The Allen Heritage Guild was established in 1996 as a project of Leadership Allen Class VII. The Guild’s objectives are to create a sense of community spirit by providing service and implementing projects that create a distinctively positive image of Allen and to assure tomorrow’s heritage by recording past, recent and current milestones.
- Preservation of Allen Station Dam
- Placement of historical markers around the city
- Participation in revival of the Central Business District
- Creation of a historical village
- Restoration and renovation of St. Mary’s Baptist Church
- Recorded oral history video
- Worked with the City to produce “Tales of Allen” videos featuring: The Stone Dam, Allen History, St. Mary Baptist Church, Allen Telephone Company, Allen Cemetery, Sam Bass and Gang.
- Thru a grant from the Texas Historical Commission, developed an “Historic Driving Tour of Allen” and produced photographic collages of Allen, featured at the Allen Heritage Center.
- Worked to restore the Allen Christian Church and 2 bungalows at The Allen Heritage Village.
- Developed a Museum housed at the Allen Heritage Center (Train Depot), with various exhibitions and special events including: Sam Bass Day in February, Flag Day in July and the first annual pie-baking contest in September.
- Developing educational programs on Allen History
Allen Heritage Center Museum hours are: 2nd and 4th weekends of each month, Sat 10 am-2 pm, Sundays: 1-3 pm and by appointment.
The Guild meets monthly to discuss the status of current and proposed projects, and frequently features guest speakers on topics of historical significance.