Our Past Is Your Present!
Established in 1979, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and architectural beauty of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
As a tax exempt nonprofit, organized under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code, contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.
Christmas Tour of Homes 2015...coming up!
Experience the ambience of our Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 5, 2015, 3:00-8:00pm. Tickets will be available, beginning November 20, at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (96 South Main, 479-253-9417). Tickets are $ 20, and include use of Eureka Springs trolley between tour homes during Tour hours. The museum may charge a small handling fee. Please be aware that the Museum does not sell advance or 'will call' tickets, and they do not accept credit cards.
Tickets will also be available on the day of the Tour at the Eureka Springs Transit Station #1, 137 West Van Buren, between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Credit cards will be accepted at this location.
You can purchase your tickets online!
Save time and energy; purchase your Tour of Homes tickets online, through our secure website. Use your Visa or Mastercard debit/credit card and print your ticket. On the day of the Tour, bring your printed ticket to the Eureka Springs Transit Station #1, 137 West Van Buren (on Highway 62, about 1/4 mile west of the intersection with Highway 23N), between 10:00am and 7:00pm on the day of the Tour, and redeem your ticket for lapel passes and tour booklet. (Tickets are available online through December 4, 6:00pm only.)
Your ticket is transferable, but not refundable.
Looking for more information about the 33rd Annual Christmas Tour? Click here!
ESPS Presents 2015 Preservation Awards
During the May 28 Preservation Rejuvention Celebration, the Board of Directors of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society proudly presented awards for historic preservation projects completed in 2014:
- Outstanding Restoration of a Residence
- Greg and Kathy Hughes, 212 Spring Street
- Thomas and Judy Thorpe, 15 Kings Highway
- Outstanding Renovation of a Business
- William King and John Rankine, 2 Pine Street
- Outstanding Preservation of Craftsmanship
- Travis Holloway, Holloway Construction Inc.
- New Construction that Blends with Historic Eureka Springs
- Douglas and Beverly Breiting, 58 Hillside Avenue
- Charles and Karen Plebanek, 34 Pine Street
- Carol Ryan, 36 Pine Street
The Historic District Commission of Eureka Springs presented awards for long-term stewardship of historic properties:
- Outstanding Stewardship of a Historic Resident
- Ernest and Constance Schrader, 8 Elk Street
- Outstanding Stewardship of a Historic Commercial Property
- The Dortch Family, Eureka Springs North Arkansas Railway, 299 North Main
- Outstanding Stewardship of a Historic Sacred Space
- Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Elk Street Church, 17 Elk Street
- Outstanding Stewardship of Many Historic Properties
- Eleanor Lux and Robert Wilson, 17 White Street, 18 White Street, 29 White Street, 33 Elk Street, 164 West Van Buren
- Outstanding Service to the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission
- Richard Grinnell, 2005-2015
ESPS Conducts Arkansas Heritage Celebration
Honoring Arkansas Heritage Month, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosted a Preservation Rejuvenation Celebration, on Thursday, May 28, at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street. The Museum hosted an Open House featuring a special exhibit, Louis Freund and the Centennial Mural.
The recently rejuvenated Calif Spring Park, a joint project of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, was dedicated.
The event then moved to the Centennial Mural at 22 North Main to celebrate the most recent restoration of the mural. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society was awarded a 2015 Arkansas Heritage Month Grant from the Arkansas Department of Heritage for this restoration. Grant matching funds were provided by the Preservation Society.
John Cross spoke on 1979 Eureka Springs Centennial: A Turning Point and Wendel Norton, of Norton Arts, spoke about the 2015 Mural Restoration.
Cornerstone Bank present their Restoration Excellence Award to the Eureka Springs Preservation Society Board of Directors, for their long-standing support of restoration and preservation in Eureka Springs.
The Califf Spring Park and Centennial Mural Restoration are examples of many community historic preservation projects funded by the ESPS's annual Christmas Tour of Homes. The Arkansas Heritage Month grant was from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by a state 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.
ESPS Christmas Float Wins Prize!
New Preservation Society board member, Chris Patton-Rogers, took on the challenge to create and develop a float for the Eureka Springs Christmas Parade, held December 19. And it was a winning entry!
Congratulations are in order for Chris; her 'It's a Small World' float won second prize! Joining Chris and her daughter on the float were Dee Bright, president, Linda Bridwell, secretary, and member Marty Cogan.
ESPS Funds Spring Improvement Projects
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department jointly funded major spring improvements during 2013.
The Crescent Spring Gazebo, long overdue for attention, was repaired and repainted in bright Victorian colors.
The neglected Califf Spring park, adjacent to the Historical Museum, received a major facelift. Planting beds and granite walkways were installed. The small park is spruced and ready for spring planting!
The Preservation Society contributed $7,500 toward the cost of repainting/repairing the Gazebo and $4,615 of the cost of Califf Spring improvements. These funds were earned, in the majority, through ongoing community support of the Society's major fundraiser, the Christmas Tour of Homes.
Third in a Series...2013 Commemorative Ornament Arrives!
Use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal account on our secure website to order your own commemorative ornaments...before they're gone!
The ornament cost is $15.00 plus $2.00 handling, or order a set of all three ornaments for the reduced price of $37.50. Your ornaments will be shipped directly to you.
And, remember, your purchase supports the preservation efforts of ESPS!
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