50th Anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act Noted
(Schenectady, NY – May 16, 2016) Schenectady Heritage Foundation announces their 2016 Preservation Awards for excellence in historic preservation in Schenectady County. The award winners will be honored at the Foundation’s annual ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 4pm in the rotunda of Schenectady City Hall. The public is cordially invited to attend.
2016 Award winners include four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one that is eligible for listing. They are:
Mayor Gary McCarthy is scheduled to speak at the Award ceremony, as well as Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation for the Preservation League of NYS. The League recently named Schenectady’s Stockade Historic District to their 2016 “Seven to Save” list of most endangered places in NYS.
Gloria Kishton, Chairperson of the Foundation, praised the Award winners’ accomplishments, stating, “This year’s Awards showcase diverse examples of preservation that enhance economic development while preserving Schenectady’s historic architecture.”
The Foundation also notes the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act which established broad historic preservation policy in the United States. The Act created State Offices of Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. Gradually, financial incentives promoting historic preservation were offered. The Award winners who will be honored by the Foundation this year have all benefited from the NHPA.
Schenectady Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster historic preservation in Schenectady County. The Foundation aids historic building and neighborhood conservation and rehabilitation through education, advocacy, and financial assistance.
For information on Schenectady Heritage Foundation or the Preservation Awards:
For information on the Preservation League’s “Seven to Save” list: http://www.preservenys.org/seven-to-save—2016-17.html
For information on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: http://www.achp.gov/index.html