Temple Historic District

President’s Welcome

It is an honor to serve on the board of the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) as have so many dedicated individuals during the past 40 years. Please join us in our efforts to protect the history and heritage of property within the designated boundaries of the oldest residential section of the City of Temple, Texas. Whether from Temple or elsewhere, please like, follow, and recommend our Facebook Page (Historic Preservation League of Temple-HPLT), bookmark this renewed www.templehistoricdistrict.org webpage, and request to receive  our emails and reinstated newsletter via our website. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy learning about many of the influential founders of the City of Temple who chose to reside in the area which was eventually designated as the North Central Temple Historic District. We hope you’ll soon plan a drive through the Historic District with educational information in hand to learn more about district homes of significant historical importance. We also want to keep you informed with the details, dates, and times of various activities sponsored by the HPLT.

Forty years ago, approximately 350 individuals from throughout Temple stepped up to preserve the history and heritage of many of the city’s well-known founders and their neighbors who made their homes in the area of land subsequently dedicated as the North Central Temple Historic District. Although the process of obtaining this designation was lengthy and arduous at both local and state levels, these dedicated individuals persevered until receiving the historic district designation. These founding members of the organization understood and accepted the responsibility to safeguard their historic and cultural heritage which in turn enhances the city’s attractiveness to tourists and visitors, stimulates business/industry, and strengthens the economy of the city (see the About Us page of this website to review important founding documents). The City of Temple is proud of its heritage, and the HPLT is committed to sharing in the efforts to preserve the historical assets located within the North Central Temple Historic District!

Dr. S. Alyce Bartley, President, Historic Preservation League of Temple

A Fabulously Festive HPLT Holiday Season 2019!!

Members, potential members, and supporters of the HPLT celebrated the holiday season with great joy and enthusiasm! The beautiful (and delicious) Cookie Exchange party was again hosted by Scott and Debbie Allen. Their cheerily decorated home provided the perfect setting for fun, sampling, and visiting. We’re pleased to report that the Allens have graciously volunteered to host this HPLT tradition again in 2020! Thanks bunches, Scott & Debbie!

And, what fun young and old alike had participating in our HPLT caroling event. Special thanks go to Dow and Susan Fogleman for providing their delightfully decorated trailer, refreshments, and expert chauffeuring throughout the district. A big shout out also to Art Coley and Lennon Coley for providing musical accompaniment and direction, and also to Kelly Akers for volunteering her lovely home for serving refreshments!Last but definitely not least,we appreciate all our carolers who sang their hearts out and filled the air with the holiday spirit. So glad you’re all on the roster for next year! See you in December! Can’t wait!

Next up! HPLT business to attend to then our annual Easter Egg Hunt again hosted by the Littles! Be watching for details as the Easter season approaches!

News & Upcoming Events

Submitted by Alyce Bartley

What an opportune time to take a break from festive fall and holiday activities as we plan for the great thaw in the spring, our Easter Egg Hunt, and pleasant springtime walks through the district.

As we slow down to catch our breaths, this is the perfect time to investigate the City of Temple’s Neighborhood Plan. (See an in-depth explanation archived at the bottom of our About Us page in this website). In a nutshell, we are next on the City of Temple’s list of targeted neighborhoods for improvement plans. The city is giving the citizens of Temple’s residential neighborhoods the opportunity to help decide how funds are used regarding the infrastructure improvement and various other plans! So, don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard regarding neighborhood improvements. Contact Rick Gonzalez, our “Neighborhood Champion” at jongonz71@yahoo.com to give input and/or be ready when he calls. You may also contact our city representative Brittany Chopane at bchopane@templetx.gov. Remember also to refer to our “Letter to City Neighborhood 12-24-19” on this website, About Us page.

As we continue to grow our organization, please remember it takes us all. If you have not submitted your membership registration, please do so now. Download a membership form from the bottom of our “About Us’ page, complete, and drop in the mail. While you’re there, download one or a few for your friends and neighbors! We have strength in numbers!