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PCHPS board members Bruce Harbour, Kendall Jennings; HP Education Foundation Executive Director, Jan Peterson; PCHPS Officers: President, Joan Clark; Treasurer, Cindy Brewer and Chairman, Al McClendon.

$100,000 Highland Park Education Endowment Established

          Over the past three years, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) has expanded its commitment to education in the Park Cities.

          In 2011 the Society began allocating a portion of the proceeds from its annual historic home tour weekend for a scholarship to a graduating senior at Highland Park High School. The scholarship is now awarded each year to a senior who plans to study architecture, history, historical preservation or another major related to the preservation of our Park Cities heritage.

          In 2012 PCHPS added a distinguished speaker luncheon to its historic home tour weekend and now also allocates a portion of those proceeds for a scholarship as well.  
          In 2013, after a number of very successful home tours and two equally successful distinguished luncheon series, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society donated $50,000 to the Highland Park Education Foundation as an initial contribution towards a $100,000 endowment to the Foundation.

          The 2014 Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Luncheon Series greatly exceeded expectations and as a result another $50,000 contribution to the Foundation was made this year. PCHPS can now award scholarships each year to Highland Park seniors, infinitum.

          The purpose of the scholarship is to attract young people in the community to pursue specific areas of university study which will enhance their knowledge of the significance of historic preservation. PCHPS’s hope is that upon graduation, these students will return to Dallas to use this knowledge to make a contribution back to the Park Cities community.  

          PCHPS continues its commitment to the community through its mission to preserve, protect and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic attributes and traditions of the Park Cities. 

          Joan Clark is president, PCHPS, and invites the community to join in support of PCHPS and its mission. Membership is open to the public and has many benefits, including three educational meetings, landmarking events honoring significant homes for architectural and/or historical merit, holiday party, PCHPS annual spring Home Tour, occasional special projects in concert with community leaders or schools, July 4th Parade. The fundraising events that allow PCHPS to give back to the community are the Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon. These proceeds fund the endowment that awards the scholarship mentioned above. Additionally, PCHPS supports the Costello home, our community's representative at Dallas Heritage Village.

          For more information and details about the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society, visit the website at

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