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 2016...coming up!
Experience the ambience of our Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00-8:00pm. Tickets will be available, beginning November 14, 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.
Looking for more information about the 34rd Annual Christmas Tour? Click here!
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. Your ticket will be emailed to you via our ticket vendor, Ticketbud.com. Bring your printed ticket to the Eureka Springs Transit Station #1, 137 West Van Buren, between 10:00am and 7:00pm on the day of the tour, and redeem your ticket for lapel passes and tour booklet.
Your ticket is transferable, but not refundable. In case of severe weather, the tour may be postponed to an alternate weekend.
There are numerous steps, stairs, and inclines on the tour route and inside the homes. Wear comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes! Allow 1-2 hours for the tour. For your safety, visitors who choose to walk the tour route should plan to complete the tour before dark.
Parking is always problematic in Eureka Springs!
The Eureka Springs Transit Authority has made special arrangements for the day of the tour. The 'red route' trolley will circulate through the tour area until 8:00pm. Park at either of the main Transit parking lots, pay your trolley fee, and ride the trolley to and from the tour area. If you board the trolley after 3:00pm, your trolley fee is included in the price of your ticket.
2015 Preservation Awards Announced
The Eureka Springs Presrvation Society, in conjunction with the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission and the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, presented Ozark Cultural Revival Celebration, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30pm. The Celebration was part of the 2016 Arkansas Heritage Month, "Arkansas Arts: Celebrating our Creative Culture." Gordon Norrell, musician and historian, presented a lively program on the roots of traditional Ozark music and dialects.
During the program, the 2015 Preservation Awards were announced. The awards honor historical preservation projects of merit completed in 2014.
- Outstanding Restoration of a Residence
- 32 Elk Street, Ronnie Fanning and Jim Holt
- 10 White Street, Peggy Kjelgaard
- Outstanding Renovation of a Business
- 104 North Main Street, Mountain Eclectic, Paul Aulgur and Jack Bratt
- Outstanding Preservation Craftsmanship
- A & M Roofing, Dennis Alexander, Dustin Alexander, and Daniel Alexander
- Outstanding Improvement of a Public Building
- 532 Spring Street, Eureka Springs Park and Recreation Office
Preservation Society board members are pleased to honor the contributions of these citizens to the historic heritage of the community.
ESPS Conducts Arkansas Heritage Celebration
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!
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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