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Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Presents Highland Park Education Foundation $50,000

Over the past five years, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities. In 2011, the society’s board voted to allocate funds from the Historic Home Tour and the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon to fund an endowed scholarship with the Highland Park Education Foundation for a deserving Highland Park High School graduating senior. The award is given annually to a student interested in architecture, history, decorative arts, or a similar classical pursuit which reflects our organization’s passion for the significance of historic preservation.

PCHPS and its supporters reached the initial goal of $100,000 for the scholarship fund in 2014. The $50,000 contribution in 2016 will increase the endowment with the foundation to $200,000.  Plans are now underway to steadily increase the scholarship and partner with the school district to emphasize the importance of education and comprehension of the rich heritage of our unique community.  

Scholarship Awards  in the amount of $4,500 each for 2016 were presented to Greer Gordon, Washington and Lee History major and Charles Menke, Cornell University History major. Presenting the check were PCHPS president, Kendall Jennings; Jan Peterson, Executive Director, Highland Park Education Foundation; and PCHPS board members Price Pritchett, Al McClendon, Bruce Harbour and Keith Laycock.

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s central propose and mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. PCHPS desired future vision for the Society is to inspire passionate community support for the preservation of historic homes, buildings, parks, landmarks and traditions of the Park Cities.  PCHPS is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Membership in PCHPS is open to the public and available online at or call 214-528-0021, email

Monday, October 17, 2016