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The Abilene Preservation League is looking for a new
Executive Director

The Abilene Preservation League, an established historic preservation non-profit organization, seeks an experienced executive director.
Position closes July 15, 2016.

All inquiries must be addressed to the Search Committee.

Click here for Job Description and Application

Heritage Stewardship Luncheon 2016:
The Sayles Ranch Guesthouses of Terry and Laura Browder
Not just a story of love for old houses--
A story about community pride and economic development!

Thursday, May 5, 2016 See photos from the luncheon on Facebook

Heritage Stewardship Awards
Thank you to our Sponsors this year:

Preservation Leader Sponsor
Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Preservation Partner
Sue Swenson Stubbeman

Preservationist Sponsors
Big Country Title, Lawrence Hall Abilene
James M. Alexander & Co., Condley & Company LLP
David and Sindy Durham, First Financial Bank
Glen D. Hall DDS, The Legett Foundation
Abilene Convention & Visitors’ Bureau
Lytle Land & Cattle / Sharon’s BBQ, Weatherl & Associates
The VLC Fund / Mr & Mrs. Jess Correll
The Greathouse Foundation, The Barber Foundation
Patti Jones, First Bank Texas, Shelton Family Foundation

Contributing Sponsors
Bob and Peggy Beckham, Prosperity Bank
Billye Proctor Shaw, Mark Spurlock, Robert and Sue Patton
Charles and Kate Ferguson, Batjer & Associates
John and Nancy Nichols, Bill and Carol Haynes
Jack and Becky Rentz, Stan and Debbie Lambert

Historic Abilene High School-Lincoln Middle School. AHS from 1923 until 1955, then Lincoln Middle School until May of 2007. Do you have photos taken in this historic building or around it with people and the building in the background? We'd love for you to post them and your memories on the Save Lincoln Facebook page. Use the slider to compare the decades. We'll change subjects from time to time, so check back each month or so for new views of Abilene Now and Then.

See a gallery of photos from our June 9th Heritage Stewardship Awards Luncheon!
June 9, 2015 was a great day... You can see our gallery of scenes and people from the day - click here.

Membeship in the Abilene Preservation League
It pays dividends!
Renew Now online...
As a non-profit organization, membership is very important to the Abilene Preservation League. We don't always stress it enough, but our members are the core of our support. In the case of saving a building or home, in the case of advocacy for an issue involving preservation policy affecting the city of Abilene, or in the case of providing advice to a homeowner about the best way to care for their historic home, it is our membership that sustains us from year to year.

The best deal for our members is to take advantage of the two-for-one offer: If you become a member online, you'll receive a free one year membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You'll receive six issues of their great magazine, Preservation. Those who have these dual memberships report that they feel more connected to the national preservation movement. To learn more about membership in the Abilene Preservation League, click here.

Turning an 1892 building into a showplace Library
Mr. Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo City Library at Academy Square, came to Abilene to present the story of how Provo, Utah took a beloved old school building and turned it into a new Central Library that has become a highly successful center of activity and learning in the city. Watch the video (about 60 minutes). And then go to our Facebook page and "like" us if you have not already done so. www.facebook.com/aplevents

Consider the Swenson for your wedding or event...

The elegance of a 1910 mansion with a newly-constructed Arbor awaits you for your wedding and/or reception. Click here for more information, and you may check available dates by clicking "Check Dates" at the top of that page.

Shots from the In-town bike ride touring Historic Abilene

Bike ride
The kids are getting ready! Bike Patrol Officer Mike and Officer Alphabet get ready to escort the bike tourists around the greater downtown area.

Bike Ride Rosetyme
Stopping at the J.D. Magee home (Rosetyme) for a top to bottom tour.
The tour was part of Big Day Downtown, April 9th.

Historic Abilene High-Lincoln takes center stage
With the recent vote by the Abilene ISD trustees to sell several properties including the historic AHS-Lincoln campus, 2011 is going to be the year to show the citizens' support for not only saving this wonderful building, but giving it a new purpose. With an investment, this building will last another 85 years.

New: visit our Lincoln - AHS timeline

On our Facebook page there are photos of our most recent visit to Lincoln. Also a gallery here, so you'll know what behind the doors if you didn't go to school there. There is now an informative Save Lincoln Facebook page and @saveLincoln ( Twitter). Sign up for both!

We've put together a list of the leading new uses for the campus as a conversation starter. It is available here. After reading it, we'd like to have your opinion, please email us.

DVD on Camp Barkeley

Jay Moore

History in Plain Sight

The award-winning series of videos by historian Jay Moore has grown by one! Thursday, June 21 join us at the Grace Museum at either 6 pm or 7 pm for a showing of "Camp Barkeley."

The series:
The Bankhead Highway
Who Is That Street?
Abilene's Fair Park
Wooten: An Abilene Life
Abilene Beginnings
Camp Barkeley

All DVDs are available at the APL's offices in the Elks Arts Center, 1174 North First Street at Cedar. We are generally in the office between 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All DVDs are $15.00 plus tax. A set of 6 DVDs is $90.










Tomorrow's economics of Preservation
Noted economist Donovan D. Rypkema has written a thought provoking piece for the National Trust's Forum. He identifies twenty trends, from more of an emphasis on neighborhood schools to the misuse of historic overlay zoning, that will impact the future of communities, neighborhoods and real estate development. To view, click here.

Nominate your favorite Beautiful Houses
You can nominate a home to be one of the Beautiful House finalists. Just request a form by emailing us at this address, and take a digital photo. They'll be recognized next May
at our Heritage Stewardship Awards.

Storefront Histories Project

1920 view
The front of the Hall Music-Optical Clinic building at 258 Pine St. has a new look from APL, the Abilene Downtown Association and Browning Eyssen & Logan, P.C. A photo mural was placed in the front window showing the interior of Hall Music Company in 1920, deteriorated plywood was covered and painted and informational graphics were placed in the window panels. We've just posted photos of the interior tour... click here to see them in your browser. If you have a building and would like to participate in the next Storefront Histories project, we'd like to hear from you, please email us

Take a tour of this 86 year old recently renovated school in Dallas
Old Schools make Great New Schools. Booker T. Washington school in Dallas, the first Black high school, recently reopened as a Magnet School. The project includes significant new construction while preserving the historic building. Click on the photo at left to view a short video tour.
Historic WTU Power and Ice Plant
The industrial plant that "put Abilene on the map" as a town serious about growth and business is up for sale, and a public discussion of ideas for its reuse is beginning. Here's the article from the Abilene Reporter-News site. Have a comment for us or an idea for the plant? Click to let us know. Here's an in-depth photo tour of the power plant.

Story of an Austin Home's Journey Toward Renewal
A home in Austin that had fallen on hard times gets a redo. Like many historic projects, not everyone agrees about every aspect of the restoration, but the home is saved. From the Austin American Statesman.

Is Vinyl Siding really all that great?
With all the marketing, you need an objective view of the plusses and minuses of putting vinyl siding on your house. Here's a link to a good article that goes into detail about the issue and has a good list of further resources. (Click on the Related Links link at the bottom for the PDF file.)

Historic Districts: around Texas
In San Antonio, "nearly all real estate professionals agree historic neighborhoods look better over time in comparison to nearby subdivisions that don't have historic designation," says Virginia Nicholas, board president of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
Download PDF file of article

An old neighborhood's new momentum is building
A historic neighborhood district in McKinney has been drawing newcomers to the city, increasing the tax base and attracting young people. Check out the article in the Dallas Morning News about the success McKinney's historic district has generated.
Download PDF file of article 

And Finally...(!)
University of Utah researchers found that people who live in older, more walkable neighborhoods are at lower risk for overweight and obesity. Newer neighborhoods, which are mostly designed for automobiles, are more likely to have residents who have a little trouble meeting their exercise goals, according to the study.

Mission Statement: To preserve historic buildings and promote historic preservation.

Vision Statement: The vision of the Abilene Preservation League is to provide the leadership, education, and imagination to inspire a common vision of preserving the places and stories of our shared heritage to enrich the lives of future West Texans.


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