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The Temple Historic District is a unique asset to the City of Temple and relies on members of the community to protect, enhance, and perpetuate the heritage and integrity of the homes within its borders. We encourage you to become a member or inquire about joining a committee.

Upcoming Events

Each year a resident in the Historic District hosts an Easter Egg Hunt complete with an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Danny and Rebekah Little have hosted this fun-filled event in recent years and have offered to do so again in 2022. Join us at the Littles’ home for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt.  Members- Please bring your children, grandchildren, young friends, and neighbors to join us in the hunt and for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Specific details will be available on Facebook, this website, and our newsletter as the date of this event approaches!

For many years, the Historic District has hosted an annual July 4th Parade to celebrate our nation’s independence. For several years, Bill and Deborah Keller have volunteered to chair this patriotic celebration, and they look forward to continuing the tradition. 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 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!

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 this gathering which is hosted in combination with National Night Out and Oktoberfest! We look forward to enjoying Dr. Gosney’s kind hospitality at the Chinese Mansion again in 2022. This annual event 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 Instagram, and our newsletter as the date of this event approaches in 2022!

Dow and Susan Fogleman have again agreed to provide the 2021 Christmas Hayride and Caroling Event through the Historic District during the month of December. Don’t miss this cheerful opportunity to share the joys of the holiday with your family and friends as well as treating others to the music of the season!

Also in December for the past several years, Scott and Debbie Allen have hosted a delightful Christmas Cookie Exchange party in their festively decorated home. We look forward to this holiday celebration again in 2021. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a variety of confectionary delights contributed by hosts and guests!

Specific details related to both these holiday events will be available on Facebook, this website, and our newsletter as the dates of these events approach!

Our Yard of the Month Activity, which is organized and implemented by our Health, Safety, and Beautification Committee, is in full swing! One HPLT member home in the North Central Temple Historic District will be chosen seven times a year as our Yard of the Month property, and the owners will receive a $50 local nursery/home improvement gift certificate! Three times a year,  one yard will be awarded the distinction of Best Landscape, and four times a year an award will be given for Best Decoration as related to the theme of the month.

The following themes will be used in selecting the Best Decoration Award Winners: July 4th (Patriotic), October (Halloween!), November (Thanksgiving/Harvest), and December (Christmas!). Best Landscape honors will be awarded in May, June, and July.

The HSB Committee will announce the YOTM winner at mid-month of each of the seven award months. We ask all HPLT  decoration winners to continue to display theme decor until the end of the month. Recipients are chosen by the The HSB based on the scoring guide below (landscape months) and by creativity and the extent of decor (decoration months).The winners will keep the sign in their yard during the next month. 

HSB Committee members will use the following scoring rubric in making their selections.

1. General Appearance: Grass mowed and edged, weed free, green with no brown grass = 0-20 

2. Beds cleaned and edged =0-10

3. Walks, driveways, and curbs edged and swept =0-10

4. Shrubs neatly pruned =0-10

5. Color contrast = 0-10 pts

6. General neatness: Garbage cans out of sight; No toys, bikes, etc. on front lawn; hoses rolled up; air conditioners, etc. = 1-20 pts

7. Overall landscape design in keeping with the architecture of the house = 0-10 pts


         A yard cannot win more than once per year.

         A house with a For Sale sign is not eligible to win.

         December/Christmas can only win once every five years.





Standing Committees

HPLT History & Education

Susan Luck (Chair)
Heather Schoenborn
Bev Hammett
Bonnie Fowler
Kay Guedea
Laura Betik


Alyce Bartley (Chair)
Michelle Clemens
Terri Matthew
Kelly Akers
William Plaster

 Health, Safety & Beautification

Archie Moore (Chair)
Tanya Moore
Joni Lange
Rick Gonzalez
Marcy Gonzalez
Jill Owen

The HPLT is very fortunate to work with individuals who stand ready to pitch in as needed. We want to recognize those individuals who contribute by weighting their 2020/21 registration fees above the typical $25 annual contribution. Our Above and Beyond Members include:

Colonnade Contributor -$50

Kelly Akers

Debbie & Scott Allen

Jack & Jan Barton

Danny & Alicia Dunn

Joe & Kay Guedea

James & Donna Hill

Christie Houston

John & Dawna Mischtian

Jason & Christine Parks 

Cameron & Jamie Roucloux

Foundation Contributor-$100

Bryce & Cassandra Allen

Todd & Audrey Arnold

Mickey & Alyce Bartley

Virginia Campbell

Nolan and Candy Carpenter

Charlynn & Louis Casey

Debbie & Randall Evans

Gary Gosney



Foundation Contributor (cont) -$100

Grady & Beverly Hammett

John & Sheri Joseph

Jenny Kishiyama & Guy Fogleman

Kevin & Hope Koch

George & Susan Luck

Don & Beth Mackey

Brittany & Michael Norman

Mark & Dawn Ray

Hance & Kimberly Smith

Jerry & Ann Secrest

Bryan & Suzanne Steeves

Raleigh & Marianna White

Gable Contributor-$250

Dow & Susan Fogleman

Forbes Realty Group, LLC

          Devin Forbes & William Plaster

Mark & Kay Mayfield

Kenneth L. Schob

Bruce & Jessica Walker

Pillar Contributor-$500

Art & Jean Coley


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