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 the first edition of our reinstated newsletter. 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 side Historic District of Temple. 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 home in the area of land subsequently dedicated as the North Central 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. 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 historic district of Temple!

Dr. S. Alyce Bartley, President, Historic Preservation League of Temple. (February, 2019)

News & Upcoming Events

The Easter Egg Hunt!

The Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14, was a great success! Children were on the run filling each basket to the brim and taking photos with the Easter Bunny! The adults enjoyed watching the excitement and visiting with each other. A special thanks is extended to our hosts, Danny and Rebekah Little as well as their children who assisted with Easter Bunny duties and treat preparation. The Littles have already volunteered to be our Easter hosts again in 2020, so everyone mark your calendar for same time, same place next year!

July 4th Parade!

For many years, the Historic District has hosted an annual July 4th Parade to celebrate our nation’s independence. For the past several years, Bill and Deborah Keller have volunteered to chair this patriotic celebration, and they are looking forward to presiding over the event again in 2019. A procession of decorated bikes, pets, and individuals dressed in red, white, and blue march proudly alongside group participants such as Boy Scout troops and Fire Department personnel in fire trucks. The parade typically starts on at 9:00AM, on July 4th, at the intersection of French and North 9th Streets and ends at the intersection of Nugent and North 9th Streets. We invite all to join in this special occasion to express our patriotism and appreciation to those who sacrificed for our nation’s freedom. Specific details will be available on Facebook, this website, and our newsletter as the date of this event approaches!

Membership News!

News Flash! The 1000 and 1100 Blocks of N. 9th Street are both members of 100% Membership Club! Every household in these blocks has joined as members of the HPLT! Several other blocks lack only one or two homes joining to be designated as official members of the 100% Membership Club, also! Check with your neighbors! Make sure your block is 100%! 

And don’t forget our motto…You + 2!!! Be sure you join then get 2 more to join! Check on the “About Us Page”-Documents at the bottom for blank membership forms. Just complete, add annual fee, and drop in the mail to the PO Box listed on the membership form. If your household has not already signed up as members of the HPLT, please take this opportunity to do so at this time!

Remember, we have strength in numbers, and together we can accomplish a great deal!