Abilene Preservation League

Abilene Preservation League Visit our website:www.abilenepreservation.org
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We are passionate about Preservation!

Mission: The Mission of the Abilene Preservation League is to preserve historic properties and promote preservation

Don't forget! You have the chance to win a prize while learning about Abilene's Mid-Century Modern Architecture! See bel...
05/18/2020
www.abilenepreservation.org

Don't forget! You have the chance to win a prize while learning about Abilene's Mid-Century Modern Architecture! See below:

🕵️‍♀️Are you interested in learning about Mid-Century Modern architecture in Abilene (and possibly winning a prize for it)? We created a printable scavenger hunt coloring book that you can download here ➡️https://www.abilenepreservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Updated-2020-Mid-Century-Modern-Scavenger-Hunt_-The-Coloring-Book-1.pdf

This project is supported by a grant from Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the City of Abilene. Happy Hunting!

Abilene Preservation League's cover photo
05/06/2020

Abilene Preservation League's cover photo

The Abilene Preservation League Board and Staff are full of gratitude for our members, donors and supporters. You are th...
05/06/2020

The Abilene Preservation League Board and Staff are full of gratitude for our members, donors and supporters. You are the reason Abilene continues to grow in knowledge of, appreciation for, and desire to preserve our beloved historical sites and buildings. Thank you! 👏

And thank you to Community Foundation of Abilene for hosting such an impactful day for our community of nonprofits, Abilene Gives! 👏

We are blown away by your generosity! As of 9:00 pm, generous donors have given $6,540.00 to the APL through Abilene Giv...
05/06/2020
Support Abilene Preservation League in #AbileneGives! | Abilene Gives 2020

We are blown away by your generosity! As of 9:00 pm, generous donors have given $6,540.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! And there are still 3 hours left of giving! Thank you! 👏

If you would like to support the Abilene Preservation League, you can view our profile and give here: https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/apl

Donations can be as small as $10. Thank you!

I’m ready to support Abilene Preservation League on May 5, 2020 during Abilene Gives 2020. Learn more about Abilene Preservation League and all the other organizations participating in #AbileneGives.

As of 4:30 pm, generous donors have given $3,890.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! Thank you!An anonymous donor has a...
05/05/2020

As of 4:30 pm, generous donors have given $3,890.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! Thank you!
An anonymous donor has agreed to match funds up to $500 for gifts given through the APL's fundraising champion profiles. In this post we're highlighting fundraising champion, Annabel's profile, which you can find here: https://www.abilenegives.org/p2p/145056/annabel-house

Donations can be as small as $10. Thank you!

As of 3:30 pm, generous donors have given $3,690.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! Thank you!An anonymous donor has a...
05/05/2020

As of 3:30 pm, generous donors have given $3,690.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! Thank you!

An anonymous donor has agreed to match funds up to $500 for gifts given through the APL's fundraising champion profiles. In this post we're highlighting fundraising champion, Morgan's profile, which you can find here: https://www.abilenegives.org/p2p/137333/morgan-paschal-6da77420-8754-42ea-9598-8f79ea32b061

Donors have already given $250 through her fundraising page (offline donations are not visible in the profile count)!

Donations can be as small as $10. Thank you!

Thank you, Everyone, for your generous giving! The APL is now at $3,165.00 in donations! We also won the 1pm Abilene Giv...
05/05/2020

Thank you, Everyone, for your generous giving! The APL is now at $3,165.00 in donations! We also won the 1pm Abilene Gives random drawing for bonus cash courtesy of Laurie and Bob Eagle! THANK YOU!

Bonus Cash Update! Our #AbileneGives heroes making this round of prizes possible are Laurie and Bob Eagle.

Random drawing results:

$500 - Abilene Preservation League and Day Nursery of Abilene

$250 - St. Mark's Episcopal Church Baby Room

$100 - Abilene Big Country Ambucs Chapter and KGNZ Radio

#AbileneGives #NowMoreThanEver

WOW, thank you! As of 11:00 am, generous donors have given $2,350.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives! An anonymous dono...
05/05/2020

WOW, thank you! As of 11:00 am, generous donors have given $2,350.00 to the APL through Abilene Gives!

An anonymous donor has agreed to match funds up to $500 for gifts given through the APL's fundraising champion profiles. This hour we're highlighting fundraising champion, Josh's profile, which you can find here: https://www.abilenegives.org/p2p/142092/josh-black

Donations can be as small as $10. Thank you!

Today is the day to support Abilene non-profits! You have until midnight to give through Abilene Gives! Support the APL ...
05/05/2020

Today is the day to support Abilene non-profits! You have until midnight to give through Abilene Gives! Support the APL by going to ➡️ https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/apl

Thank you!
#abilenegives #nowmorethanever

Thank you to Doug Mendenhall for this heartfelt tribute to our late Executive Director, Jim Stuart, and for highlighting...
05/04/2020
That tiny pink plant has grown since it was shared so lovingly — Jesus in the food court

Thank you to Doug Mendenhall for this heartfelt tribute to our late Executive Director, Jim Stuart, and for highlighting Connecting Caring Communities and the Abilene Preservation League for Abilene Gives in this beautifully written column.

Early last May, I wrote about the abduction of one of our two frilly, raspberry-colored dianthus plants from just outside the picket fence. It was tiny but beautiful, and I mourned its kidnapping. I wondered if the hole left in the ground and the hole left in my heart were omens in favor of retreat

🕵️‍♀️Are you interested in learning about Mid-Century Modern architecture in Abilene (and possibly winning a prize for i...
05/04/2020
www.abilenepreservation.org

🕵️‍♀️Are you interested in learning about Mid-Century Modern architecture in Abilene (and possibly winning a prize for it)? We created a printable scavenger hunt coloring book that you can download here ➡️https://www.abilenepreservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Updated-2020-Mid-Century-Modern-Scavenger-Hunt_-The-Coloring-Book-1.pdf

This project is supported by a grant from Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the City of Abilene. Happy Hunting!

Morgan supports the Abilene Preservation League because our historical buildings tell the stories of our past and help i...
05/01/2020

Morgan supports the Abilene Preservation League because our historical buildings tell the stories of our past and help inform us about our city's cultural identity. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Abilene Gives early giving is going on now! Will you support the APL? You can do so by donating through Morgan's Abilene Gives fundraising page, which can be found here: https://www.abilenegives.org/p2p/137333/morgan-paschal-6da77420-8754-42ea-9598-8f79ea32b061

Thank you! 👏
#abilenegives #nowmorethanever

Annabel supports the Abilene Preservation League because she loves old buildings!Abilene Gives early giving is going on ...
04/30/2020

Annabel supports the Abilene Preservation League because she loves old buildings!

Abilene Gives early giving is going on now! Will you support us? You can do so by donating through Annabel's Abilene Gives fundraising page, which can be found here: https://www.abilenegives.org/p2p/145056/annabel-house

Thank you! 👏
#abilenegives #nowmorethanever

👏 Thank you to our generous donors! And thank you to Community Foundation of Abilene for creating this timely grant oppo...
04/21/2020

👏 Thank you to our generous donors! And thank you to Community Foundation of Abilene for creating this timely grant opportunity supporting our community of non-profits!

This funding will go towards our operational and overhead expenses, allowing us to continue to lead historic preservation in our great city, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you!

Another virtual tour from Jay Moore and The Grace Museum!
04/20/2020
The Grace Museum

Another virtual tour from Jay Moore and The Grace Museum!

It's Friday which means our friend Jay Moore has shared a new virtual tour! This weekend we are sharing "A Continuing Tour of Arboreal Abilene: Part 2 of 3". Check out the fully interactive map and view some of Abilene's historic trees.

04/15/2020
Community Foundation of Abilene

We’re so excited to be a part of #abilenegives! You can support the Abilene Preservation League by visiting https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/apl and donating on May 5th. #abilenegives #nowmorethanever

We all need somebody to lean on.

These two minutes feature nonprofits participating in Abilene Gives, a 24-hour day of giving happening May 5 at abilenegives.org.

Abilene needs our nonprofits. And they need us. #NowMoreThanEver #AbileneGives

04/14/2020

Thanks to you we have been able to accomplish many projects, and still have many in the pipeline. However, like many non-profits, our funding has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and we need your support now more than ever to continue our mission in leading historical preservation in Abilene.

We are doing our best to cut costs, but still need your support to weather this storm.

Our overhead costs for 2 months total $6,826.82. Generous donors have already raised $2,800. Wow, thank YOU!

Will you consider donating today? Every amount, no matter the size, helps. Also, will you please share this post! Thank you!

Donate here: https://cfa.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?grant_id=38580&fbclid=IwAR35dg_N-MrRysNr8w63KcrIZECgSIFxj_hdnyxkKAXc7uTJBO1xg4WERcg

Did you know? McMurry University's Old Main was recognized as an Honor Award recipient by Preservation Texas in 2018 for...
04/13/2020

Did you know? McMurry University's Old Main was recognized as an Honor Award recipient by Preservation Texas in 2018 for its successful restoration. See the before and after photos below.

Honor Awards #beforeandafter Old Main/McMurry University in Abilene, TX #restoration #preservation #preservationtexas #history #architecture #texas

Take a virtual tour of a “Neighborhood of Churches,” by historian Jay Moore and The Grace Museum. Please note that this ...
04/13/2020
The Grace Museum

Take a virtual tour of a “Neighborhood of Churches,” by historian Jay Moore and The Grace Museum. Please note that this tour is intended to be virtual only at this time.

Please follow all current state and local regulations related to the Covid-19 travel restrictions. Using Google Street View on the interactive map - you should be able to spot all of these location.

Take a virtual tour of this Neighborhood of Churches, created for The Grace Museum by historian Jay Moore. Click the images below to tour and learn about the significance of each Abilene site with our fully interactive map.

Happy Friday, everyone!  Trying to find a movie to watch this weekend? Consider one of these preservation-themed movies....
04/10/2020
15 Awesome Movies About Preservation | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Happy Friday, everyone! Trying to find a movie to watch this weekend? Consider one of these preservation-themed movies. If you have any others you want to share, feel free to comment below! 🎬

Next time you're in the mood for a movie, think about watching one with a preservation theme. We've got some suggestions!

Trying to find an activity you can do from home? The Grace Museum and Jay Moore created this interactive "Abilene Histor...
04/09/2020
The Grace Museum

Trying to find an activity you can do from home? The Grace Museum and Jay Moore created this interactive "Abilene History in Plain Sight Drive-By Tour." Please note that this tour is intended to be virtual only at this time.

Please follow all current state and local regulations related to the Covid-19 travel restrictions. Using Google Street View on the interactive map - you should be able to spot all of these location.

Need a (virtual) diversion?? Take a look through our interactive map and read about some of our city's most unusual trees. While trees may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of West Texas, this Abilene Tree Tour may surprise you. Thanks to Jay Moore for another wonderful trip through Abilene History in Plain Sight!

📚 Good Morning! Are you looking for books for your teenagers or kids to read while staying home? Here is a list of books...
03/31/2020
10 Preservation Books for Children and Teens | National Trust for Historic Preservation

📚 Good Morning! Are you looking for books for your teenagers or kids to read while staying home? Here is a list of books that will introduce them to historic places and the importance of preservation: https://savingplaces.org/stories/preservation-books-for-children-and-teens#.XoJKKS2ZPzI

If you have an Abilene Public Library Card, you can access Hoopla to borrow digital books for free!

Have any books you want to add to the list? Please share below!

This list of preservation-themed kids' books are sure to jump-start your little one's passion for old places.

03/17/2020

Coronavirus update:

Our administrative team continues to actively monitor the global spread of COVID-19. While we still work toward the mission of the Abilene Preservation League, some aspects of our daily operations will be affected. We will not provide tours of the Elks Arts Center or viewings of the event space from March 16th through March 29th.

In order to protect our staff and public interest the APL will follow the recommendations of the CDC and local medical professionals regarding “social distancing.” This might lead to postponement or cancellation of planned events at the facility. Any request to change an event occurring now through April 30th will not incur any fees. Reschedule dates must occur before December 31st, 2020. We will refund any deposits upon cancellation of an event scheduled before April 30th.

We appreciate your patience in these trying times and will keep the public posted on any updates as they become available.

I've seen "Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020" list, but don't know what to do. How can I take action? 🤔If you're not...
03/06/2020
Join - Abilene Preservation League

I've seen "Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020" list, but don't know what to do. How can I take action? 🤔

If you're not already a member of the APL, join today! A strong league is necessary in order to take collective action.
To become a member:
1) Click here: https://www.abilenepreservation.org/join/
2) Select your desired membership level
3) Follow the directions on Paypal

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Join Abilene Preservation League Together, we can save Historic Abilene’s buildings, mansions, residential structures! Get Involved! Abilene Preservation League is an organization where members, volunteers and staff work hand-in-hand. To save many Abilene buildings, mansions, residential structure...

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 20204. West Texas Utilities Power & Ice Plant 🏭Address: 102 North Second StreetDesignat...
03/05/2020

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020

4. West Texas Utilities Power & Ice Plant 🏭
Address: 102 North Second Street
Designation: Local, National
Condition: Fair
Owner: AEP Texas North Generation Co LLC
Building Type: Industry/Processing; Electricity generating plant for most of 20th century; ice plant until 1951
Year Built: 1922

A symbol of Abilene's progress, the Abilene based WTU connected Abilenians to safe, reliable power and contributed to Abilene's development into a distribution center of West Texas. Designed by Wyatt C. Hendrick, the plant is on the National Register of Historic Places, but endangered by vandalism and neglect.

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 20203. Trolley Car Barn 🚎Address: 1021-1037 Clinton StreetDesignation: Local, NationalC...
03/04/2020

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020

3. Trolley Car Barn 🚎
Address: 1021-1037 Clinton Street
Designation: Local, National
Condition: Fair
Owner: Private
Building Type: Commercial
Year Built: 1928

Representing Abilene's history of transportation enterprises, the trolley system connected the far limits of town and helped Abilene establish a presence by promoting growth of the local business and professional community. The trolley car barn requires repairs and historical protection to restore it to its former glory.

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 20202. Burlington Railroad Station 🚂Address: 189 Locust StreetCondition: PoorOwner: Lon...
03/03/2020

Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020

2. Burlington Railroad Station 🚂
Address: 189 Locust Street
Condition: Poor
Owner: Lone Star Railroad In
Building Type: Commercial
Year Built: 1929

Burlington Railroad Station expanded railroad travel to the north and south for the city. This building has been neglected for several years and is vulnerable to vandals and disrepair. Renewed interest in protecting this structure can advance preservation efforts at this site.

03/02/2020

In our winter newsletter, we released the list of "Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2020." This week we will share a building from our list each day, starting with...

1. Abilene Courts 🚗
Address: 633 South 11th Street
Designation: Local, National
Condition: Poor
Owner: Private
Building Type: Commercial
Year Built: 1930

Last occupied in 1989, Abilene Courts is on the historic Bankhead Highway: The Broadway of America, the nation's first all-weather, coast-to-coast highway. A rare example of a pre-World War II motor court, this NRHP structure is unfit for habitation and has damaged walls. The city suspended condemnation, but the site is still in immediate danger of demolition or natural structural collapse.

Elks Arts Center
02/28/2020

Elks Arts Center

Making History at the Elks 💑

With the cake topper and a framed photo from his wedding in hand, along with flowers, cake, and music prepared, Victor Lopez excitedly decorated a corner of the Elks Ballroom the morning of December 5th, 2019. Later that afternoon, Victor brought his wife, Sharon, to the building under the pretext that he found a dance class. Instead, it was a surprise date to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Victor said of the occasion, "We've been celebrating our 50th anniversary all year, having traveled to many places around the United States, but the Elks is a special place for us. It holds so many memories. We celebrated our 40th anniversary, both of our 60th birthdays, and our grandson's induction into the Hardin-Simmons University Honor Society here. We've also catered several events here." Victor and Sharon danced the afternoon away, stopping only to eat cake, creating one more sweet memory at the Elks.

Are you ready for your memorable experience at the historic Elks? Information on rentals can be found here ➡️https://www.abilenepreservation.org/events-space/

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to C. in Architest: What style am I?Abilene's first permane...
02/26/2020

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to C. in Architest: What style am I?

Abilene's first permanent high school building opened January 6, 1890 on the same block where Abilene Heritage Square (Lincoln Middle School/1923-1955 Abilene High School) is now located. The Victorian Romanesque building, built at a cost of $10,000, and characterized by its decorative, polychromatic exterior and heavy masonry features in the chimney, balcony and corner buttresses, "Generated great pride among the townspeople." This building was demolished in 1924.

Photograph courtesy of HSU Historic Photograph Collection.

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to B. in Architest: What style am I?William Cameron & Compa...
02/19/2020

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to B. in Architest: What style am I?

William Cameron & Company, the lumber firm in whose safes early Abilenians probably kept their first excess funds, organized a bank in the fall of 1883. It was an Italianate Commercial building highlighted by decorative window heads and enriched modillion brackets at the cornices. The building was accented by cast iron framing the storefront on its narrow Pine Street facade. The building at North Second and Pine continued in use by various businesses until the block was cleared for redevelopment as the Showcase Square shopping area in 1961.

Photograph courtesy of Abilene Reporter-News.

Address

1174 North First St - PO Box 3451
Abilene, TX
79601

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General information

Come see us! We are a membership organization promoting economic, downtown and neighborhood development through historic preservation. We have the historic Elks Arts Center available for weddings, parties, and banquets.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(325) 676-3775

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DO ANY OF YOU FOLKS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ABANDONED CHURCH IN ABILENE, TEXAS, THAT IS LOCATED AT 1541 NORTH HICKORY??? ANY INFO. WOULD BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED. THANKS, DAVE G.
Such a wonderful place.