Temple Historic District
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. 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. (February, 2019)
News & Upcoming Events
The 30th Annual Historic District July 4th Parade was a huge success! Participants of all ages walked or rode non-motorized vehicles along the parade route. Many individuals gathered on lawns for neighborhood parties and/or to cheer on parade participants which included representatives from the Boy Scouts, as well as the police and fire departments. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Bill and Deb Keller as well as all other individuals who contributed their time and resources to provide this All-American, home town venue to celebrate our nation’s founding. Happy Birthday, USA!
Next Historic District Opportunity for Fun! Fall Festival!
Each fall, members of the HPLT gather to mingle and visit as well as to renew their annual memberships and submit dues. Present members as well as potential new members are encouraged to attend our 2019 Octoberfest. This event will be held on the grounds of the “Chinese Mansion” owned by Dr. Gary Gosney, and we look forward to enjoying Dr. Gosney’s kind hospitality! The fall meeting provides a great opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors as well as catch up with HPLT news. Specific details will be available on Facebook, this website, and our newsletter as the date of this event approaches.
Reminder! Check with your neighbors! Make sure your block is 100% enrolled as members! And certainly we extend a membership invitation to all Temple residents and beyond. If you have concerns about local historical preservation, we encourage you to join our organization.
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 the opportunity to do so at this time!
Remember, we have strength in numbers, and together we can accomplish a great deal!