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  • 20 May 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 117 Louise Street, Elgin, TX 78621

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We are thrilled to announce that the GROUNDBREAKING for the Mary Christian Burleson Homestead restoration will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00pm.  The event will celebrate the beginning of site work on Elgin's oldest homestead and build momentum for the work ahead.   Please join us! 

Please share widely and let me know if you have any questions!  We'll have a Facebook event set up soon so keep checking our Facebook page!

One more thing!  To have your brick for the groundbreaking, get your brick order by joining us before close of business this Wednesday April 19!!  

The groundbreaking is the same weekend as the famous Elgin Studio Art Tour .. so plan to stay awhile and get to know Elgin's artists!

Groundbreaking for Mary Christian Burleson Homestead Restoration

ELGIN, TEXAS – April 16, 2017 – The groundbreaking for restoration of the homestead of Mary Christian Burleson will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at 1pm at the homestead located at 117 Louise St. in Elgin.

The Mary Christian Burleson Foundation (MCB) is thrilled to announce this groundbreaking as the result of significant effort many Elgin residents.  The Foundation has been awarded multiple grants from the Texas Historic Commission Texas Preservation Trust Fund to plan and develop this restoration.  "The grants from the Texas Historical Commission have certainly been important and yet it is cash donations from Burleson descendants and Elgin residents that have enabled us to get this to this point," said Ava Cameron, Vice President and Treasurer.

This groundbreaking will celebrate the start of site work and build momentum for the work ahead.  "We will begin by stabilizing the home with new footings and repair the framing of the porch.  Then we'll work to raise the funds necessary to complete the project by the end of 2018," said Sue Beckwith, President of the Foundation.  The Foundation has raised $65,708 to date and must raise $200,000 to complete the restoration.

"This restored homestead will draw visitors to Elgin and boost economic activity to downtown businesses. In partnership with the adjacent Elgin Agrarian Community, the homestead will be a place for Elgin residents to gather for events, learn about history and agriculture, and celebrate the strength of Texas women," said Rene Girling, MCB Board member and member of the Elgin Main Street Board.

Donna Snowden and Debbie Cartwright co-chairs of the Elgin Historical Association are pleased to support this project. "Mary Christian Burleson was in many ways the matriarch of Elgin.  Her family donated much of the land on which present day Elgin sits.  By restoring her homestead we are preserving a most important piece of Elgin's history – our history," said Donna Snowden.

Please come out and join the celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1pm.  The groundbreaking is being held in conjunction with the Elgin Studio Art Tour that runs both May 20 and 21 in Elgin.


Mary Christian Burleson Preservation & Development Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  408 East 8th St., Elgin, Texas  78621

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