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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2018

Contact: Lawrence Hajna (609) 292-2994
Caryn Shinske (609) 984-1795

DEP SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 28TH ANNUAL NEW JERSEY HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM
ANNUAL EVENT RECOGNIZES CONTRIBUTION TO PRESERVING HISTORIC AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES ACROSS STATE

(18/P020) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking nominations for New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards, a prestigious honor that acknowledges the dedication of those whose work advances historic preservation in the Garden State.

The deadline for submission of nomination applications is April 12 at 4 p.m. Recipients will be honored in June during the 28th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards program.

Alice Paul House, Mount LaurelEach year, the awards program honors important contributions to the preservation of New Jersey’s historic and archaeological resources, as well as pioneering efforts in sustainability, historic preservation education, interpretive programs, and planning to preserve historic and archaeological resources.

“Preserving New Jersey’s rich and diverse history is a top priority at the DEP,” said Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “By preserving our past, we are ensuring that future generations will be able to better understand and appreciate our state’s important contributions to the development of the nation. We look forward to honoring the many projects being done in communities across the state to preserve priceless pieces of New Jersey’s legacy.”

For a downloadable 2018 New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards application and other information from the DEP’s Historic Preservation Office, visit www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/

Last year’s recipients included a project to restore an 1858 Greek Italianate home in Moorestown, Burlington County, as corporate headquarters for BAYADA Home Health Care; a partnership by History in the Making and the New Jersey Historic Trust to develop the state’s first website dedicated to promoting heritage tourism; and the restoration of Metuchen’s “horse trough” fountain, a cast-iron fountain that is a prominent element in the Middlesex Avenue-Woodwild Park Historic District.

“Our history is being preserved because of the efforts undertaken by people who are moved to action because they care so much about the indelible mark these places and people have had on their communities,” said Kate Marcopul, Administrator of the Historic Preservation Office. “These efforts have contributed significantly to the preservation and understanding of our treasured past.”

Metuchen Horse Trough fountainThe awards will be presented in conjunction with Preservation New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Leadership Awards ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. June 7 at The Hamilton Club of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, Paterson.

A team of historic preservation professionals will judge the nominations in several categories, including contributions to the advancement of historic preservation; innovative documentation of historic resources that contribute to our knowledge of the past; and pioneering efforts to preserve communities, buildings, archaeological sites and other types of historic resources.

The DEP’s Historic Preservation Office provides expertise in a variety of fields essential to preserving historic resources. The office comprises staff historians, researchers, planners, architects, engineers and archaeologists, and responds to more than 40,000 calls per year from people working to preserve, protect and promote New Jersey’s historic resources.

The state lists more than 51,000 sites on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, ranging from some that are very well known to others that preserve lesser-known facets of the state’s history.

These sites include the Walt Whitman House in Camden, the Botany Worsted Mills Historic District in Passaic City, the Blairstown Historic District and Blairstown Railroad Station in Warren County, numerous sites along the Underground Railroad, the Mullica Hill Historic District in Gloucester County, and the birthplace of pioneering women’s rights activist Alice Stokes Paul in Mount Laurel.

PHOTOS/Top: Alice Paul House, Mount Laurel; Bottom: Metuchen “Horse Trough” fountain

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