Preserving the Story


  • 27 Oct 2018 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    We need to raise $18,000 to open Mary's homestead to the public by the end of 2018.  We hope you'll donate today.   The developer who donated the property to us may take back the property if we don't open by the end of 2018.  We need to work together to get the homestead open - please donate now if you can and share with your friends!

    Thank you!  -Sue Beckwith, Board member

  • 02 Jun 2017 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    We had a magnificent ground breaking ceremony on May 20, 2017!  The celebration was shared by about 40 supporters - some Elgin residents and some descendants both locals and out-of-towners.  A Texas state flag was presented to descendants by State Representative John Cyrier and the flag will be flown over the homestead when construction is complete. 

    Speakers included Mayor Chris Cannon, former Mayor Marc Holm, Council member Sue Brashar, Donna Snowden, Angie Smith (descendant), Stan Graves (restoration manager with ARCHITEXAS), Renee Girling, Gigi Girling, Ava Cameron (Vice President), and Sue Beckwith (President).

    The weather was beautiful and the storms held off - surely just for us!  Bricks ordered so far were on display for members to see.  

    Now we start the restoration work!  It's so very exciting to begin our work to restore this homestead of the "Grandmother of Elgin" Mary Christian Burleson.

  • 29 Oct 2016 11:22 AM | Susan M. Beckwith (Administrator)


    October 28, 2016


    Elgin, Texas --- The Mary Christian Burleson Foundation of Elgin has received a $25,000 grant from the Texas Historical Commission, Preservation Trust Fund.  “We are honored to have been selected for this prestigious grant and are eager to begin the work of physical restoration of this site so rich in local and state history,” said Sue Beckwith, President of the Foundation.  

    The grant must be matched with $25,000 in local funds and the Foundation is holding a fundraising Gala on November 5 to raise funds. Tickets to the Gala are $185 for members and can be purchased at or by calling Sue Beckwith at 512-496-1244.  There are many other ways to contribute including buying a personalized brick to be used to pave pathways for $100.  Foundation memberships start at $25.

    State Representative John Cyrier congratulated the Foundation on their hard work. “This unique project links Elgin's agricultural heritage with the  often untold stories of strong Texas women who were and are so important to our history”.  

    "I am so proud of our community’s support to preserve this precious part of Elgin’s history”, said Foundation Board member and former Elgin Mayor Marc Holm, “Funders always ask how much local support there is for a project and we would have not received this grant without the strong support of the people of Elgin."

    Learn more, or register, at

  • 15 Jul 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who bought bricks, signed-up for memberships, donated at Western Days, bought corn husk dolls, attended fundraising concerts and in any other way contributed to our cause.  Because of all of you - we were able to apply for the next level of matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission to repair the foundation of the house.   It will be October before grant money will be awarded.  Keep your fingers crossed that MCB will be funded!

  • 24 May 2016 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Our 2015 Planning Grant from the Texas Historical Commission has been finalized.  Thank you to our project archaeologist, Cristin Embree, for her extensive contributions to that finished product.  The tangible finished product is the "Historic Structures Report" from ARCHITEXAS

  • 11 May 2016 5:36 AM | Anonymous
    We are set to begin a wide range of fundraising activities this summer to get renovations underway!  Please join us and let's get this party started!!!


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

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