Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Fort Chadbourne Foundation

  • Bronte, TX
  • http://www.fortchadbourne.org/

Mission Statement

Our original mission statement in 1999 has been met. We will be working on a new mission statement. The following is the mission statement created in 1999. Fort Chadbourne, founded February 1, 1999 as a public non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization was established to receive title to and own, manage, preserve and protect, a registered national historic site Fort Chadbourne. Fort Chadbourne, a United States Military frontier outpost established in 1852 for the protection of settlers and travelers during the westward movement. The foundation will also preserve and maintain the ruins and remains located on the site making it available to the public for tours and inspections. We will also provide public educational materials containing historical information about Fort Chadbourne and the role it played in the settlement and development of West Central Texas. Initially the foundation will 1) stabilize the existing structures, 2) erect a visitor's center/museum, 3) reconstruct several of the existing buildings as they were in 1852 while presenting the history prior to fort times as well as the ranching heritage of the area after fort times.
Fort Chadbourne has been in private ownership since 1874 and was opened to the public for the first time in 1999. Fort Chadbourne houses one of the largest frontier artifact collections to be found anywhere in the United States as well as many pristine untouched archaeological sites.

Being in a rural setting and not being in the vicinity of a large metropolitan area, Fort Chadbourne has to rely on the generosity of donors from near and far to help accomplish the goals and standards set forth by the Fort Chadbourne Foundation.

Fort Chadbourne has exceeded all of the original goals set forth in 1999. One of our challenges now will be to build a larger endowment to help perpetuate Fort Chadbourne for the future. We will continue to host schools, retirement centers, nursing homes, home schools and more to encourage them to visit Historic Fort Chadbourne. This is a great educational opportunity for all ages.

Main Programs

  1. Fort Chadbourne Visitor Center/Museum
  2. Brick and Granite Tile Program
Service Areas

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International

Fort Chadbourne is located in rural Coke County in Central West Texas, halfway between Abilene and San Angelo, TX on Hwy 277 and just 12 miles north of Bronte. The Fort is one of the eight Forts located on the Texas Forts Trail. We are located 35 miles south of Sweetwater, TX on Interstate 20.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 1999

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Mr. Garland Richards

Keywords

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To protect, preserve and present historic Ft.Chadbourne, an 1852 U.S. Frontier fort, to the public.

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EIN

75-2804188

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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As of April, 2012, we have met and exceeded all goals set forth in 1999 for the Fort Chadbourne Foundation. We will need to set new goals for the Foundation since opening our new Visitor Center/Museum in 2012. We have had travelers all over the world visit Fort Chadbourne. We have stabilized and restored the historic buildings. In 2003, the Fort received a Historic Preservation Award from Preservation Texas for the techniques that were used to stabilized the ruins and buildings..

Programs

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Program 1

Fort Chadbourne Visitor Center/Museum

The visitor center/museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The center houses artifacts and collections that provide visitors an educational and fun visit.  Our goal is to present what life was like in the 1850's.  We start with you saddling up and watching a 20 minute video about Fort Chadbourne. You then step into a stage coach to see what traveling on the Butterfield Stage Route was like. Walk thru a teepee to see many military , Native American, and ranching artifacts on display that were found at Fort Chadbourne. A large antique gun collection, a Medal of Honor tribute with 6 MOH recipients that served at Fort Chadbourne is one of the exhibits. We have guided and self guided tours to see the actual fort site and guided rides to see the small buffalo herd, the two longhorns and donkey located nearby on the ranch. The center has exposed many visitors to what life was like living on the West Texas Frontier. Fort Chadbourne strictly runs off donations. Come out and step back in time and visit the real West Texas Frontier! Fort Chadbourne is a non governmental entity and we are very proud of our success. We were told we could not do this project.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

150,000

Program 2

Brick and Granite Tile Program

As a fundraising program, we are selling brick and granite tiles. The brick sell for $50.00 and the granite tile are $1000.00.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

2000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Fort Chadbourne is located in rural Coke County in Central West Texas, halfway between Abilene and San Angelo, TX on Hwy 277 and just 12 miles north of Bronte. The Fort is one of the eight Forts located on the Texas Forts Trail. We are located 35 miles south of Sweetwater, TX on Interstate 20.

Funding Needs

Our current funding needs include the following: 1. Signate 2. Advertising 3. General Operating Funds 4. Endowment Funds 5. Childrens Exhibit Fund

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FORT CHADBOURNE FOUNDATION
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Principal Officer

Mr. Garland Richards

BIO

Garland H. Richards, President, is Fort Chadbourne Foundation's founder. He grew up a stone throws distance from Fort Chadbourne and assumed that everyone had a fort in his or her own backyard. While attending Angelo State University, did he realize that this was a historically significant site and something needed to be done to preserve its history and its structure? This project has been in the planning stages for the last 30 years and is something that needs to be done. Garland volunteers is a volunteer President for the Fort Chadbourne Foundation.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ann Pate

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