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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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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Thank you to the Family of Lynn Perkins for choosing the Howard Bank Building Fund for Lynn's Memorial. All donations are appreciated and will be used to restore this building to it's original beauty. ... See MoreSee Less
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WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!!! We were awarded the Heritage Trust Fund Grant from the Kansas State Historical Society in the amount of $90,000. We are so excited to get things going on the renovation of the Howard National Bank Building. This money will stabilize the South Wall and all the stone on that will be retucked. The pipes will go away and the building will be secure. We continue to pursue Grant opportunities and work toward restoring this building to it's original beauty. Stay tuned for more updates as things progress! ... See MoreSee Less
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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.