It was a joy to welcome back today my long-time friend and partner-in-preservation Kimberli Fitzgerald. Kimberli was also my partner in the first year of this program and continues to come alongside us in her professional role to remind us that preservation of the historic resources in our area remains a top priority with our local governmental agencies. Case in point, Kimberli announced that the Salem Historic Landmarks Commission has selected the winners for the annual "This Place Matters" photo contest. This competition began in 2015 and garners more entries every year, with 33 entries submitted for 2017.
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As you may recall, the month of May is National Historic Preservation Month, so recognition awards just keep coming. The SHLC has long recognized preservation efforts in the local community by bestowing awards named in honor of long-time newspaper photographer Ben Maxwell and local preservation activist Virginia Green. The Ben Maxwell Award recognizes excellence in the renovation of an historic building, and this year's recipient was the extensive work done on the exterior of the Oregon Supreme Court Building. The Virginia Green Award recognizes an individual who has contributed greatly to historic preservation in our community, with architect/builder David Bolton being named the 2017 recipient. These well-deserving folks received their awards at a recent meeting of the Landmarks Commission.
Posted by Deb Meaghers