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Support Now Totals Nearly $160,000
THF Announces Major Gift
to Goodnight House Project
The Texas Historical Foundation board was in Amarillo Oc-
tober 13-15 for its quarterly meeting and used the occasion
to announce an additional gift of $25,000 to the Armstrong
County Historical Museum, the group restoring the Charles
Goodnight Home. Goodnight was a legendary trailblazer and
Panhandle rancher who was instrumental in saving the Ameri-
The THF donation will cover the drilling of a water well
on the property and the restoration of a historic windmill and
pump house. This is the fourth grant from the Foundation,
bringing the organization's total donation to almost $160,000.
Initially, by leveraging funds from two other foundations and
raising money from THF members, the Foundation was able
to provide almost $125,000 to the Goodnight House project.
This gift provided iniportant seed money for ACHM's fund-
raising effort. In 2009, a grant from the Foundation helped
fund, in part, reproduction period wallpaper that is now being
applied to the interior of the house. This year, another THF
gift was provided to help match a large challenge donation to
finish the restoration of the home.
Foundation President Tom Doell, of Dallas, said that
throughout the multi-year project, the board was very im-
pressed with the quality and amount of work done to preserve
the 1887 home of Charles Goodnight. "Our organization was
an early supporter of this project, but when we were able to
see for ourselves the progress that had been made on the pres-
ervation of this historic home-in a town of only 1,200 resi-
dents-we were pleased to be able to do more. THF recognizes
the importance of preserving and promoting the state's rural
heritage. We believe that our grants serve as a catalyst for efforts
in small communities that are vulnerable to the loss of their
In addition to finishing the work at the historic home, the
Armstrong County Historical Museum has plans for a visitors
center and will renovate an outbuilding as a caretaker's home.
Montie Goodin, one of the project leaders, indicated that all
restorations should be completed by the end of 2012. ACHM
is continuing to raise money for these additional projects. For
more information or to donate to the project, call 512-453-
"...when we were able to see for ourselves
the progress that had been made on...this
historic home-in a town of only 1,200
residents-we were pleased to be able to
The before (top) and after (middle) photos of the Charles Goodnight
House show the progress that has taken place; bottom, John and
Debbie Aughinbaugh pose in front of period reproduction wallpaper
provided, in part, by THF. Photos by the ACHM and Gene Krane.
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