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.
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 and 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 are looking forward to continuing this tradition 2021 (Post Covid-19). 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! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to host the 2020 event which was to be held on October 6 on the grounds of the “Chinese Mansion” owned by Dr. Gary Gosney. However, we look forward to enjoying Dr. Gosney’s kind hospitality again in 2021, and he is looking forward to picking back up where we left off…a year from now! The HPLT does have special events and activities planned to substitute for this fall event so be watching for further details coming soon! And make a note to attend the fall meeting on the first Tuesday in October, 2021. 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 2021!
Please note: Both holiday events below had to be cancelled due to the elevation of Covid-19 cases in our community. We plan to pick back up with these events in 2021 when it is safe to do so. Looking forward to new beginnings in 2021!
Dow and Susan Fogleman have again agreed to provide the 2020 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. The Allens have graciously volunteered to host this holiday celebration again in 2020. 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! Two winners (who are HPLT members) will be chosen six times a year as Yard of the Month properties and will receive local nursery/home improvement gift certificates! One yard is awarded the distinction of Best Landscape, and the other award is given for Best Decoration as related to the theme of the month.
The following themes will be used in selecting the Best Decoration Award Winner: March-Sidewalk Chalk Contest; May-April Showers Bring May Flowers!; July-Patriotic Decor; September- Team Spirit-Support Your Favorite Sports Teams; Oct/Nov-Fall/Harvest Decor; December-Christmas Decor. Too fun!
The HSB Committee asks all HPLT members to submit nominations for Yard of the Month no later than Friday of the second week of each contest month. The HSB will then review and score the nominations during the third week of the contest month and award the winners during the fourth week of the contest month. The winners will keep the sign in their yard until the next award month. HPLT Members please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a Facebook Message at Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) by the deadlines!
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.
HPLT History & Education
Susan Luck (Chair)
Grear Wilson (Chair)
Health, Safety & Beautification
Archie Moore (Chair)
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
Danny & Alicia Dunn
James & Donna Hill
Danny & Rebekah Little
John & Dawna Mischtian
Jason & Christine Parks
Bryce & Cassandra Allen
Todd & Audrey Arnold
Mickey & Alyce Bartley
Camryn Bintz & Jordan Valentin
Nolan and Candy Carpenter
Charlynn & Louis Casey
Tim & Jennifer Davis
Debbie & Randall Evans
Dow & Susan Fogleman
Grady & Beverly Hammett
Foundation Contributor (cont) -$100
John & Sheri Joseph
Jenny Kishiyama & Guy Fogleman
George & Susan Luck
Don & Beth Mackey
Mark & Kay Mayfield
Brittany & Michael Norman
Mark & Dawn Ray
Kenneth L. Schob
Hance & Kimberly Smith
Will & Lauren Sisco
Jerry & Ann Secrest
Bruce & Jessica Walker
Raleigh & Marianna White
Forbes Realty Group, LLC
Devin Forbes & William Plaster
Art & Jean Coley