Preservationists of the Year 2002
Preservation Howard County's first annual "Preservationist of the Year" awards were presented to:
Helen Voris - Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen Voris was a "worker bee" when it came to preservation initiatives. You would often find her on her hands and knees weeding the Thomas Viaduct, or working on the Elkridge Heritage Society newsletter, or writing hymns for the sesquicentennial. She was instrumental in the foundation of the Howard County Historical and Cultural Alliance and a long-time booster for the town of Elkridge. Helen Voris exemplified the ideal that nothing is accomplished unless you are willing to roll up your sleeves.
Dick Talkin and Don Reuwer - Specific Preservation/Restoration Project
The recipients of this award took a tired, long-vacant Howard County landmark and, despite advice that it couldn't be done, painstakingly restored the building to its former glory. Dorsey Hall has found an adaptive use as office space and is a shining example of what can be done with determination and commitment.
County Executive, Jim Robey - Historic Preservation Program
In 2000, Howard County made a commitment to include historic preservation in the 2000 General Plan. One of the goals of that Plan was to update and revise the Historic Sites Inventory, which had been unchanged since the 70's. This Inventory is the cornerstone on which all legislative and regulatory initiatives rest. Despite tight budgetary times and under the leadership of a County Executive who supports historic preservation, state and local funds were secured via budgets and grants to rebuild this Inventory. Jim Robey displayed commitment to this program and other historic preservation initiatives.
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