Stakeholders discuss future plans for Eisenhower Birthplace

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

DENISON, TX - The future of the Eisenhower birthplace looks bright. Stakeholders met in Denison to discuss plans for the historic site.

In January of 2008 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department turned the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic site in Denison over to the Texas Historical Commission. A Transfer that site Director Robin Gilliam says will be very beneficial in the long run.

"The Texas Historical Commission as a different agency has started building their own resources, their own information, their own interpretive planning," said Gilliam.

On Monday commission members, contractors, and local residents met to discuss how to best utilize those resources and plan the future for Ike's birthplace.

"Where can we put something new," Gilliam said. "Do we need to build some new facilities? Do we need to improve certain structures? Can we make the house a better interpretive facet of the story."

The meeting lasted virtually all day and Gillian says that most people came away with a very good feeling about the future of this historic sight.

"National history. Education for the school kids. An asset to a community. A story to tell that's bigger than this little house up the street," Gilliam said. "And, everybody just came with neat ideas and almost everyone just said it went really well. We were very pleased."

The site hopes to have a master plan in place by April.

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