The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual 2017 Preservation Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2 to 4 pm at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.
May is National Historic Preservation Month, and each year the Commission recognizes outstanding cultural heritage preservation, restoration, and education projects, based on the following criteria.
- Preserved neighborhood history through research, writing, or art
- Preserved a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.
- Restored using traditional materials or methods.
- Preserved historical integrity or appearance.
- Protected from present threat or future harm.
- Completed project within the past two years.
- Accomplished by individual, family, group, or community advocacy or fundraising
Award categories include the following.
- Adaptive reuse
- Education and outreach
- Landscape preservation
- Restoration and rehabilitation
- Local preservationist
- Individual lifetime achievement
- Documentation of Gloucester’s history
This year’s award recipients are:
Joseph Napolitano: Lifetime Achievement as a preservation contractor.
Sarah Dunlap: Lifetime Achievement as volunteer City archivist.
Harold Burnham: Local Preservationist, for his achievements in historic shipbuilding.
Marietta Delahunt: Stewardship of the historic Sargent-Robinson House.
Charles and George King: Local preservationists, for their work on the Civil War coat.
Mariana Vaida: Rehabilitation and Restoration of 567 Essex Ave. by a preservation architect.
Gloucester Writers Center: Stewardship of the Maud/Olson Library in E. Gloucester.
Bing McGilvray: Education and Outreach, for his work on Cape Ann art history.
Captain Ray Bates: Education and Outreach, for his book on Cape Ann shipwrecks.
Christine & Paul Lundberg: Rehabilitation and Restoration of their Annisquam historic home.
Melanie & Mark Murray-Brown: Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Amos-Rackliffe House.
John & Betty Erkkila: Documentation of Gloucester History, for their book on Lanesville.
At the ceremony, members of the Commission will introduce recipients and present award certificates. Slides will be shown, and recipients will talk briefly about their projects. This event will take place on Saturday, May 6th, 2 to 4 pm in the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, Massachusetts.