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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 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 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! 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 during the next month. HPLT Members please send your nominations to 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.





Standing Committees

HPLT History & Education

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


Grear Wilson (Chair)
Michelle Clemens
Terri Matthew
Alyce Bartley
Kelly Akers

 Health, Safety & Beautification

Archie Moore (Chair)
Tanya Moore
Joni Lange
Shannon Bergeron
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

Jack & Jan Barton

Danny & Alicia Dunn

James & Donna Hill

Danny & Rebekah Little

John & Dawna Mischtian

Jason & Christine Parks

Foundation Contributor-$100

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

Gary Gosney

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

Cameron & Jamie Roucloux

Kenneth L. Schob

Hance & Kimberly Smith

Will & Lauren Sisco

Jerry & Ann Secrest

Bruce & Jessica Walker

Raleigh & Marianna White

Gable Contributor-$250

Forbes Realty Group, LLC

          Devin Forbes & William Plaster 

Gloria Markle

Pillar Contributor-$500

Art & Jean Coley


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