ABOUT ABILENE PRESERVATION LEAGUE


 
 

The Abilene Preservation League is a non-profit organization established to promote and facilitate preservation of historical structures in Abilene, Texas. We promote alternatives to demolitions when structures or sites are threatened with loss, due to neglect and deterioration or new site development.  The Abilene Preservation League promotes increased public awareness and participates with other public and private organizations to save, restore and preserve historically significant structures in Abilene, Texas.

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

 
 

Letter from the President 

 

Greetings!

Welcome to the Abilene Preservation League’s website and to the 2017 and 2018 calendar year here at the APL.

What an exciting time to be a part of Abilene's history.  With all that is happening in our historic downtown, SODA (South of Downtown Abilene neighborhood) and other historic neighborhoods, there is still much to do to improve upon our beloved city.  And by getting involved now, you will have a say in the future of Abilene.

There is no time like the present to help preserve the past and by getting involved with the APL whether it be with your money or your time, you will have a direct and positive impact on Abilene.

Some of our top priorities this year include the following:  producing a top 10 endangered structure list, a major preservation project (stay tuned for more details), monthly Lunch n Learns at the Elks, a spring gala, fund raising, educational tours, building up our membership, and continue to work closely with the City and County to help ensure success with historic preservation.

I encourage everyone, whether you have lived here your entire life or new to Abilene, to get involved.  We need your help!

Please do more than consider and join the APL today at whatever level you are able to contribute and help us build a sustainable future with revitalizing all our existing glories from our rich past.  

In advance, thank you for your help in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

James Wagstaff

President of the Board of Trustees 2017/2018


Letter from the Executive Director 

 

I am thrilled to be the new Executive Director for the Abilene Preservation League.

We are starting out our 2017-2018 with some positive changes.  With focusing on a new historic project, naming the Top 10 Most Endangered Properties, providing Historical Education through Lunch-N-Learns with Food Trucks at noon, student education at the Historic Swenson House, increasing our membership, and lastly establishing a historic survey of all properties in Abilene.

Please come see us at The Elks, rent our beautiful Ballroom or the fabulous Historic Swenson House and please be sure to become a member of the APL and help us to preserve our wonderful Abilene.

I look forward to working and seeing you all soon!

Sincerely,

Frann Smith

Executive Director

APL Staff 

Frann Smith Executive Director  

Frann Smith

Executive Director

 

Diana Hartman Events Coordinator

Diana Hartman

Events Coordinator

Cindy White Housekeeping & Events

Cindy White

Housekeeping & Events

Board Officers 

President James Wagstaff

President James Wagstaff

Vice President of Elks     Taylor Sturgis

Vice President of Elks     Taylor Sturgis

Vice President of Swenson Janet Payne

Vice President of Swenson Janet Payne

Treasurer Annabel House

Treasurer Annabel House

Secretary Marty Lannon

Secretary Marty Lannon

Past President Neil Tatom

Past President Neil Tatom

President Elect           Kimberly Smith

President Elect           Kimberly Smith

Member at Large Karen Camp

Member at Large Karen Camp

Board Members

Jeff Berndt 

Jeff Berndt 

Debbie Blake

Debbie Blake

Angela Cabrera

Angela Cabrera

Dr. Terrenia Fitts

Dr. Terrenia Fitts

Julie Folwell

Julie Folwell

Andrew Harmon

Andrew Harmon

Donna Dominga

Donna Dominga

Denise Jones

Denise Jones

Diane Keeble

Diane Keeble

Staci Prew

Staci Prew

Erin Seabourne

Erin Seabourne

Pat Wehmeyer

Pat Wehmeyer

Tom McAlister

Tom McAlister

Marty Puls

Marty Puls

Dan Seawright

Dan Seawright

Joan Wilson

Joan Wilson

Chris Montoya

Chris Montoya

Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Terry Stubbs

Terry Stubbs

Donna Parris

Donna Parris

Dana Schoening

Dana Schoening

Laura WArdroup

Laura WArdroup

Bill Minter 

Former Executive Director

Bill Minter was honored by Trustees of the Abilene Preservation League at a reception on his retirement after his ten years of service as the executive director of the Abilene Preservation League.

Keynote speakers at the reception were past board presidents Audrey Perry, Carrie Blaschke, and Diane Keeble who spoke of their memories of Bill Minter as the executive director. Many stories and memories were told, but all most favorably spoke of Bill's warm personality and deep knowledge of preservation.

As executive director, Bill Minter oversaw many successful projects during his tenure. Some of these included the reconstruction of the arbor at the Swenson House and, the purchasing of the Dr. J.D. Magee house (Rosetyme), a Texas Historic Landmark, built in 1903. The APL purchased Rosetyme for the protection of demolition after a fire had burned a portion of it. Bill has been instrumental in promoting and educating the importance of preservation in our community as he has spent countless hours speaking to many organizations about Abilene's most endangered buildings, preservation awareness, and the importance of maintaining Abilene's history for future generations. Bill has also worked many hours with the city and the Abilene Independent School District to successfully save Lincoln Middle School from demolition.

Through his many years in serving on the Landmarks Commission, Bill has been successful in working with neighborhoods to increase preservation awareness and the value it brings. Many property owners are recognized each year for their execution of renovation and enhancement of their neighborhood, by the APL’S Beautiful House Awards program.. These and others have been recognized at the Heritage Stewardship luncheon through Bill's leadership.

As a native of Abilene, Bill's work and mission as executive director has been to preserve Abilene; its heritage, and its structures. The Abilene Preservation League is thankful and most grateful for Bill’s many years of service. We wish him well in his future endeavors.