• Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society, Taylor, TX


TCHS - 1883 First National Bank

First National Bank (1883) 117 North Main Street.

A two story brick in the Victorian Italianate style. Brick is stuccoed and raked to resemble cut stone on the first floor, and is smooth finished at the second floor. The massive sheet metal cornice was fabricated by Jno Buass of Austin who did much of the work on Congress Avenue. Arched window openings contain wood sash with leaded glass windows. Segmented arches at second floor are tied with string courses.

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Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society, Inc.

Located in Taylor Texas, a Community with Historic Culture, Architecture and Sites Worthy of Discovery, Preservation, Restoration and Protection.

 

TCHS is dedicated to the preservation of Taylor's history, it's diversity of cultures and it's wealth of historic structures.

 

For more than thirty years TCHS has worked to educate local citizens about their shared and inherited history. TCHS would like you to join us in supporting the preservation of Taylor's past by becoming a member.

 

Membership dues support education, research and other projects that benefit all the citizens of Taylor and East Williamson County.

 

Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Taylor, Texas.

 

Preserving Taylor's Heritage

Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society started in September 1979 by a group of Taylor citizens concerned with saving the old First Taylor National Bank building located at Second and Main Streets from demolition. The building, built in 1888, was to be torn down to create a parking lot. TCHS was incorporated as a non profit organization on November 20, 1979. The name was officially changed to Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society by an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation in 1981. The initial Board of Directors included Dr. Bill Cabaniss, Joan Cabaniss, Alma Konze, Janet Walker, Lou Qualls, Ruth Mantor, Keith Schulz, Nell Steger, and Mike Anderson.

 

Those involved in the formation of the Society took on a debt of $57,000 to save the building, which was eventually sold and the debt paid through fund raising efforts of the Society and the generosity of the community. The old First Taylor National Bank building was designated as significant by the award of a Texas Historical Marker, and a listing in the National Register Of Historical Places.

 

Activities and finances of TCHS are the responsibility of the members of the Board of Directors who serve a term of two years. Each Director has one vote on each proposal brought before the Board. Vacancies are filled by the board and voted on by the general membership at the annual meeting each year in October or November. A nominating committee presents a slate of nominees, with nominations also made from the floor. Officers are chosen from the Board members at the Board's December meeting, and take office at the Board's January meeting each year.

 

Operation

Activities and finances of TCHS are the responsibility of the members of the Board of Directors. Each director has one vote in each proposal brought before the Board. Ex officio members are invited and encouraged to come to any and all Board meetings, although they do not have the ability to vote. Directors serve a term of two years. Vacancies for the coming year are filled by a vote of the general membership at the annual meeting held each year in October or November. A nominating committee presents a slate of nominees, with nominations also accepted from the floor. Officers of the Board of Directors are chosen from the Board by vote at the December meeting. These new officers take office at the January meeting

 

Officers

The following responsibilities have been assigned to the Officers by the Board:

 

President - overall leadership and direction of TCHS; sets meeting dates; appoints committees, prepares letter for membership renewals in January; prepares operating budget for new year in January with other officers; chairs Grants and Historic Preservation Committee; presents THCS scholarship at the Taylor High School awards assembly in May; assists any and all officers and committees as deemed necessary or as requested.

 

Vice president - conducts meetings in the absence of the president; audit the Public Relations Committee; is responsible for Local History Days in March; sets up the annual membership meeting in November.

 

Treasurer - deposits and disperses monies collected and paid out with accurate records of incomes expenditures; reports financial status at monthly meetings; serves as member of the Grants and Historical Preservation Committee; works with committees In issuing and depositing monies.

 

Recording Secretary - takes notes at each regular and called meeting of Board of Directors; reads typed minutes at the following meeting with corrections or additions noted; have all minutes of past meetings at each meeting for reference.

 

Corresponding Secretary - writes thank you notes and replies to correspondence as deemed appropriate and requested by the Board.

 

Historian - keeps scrapbook of all newspaper articles, photographs imitations, letters, etc. pertinent to TCHS activities.

 

Committees

Six committees have been established with the following responsibilities:

 

Education investigates and presents ideas for presentation and/or purchase of education materials for the community, schools, and the library.

 

Grants and historical Preservation - is responsible for soliciting and consideration of applications from the community for grants when the Board authorizes the money for a grant program.

 

Membership - is responsible for membership renewal lists, mailing of annual renewal letters and for setting up the membership brunch in April.. If approved by the Board.

 

Public Relations - is responsible for Local History Days in March, the annual meeting in November and for publicizing the activities of the Society in various media.

 

Research and Markers - is responsible for historical research about the community, especially information for applications for Texas Historical Markers.

 

Special Events - is responsible for one fund raising event during the year, such as the Tour of Homes or other events planned by the committee and approved by the Board.

 

 

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