Howard National Bank Project

"Preserving Our Past For Our Future"



The Elk County Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 created for the purpose of restoring landmark buildings in Elk County, Kansas. Our first project is the Howard National Bank in Howard.

Howard National Bank



Worth Saving

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worth of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Inclusion on the National Register allows the Elk County Preservation Society to receive help obtaining preservation benefits and incentives.

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Come to the Historic Howard National Bank Bldg and make memories with friends. You can make a live wreath for your front door, then pick up some cookies for the Cookie Crawl. We will have a hot cocoa bar for you to enjoy with cookies. ... See MoreSee Less
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Hey Elk County Friends, we need your help! We are working tirelessly on procuring funding for the Historic Howard National Bank building. We are filling out grants, hosting fundraisers and putting out bids so that we can move forward with this project. What we need from you is your memories. If you or any of your family members have memories of doing business or living in the beautiful building, please share. We have a story to tell and we need your input. ... See MoreSee Less
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There are exciting things going on with the Howard National Bank Preservation project! Bids will go out next week to seek a contractor to fix the South Wall permanently. The pipes are not staying. Lots of meetings and brainstorming happening now! Stay tuned for the latest information as things develop! ... See MoreSee Less
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Just an update on the progress of the Bank Building. Elk County Preservation Society owns this beautiful building and has plans to restore. It is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. In February of this year we were awarded the Heritage Trust Fund Grand from the Kansas State Historical Society. That money will stabilize the South wall that is being held up by pipes. The wall will be retucked. Most recently, the Elk County Community Foundation was blessed with an opportunity from the Patterson Family Trust to host a matching funds event. The Patterson Family matched dollar for dollar up to $70,000. Our County raised more than the $70,000. Patterson Family will match up to the $70,000 which gives the community $140,000+ to go toward improvements in the communities in our County. Of this money $20,000+ will be matched and was eartagged for the Bank Building restoration. The roof has some repairs needed and that will most likely be the next project after stabilizing the south wall. We acquired this building in 2019 and have been having fundraisers, applying for grants, etc. The Heritage Trust Fund Grant and the Foundation monies have given us a new spark that things can move forward. ... See MoreSee Less
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Support the Restoration

The support of the community is vital to the restoration of Howard National Bank. Your gifts directly support our work and allow us to qualify for grants. Please consider making a contribution to support this effort.