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.

Coming Up!  Saturday, December 2

Experience the ambience of our Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00-8:00pm.  Beginning November 15, tickets will be available at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (96 South Main, 479-253-9417).  Tickets are $20, and include use of the Eureka Springs Transit System during tour hours.

 

Looking for information on the Christmas Tour of Homes?  This page will help you.  Be sure to check out the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

 

You can purchase your tickets online!  Save time and energy; purchase your Tour of Homes tickets online through our secure website.  Use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal account and print your ticket.

 

On the day of the tour, bring your printed ticket to the main Eureka Springs Transit Center, 137 West Van Buren (on Highway 62, about 1/4 mile west of the intersection with Highway 23N), between 10:00am and 7:00pm and redeem your ticket for lapel pass and tour booklet.

 

Ticket price includes use of trolley from 3:00-8:00pm only.

Your ticket purchase is transferable, but not refundable.

 

Buy Tour of Homes 2017 Tickets here.

 

Parking is always problematic in Eureka Springs!  The Eureka Springs Transit Authority has made special arrangement for the day of the Tour.  Trolleys will circulate along Main Street until 8:00pm.  (Due to the extremely narrow streets on this Tour, trolleys will not be able to travel along the main tour locations.  However, you can ride the trolley along Main Street and then walk to the tour homes.)  

New!  This Place Matters!

 

A great new t-shirt for you, this shirt displays a logo promoted by the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

 

Purchase your shirt at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.  $20.  (Size XXL, $22).

 

 

2017 Preservation Awards Announced

The Eureka Springs Preservation Society, in conjunction with the Eureka Springs Historical District Commission, met on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 6pm.  Wendall Norton, Norton Arts, presented an overview of the restoration of the 'Doughboy' statue, located in Basin Spring Park.  Glenna Booth, City Preservation Officer, shared a history of the statue with the group.

 

During the program, the 2017 Preservation Awards were announced.  The awards honor historical preservation projects of merit completed in 2016.

  • Improving a Site
    • Downtown Native Plant Project
  • Restoration of a Residence
    • 266 Spring Street, David and Cindy Blackburn
    • 155 Spring Street, Mike Crogan
    • 15 Magnolia Street, Danny and Dala Ford
  • Renovation of Commercial Properties
    • Susie Allen
  • Historic Preservation through Craftsmanship
    • Chris Crider Construction, Inc.
  • Special Recognition for Ongoing Contribution to Preservation in Eureka Springs
    • Pat and Jay Fitzsimmons
  • Rescuing an Endangered Property
    • 4 Summit, Kenneth and Deborah Davis
    • 106 East Van Buren, Quilter's Cottage, Bill and Shirley Reed
  • New Building that Blends with Historic Eureka Springs
    • 35 Benton Street, Kathrine and Robert Robbins

ESPS Conducts Arkansas Heritage Celebration

Centennial Mural, 22 North Main

Honoring Arkansas Heritage Month, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosted a Preservation Rejuvenation Celebration, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, 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 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!

The Crescent Hotel, an iconic treasure of Eureka Springs, is featured on the 2013 Eureka Springs Preservation Society commemorative ornament keepsake. 
 
The ornament is dedicated to Marty Roegnik.  As a preservationist, philantropist, and conservationist, Marty and his wife, Elise, restored the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the "Grand Lady of the Ozarks," to greatness.  For his life, the people of Eureka Springs, and those who visit here, are eternally thankful.
 
A three-dimensional, 24-karat gold finished dated ornament, boxed and gift ready, is offered for sale on the Preservation Society website, and at Cottage Caboodle (11 North Main), Grand Central Hotel (37 North Main), Eureka Springs Historical Museum (95 South Main), and Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Village Circle).
 
The Crescent Hotel ornament is third in the ornament series, all planned to honor Eureka Springs' landmarks.  The 2011 inaugural ornament honored the First Presbyterian Church on their 125th anniversary; the 2012 ornament honored First Baptist Penn Memorial Church on their 100th anniversary.
 
Supplies of the ornament are limited!  As a perfect keepsake of special occasions...weddings, baptism, anniversary celebrations, church membership...the ornaments are available at $15 each or as a set (2011, 2012, and 2013) at a discounted price of $37.50.  All proceeds from the fundraiser support preservation activities of ESPS.

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 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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