and enjoys cheering for her beloved Notre Dame football team.
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JASMINE SMITH

Marketing Director

Short Bio

Jasmine is a Longview native and an experienced marketer in the East Texas area. She has a heart for kids and has spent years serving them in the community as a gymnastics coach. Through this experience, she quickly discovered that she has a passion for challenging and strengthening the minds and bodies of the youth. Jasmine has a heart for Longview and is a proud alumnus of Letourneau University, where she graduated with honors with a BBA in Business Marketing. She values quality time spent with friends and family and, most importantly, her pup Reba!
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Donors

Thank you for putting our gears in motion to allow the children of East Texas to imagine, create and explore. 

Every effort is made to ensure accuracy in donor recognition. If your company, organization or name has been misspelled or incorrectly listed, please accept our apologies and bring the error to our attention via email, office@longviewwow.org.

Visionary

  • The Crain Foundation
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Architect

  • Want your name here?
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Builder

  • Anonymous
  • Eastman Credit Union
  • Gregg County
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Discoverer

  • Hugman Architecture & Construction
  • LeTourneau University
  • Junior League of Longview
  • Joy Global
  • Wece & Martha Johnson Foundation
  • Rosa Mae Griffin Foundation
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Adventurer

  • Brookshire’s Grocery Co.
  • One Hundred Acres of Heritage Mainstreet
  • Oleum Operating Co.
  • Texas Bank and Trust
  • Tomberlain Family
  • United Healthcare
  • E-B Foundation
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Explorer

  • CCI Group
  • Citizens National Bank
  • Longview Greggton Rotary Club
  • Hollandsworth Family Foundation
  • Joyce Crane
  • Neiman Marcus Distribution Center
  • Network Communications
  • Noah Yoder Family
  • Sherman, Briscoe & Wilkinson Orthodontics
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Imagineer

  • Atmos Energy
  • Martin Gas
  • T.J. & LaVerne Plunkett Foundation
  • Turn-Tex Machine & Tool
  • Inhouse Associates
  • The Lundy Family
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Designer

  • Dr. Peggy and Howard Coghlan
  • ESA Consulting, LLC
  • First Bank & Trust East Texas
  • Johnson & Pace Incorporated
  • KSA Engineering
  • Linda Butter Thomas
  • Mr. and Mrs. Blake Gage
  • Ronnie Rice
  • Wholesale Supply, Inc.
  • Judson Lions Club
  • AEP/SWEPCO
  • Team Teagan
  • Phillips Flooring
  • Kellyn Drayer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jamey Walker
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steve Altmiller
  • Dr. and Mrs. Randy Williams
  • Scott Gibson
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Engineer

  • Mr. and Mrs. Sam Smead
  • Dr. and Mrs. Chris Mack
  • Dr. and Mrs. Andy Mack
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Supporter

  • Frankie Parson Riggins
  • Dr. and Mrs. Larry Smith
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kelly Mack
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Hayes
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Flory
  • Dr. and Mrs. Brian Williams
  • Dr. and Mrs. Henry Gor
  • Diane and Stephen Rogers
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Friend

  • Dr. and Mrs. Byron Wadley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dayne Welborn
  • The Progressive Step Corp
  • Carolyn B. Ramirez
  • Angela Wright
  • Maneysa Huskey
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