The Halifax County Historical Society is the recipient of the George W. B. Stoner and Melville Jennings Research and Education Award from Preservation Virginia.
This award recognizes an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the cause of historic preservation or archaeology in Virginia through research, interpretation or education.
The society was asked to write a proposal and was nominated for the award by Carl Espy IV, Halifax town manager; Tom S. Raab, South Boston town manager; and Scott R. Simpson, Halifax County administrator.
The letter the society received stated, “The awards committee was impressed by the commitment of the historical society, which logged thousands of volunteer hours surveying over four hundred properties and compiling and publishing a book that has received accolades from Richard Guy Wilson, professor in Architectural History from the University of Virginia as well as a resolution from the Halifax County Board of Supervisors and the Halifax and South Boston town councils.”
The society is indebted to members of the committee who dedicated eight years of research to make this publication possible. In addition, it wishes to thank all homeowners who shared their properties.
The award will be presented to the Society at an awards dinner in Richmond April 3.
In addition to the historical society’s award, Preservation Virginia’s Historic Preservation Awards on April 3 at the Bolling Haxall House will recognize innovative initiatives that include rehabilitating historic structures for reuse as affordable housing in Roanoke; spearheading a historic marker project in Virginia Beach and the dune restoration project at Cape Henry Lighthouse.
“While our award recipients represent widely different areas of expertise, they share a common bond,” said Preservation Virginia CEO Elizabeth S. Kostelny. “They are helping Virginia’s communities and historic places of memory become stronger, more vital and economically sustainable through preservation, education and advocacy.”
“We are inspired by these award recipients, and their commitment, creativity and tenacity,” she added.
Noted business leader and author David M. Rubenstein also will be honored that evening with a “Trustees’ Award for Exceptional Achievement” for his commitment to historic preservation projects at Mount Vernon, Montpelier and Monticello, among many others, and his belief that a more informed citizenry comes from studying our history.
Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, also is the author of The American Story, Conversations with Master Historians, featuring insights from noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Pulitzer Prize winning authors Jon Meacham and Robert Caro.
“David M. Rubenstein embraces the concept that preservation efforts must strive to capture the complexities of our history by examining all perspectives through honest narratives. We are delighted to honor him with this award during this very special evening,” said Kostelny.
Tickets for the event which includes dinner and the awards ceremony are $250, with a limited number still available for purchase online at preservationvirginia.org.
Proceeds from the gala help fund Preservation Virginia’s initiatives, programs and educational activities in communities across the commonwealth.