Last Friday, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas presented the 2014 Arkansas Preservation Awards.
Ruth Hawkins, Ph.D. of Jonesboro received the Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement. Named in honor of the Alliance’s Founding President, the Parker Westbrook Award recognizes significant individual achievement in historic preservation. It is the Alliance’s only award for achievement in preservation over a period of years. The award may be presented to an individual, organization, business or public agency whose activity may be of local, statewide or regional importance.
As director of the Arkansas Heritage Sites program at ASU, Dr. Hawkins has the responsibility for development of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center at Piggott, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at Tyronza, the Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village and the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash. She also is executive director of Arkansas Delta Byways, Inc., a tourism promotion association serving 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas. The association manages and promotes two National Scenic Byways in the region: the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas segment of The Great River Road.
Other awards were:
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation
- William F. Laman Public Library, North Little Rock
- Dempsey Bakery, Little Rock
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration
- Beth El Heritage Hall, Helena
Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication
- Architects of Little Rock: 1833-1950 by Gordon Wittenberg and Charles Witsell. Published by University of Arkansas Press
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy
- Scott Darwin, Jonesboro. For the V.C. Kays House.
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education
- Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail
Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation
- Jennifer Carman and Donna Thomas, Little Rock. Rehabilitation projects in the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District.
Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson
- Clancy McMahon. A. R. Carrol Drugstore, Canehill
Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media
- Rex Nelson, Little Rock. Coverage of the historic Majestic Hotel and downtown Hot Springs
The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering Arkansans to save and rehabilitate historic places.
As Arkansas’s only statewide nonprofit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’ architectural and cultural resources, the Alliance has been educating,
advocating and assisting preservation efforts across Arkansas since 1981. From educating lawmakers to assisting individual property owners, the Alliance
is committed to protecting the many valuable heritage resources that make our state unique. The Alliance’s numerous educational programs include the
quarterly Arkansas Preservation Digest, the annual Arkansas Preservation Conference and the Ramble tours of historic sites. The Alliance has effectively
advocated for public sources of preservation funding and incentives, such as the Real Estate Transfer Tax and the Arkansas Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
The Alliance assists local governments and historic downtown communities through administration of the federal Preserve America program in Arkansas
and participation in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s Main Street Arkansas program—programs which promote historic preservation and heritage
tourism as economic development tools. We hope that you will support the Alliance in these efforts by becoming a member and staying informed of our
many programs and events which enhance the sustainability and quality of life in Arkansas.