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.
Arkansas Heritage Celebration and Awards Ceremony Planned for May 28
In May, to honor Arkansas Heritage Month, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society will host a Preservation Rejuvenation Celebration. The event will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 28, at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street. The Museum will host an Open House featuring a special exhibit, Louis Freund and the Centennial Mural.
Next will be a dedication of the recently rejuvenated Calif Spring Park, celebrating this joint project of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission.
The event will then move 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.
At the mural, John Cross will speak on 1979 Eureka Springs Centennial: A Turning Point and Wendel Norton, of Norton Arts, will speak about the 2015 Mural Restoration.
Cornerstone Bank will present their Restoration Excellence Award.
Eureka Springs Preservation Society will present Preservation Awards for projects completed in 2014. Eureka Springs Historic District Commission will present Stewardship Awards.
Both of these projects are examples of 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.
The public is cordially invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served.
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 Honors 2014 Preservation Award Winners
Celebrating 36 years of historic preservation, 1978 to 2014, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society honored members of the community for 2013 preservation projects at their Annual Awards Ceremony, held June 26, 2014, in the Grand Hall of the Grand Central Hotel.
Receiving awards at this event included:
Improving A Site, Ken Ketelsen, Fresh Farm to Table Fresh, 179 North Main Street
Historic Preservation Through Craftsmanship, Penny Pemberton, Pemberton Painting
Restoration of a Residence, Frank Green, 61 Mountain Street
Outstanding Service through Historical Research, Glenna Booth
Outstanding Preservation through Media, Sandy Martin and Kimberly Stryker, Procomm Eureka
Special Recognition for Ongoing Contribution to Preservation in Eureka Springs, Elise Roenigk, 1886
Crescent Hotel and Spa, Basin Park Hotel
Following the awards presentation, participants enjoyed viewing several of the Eureka Springs Historic Street Vignettes, mini-documentaries centered around the fifteen interpretative signs on Main and Spring Streets., utilizing historic photographs and narrative to explain the history of Eureka Springs neighborhoods. These presentations are available to the public through the use of QR codes. on smartphones.
Social and refreshments ended the evening's program.
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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