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January 2018

Keller School Exhibit




Our current exhibit is of early Keller Schools.  It includes photos of classes, sports and school buildings from the 1920's through the 1940's.

 
January 2018

Excellence Award Finalist




Old Town Keller Foundation was nominated for the Excellence Award for Non-profits for 2018 by the Keller Chamber of Commerce. We were honored at the Bowden Event Center. Our President, Joyce Gibson Roach, was given the 2018 Linda Bowden Community Spirit Award.

 
December 2017

Christmas!



Our theme this year was Gingerbread Men in the front room of Wild Rose and our display room was filled with vintage toys.

 
December 2017

Vintage Christmas




We worked with the Chamber of Commerce to present the first annual Vintage Christmas in Old Town Keller.

 
November 2017

100th Anniversary of US Entry into WWI




We commemorated the 100th anniversary of the US entry into WWI with an exhibit and with two days of events which included a WWI movie and talks by members of the Phillips family who shared their stories and memorabilia.

 
October 2017

Wild Rose Grant!




In October we received a grant to reprint "Wild Rose a Folk History", a history of the Cross Timbers area written by our President Joyce Gibson Roach. The book  is now available for sale at Wild Rose Heritage Center.

 
October 2017

Old Town Station House Opening




The official opening of the Station House Museum.  Rollin Phipps received the Volunteer Appreciation Award for his many hours of work setting up the train museum and his numerous donations of artifacts to the museum.  There were weaving demonstrations, music, food and stories for all to enjoy.

 
July 2017

Chamber Music Camp




The camp was held at Wild Rose and the Station House.  Fifteen young musicians spent three days getting intensive instructions and training in playing chamber music together.  A pizza party and outdoor recital for family and friends was held at the end of the third day.

 
May 2017

Founder's Day


Our third annual Founder's Day celebration to commemorate the first day the train sstopped in Keller, May 9, 1881. Vendors, demonstrations, bank robbery and gun fight reenactments. A bagpiper led a scout troop in for the raising of the flag ceremony.

 
May 2017

Memorial Day





On Memorial Day we participated in ceremonies at Mt. Gilead Cemetery, near the site of the original community of Athol.  Sandy Naseef arranged a tribute by setting up a Fallen Comrade Table which we later moved to permanent display at Wild Rose.

 
April 2017

Local Activities





Our facilities are used for many community activities including student music recitals and the celebration of World Tai Chi Day.

 
April 2017

Speeder and Work Trailer!




A speeder and work trailer were added to our outdoor display at Old Town Station House. Both were generously donated by Rollin Phipps. These were used by railroad work crews in the maintenance of track through the early 1970's.

 
March 2017

Rummage Sale!




We held a rummage sale to help raise much needed funds for operating costs to keep both Wild Rose and the Station House open to the public.

 
January 2017

Interurban Ticket Booth arrives!




A restored 1920's Interurban Ticket Booth, one of only two in north Texas, was moved onto the Station House property along with a water tower once used on a local farm.  Both were generous donations from Ron Lee.

 
December, 2016

Memory Care Facility Visit.




A group of ladies from a local memory care facility, along with their families, were honored at a Christmas Tea at Wild Rose.

 
November 2016

It's Christmas Time again!




Wild Rose Heritage Center is once again decorated for Christmas.  Our theme was 'Time".

 
November 2016

Fort Worth Library Award.




Our Foundation president Joyce Gibson Roach, was honored with a literary award by the Fort Worth library.

 
October 2016

Will Rogers Award.




Joyce Gibson Roach received the Will Rogers Award for her writing.

 
September 2016

Violin Recital




A student recital was held at Wild Rose Heritage Center.

 
August 2016

Historical Art Project




We partnered with the Keller Arts Council on a project to wrap utility boxes with historical photos and stories.

 
July 4, 2016

Fourth of July Picnic!




A 4th of July picnic for family and friends of Old Town Keller Foundation was held in the park where Wild Rose Heritage Center is situated. Food, games and fun!!

 
June 2016

Trains Trains Trains!!




A talk by Rollin Phipps about trains and their interesting history. Mr. Phipps has compiled a book of information about train exhibits in communities all around the metroplex.

 
May 2016

Second Annual Founder's Day





This celebration was again held at the Wild Rose Heritage Center.

 
April 2016

World Tai Chi Day






World Tai Chi Day was held in the park next to Wild Rose Heritage Center with Tai Chi instructor Ron Smith.

 
April 2016

Book signing!




Book signing to introduce Joyce Gibson Roach's newest book "The Land of Rain and Shadow; Horned Toad, Texas"

 
February 2016

Becky Benner Coker talk on buttons




An afternoon with  button expert Becky who was able to tell us where and when different buttons were used, what they were made of and a great deal of interesting history about the buttons we brought in. In the background is our Vintage Clothes display.

 
November 2015

Christmas!!






Christmas is on display at Wild Rose Heritage Center with decorations old and new!

 
June 2015

New Military Exhibit






Our new military exhibit covering World War I and II as put together by Robert Toor

 
May 9, 2015

First Founder's Day Celebration




Was held at Wild Rose Heritage Center on Saturday, May 2015

 
April 12, 2014

Keller Crawfish Krawl



We'll be at the Krawl this Saturday, April 9 on Olive Street in Keller.  Come by and see us!!

 
March 1, 2014

Save This Old House Campaign






















We have moved the Jarvies house to the Old Town Keller Park at 133 Bates Street.  Now there is a lot of work to be done before we can move in.  If you would like to volunteer to help email Paul or Cathie.  For more information, go to The Jarvies House page.

 
May 8, 2013

Girl Scout Troop 3370 Silver Project

The scouts produced a pictorial history of Keller on six professionally designed and executed panels.  It was completed on the 8th of May with the exhibition of those panels at the Elm Street Studio in Old Town Keller.

The panels were later shown to the Keller City Council on the 18th of June at Keller City Hall.

The Scouts and their leaders are: Stephanie Blackwell, Emily Morris, Zoe Schneider, Lili Chambless, Molly Rhymer, Sara Wemzel, Ms. Sally Rhymer and Ms. Rebecca Chambless.


Joyce Gibson Roach with Girl Scouts