Gurley Historical Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 08, 2011

Dianne Pierson
256-776-2323 or
Brian Kamplaine
256-776-9218

Historic Gurley Building Selected For National preservation Contest
Gurley Historical Association, Inc works to get historic City Hall Preserved before it is destroyed.

Gurley, AL (June 1, 2011): The historic Gurley City Hall has been selected to be part of a nation wide contest to win a grant to preserve it and return it to a functional use building. The contest. “ This Place Matters” , is run bay the National Trust for Historic Preservation and will award $25,000, $10,000, and a $5,000 grant to the top 3 vote receiving communities or groups. The historic City Hall is planned for demolition by the end of the year unless money can be raised to start the preservation process.

The GHA needs Alabama’s and the nation’s help to vote for the historic City Hall. In order for this building to be preserved and avoid demolition, the building needs vote from everyone. The links to vote are http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge and http://www.preservationnation.org/map. Only one vote per email is allowed so the word needs to get out. The link has the building’s story and some history of the building. Voting take place from June 1st through June 30th, 2011 and the winners will be announced on July 1st.

The Gurley Histroical Association, Inc. is the group behind the preservation of this beautiful Victorian building built in 1895. The building has been used in many different capacities over it’s 116 year lifetime and at present, is being used to house one of Gurley’s fire trucks. The GHA would likme to see it preserved as a Fireman’s Museum and a Histroical Museum for Gurley.

The Gurley Historical Association, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit group whose mission is to preserve the history of Gurley, AL and educate others about the historic significance of Gurley and the historic significance of Gurley and the surrounding areas.


GURLEY, AL “CELEBRATING OUR PAST” FESTIVAL AND MUSIC EVENT (MAY 2010)

See the pictures of the 2010 Small Town Parade (May 2010) See the pictures of the 2010 Cemetery Stroll with Costumed Characters (May 2010)

Videos of the events:
Video of the Gurley Small Town Parade
Video of the Mayor Stan Simpson Festival Unveiling Historical Marker
Video of the Gurley Cemetery Stroll 2010 with Costumed Characters
(Mayor Stan Simpson, Senator Lowell Baron, Representative Butch Taylor, Gurley City Council)
For a copy of the original format pictures or videos contact the Gurley Historical Association