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Center wins preservation award

COLUMBUS - The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center was one of 16 recipients of the 2013 Ohio Historic Preservation Awards.

Ohio Historical Society Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Burt Logan presented recipients with awards in two categories - Public Education & Awareness and Preservation Merit - during a Sept. 28 luncheon at the German Village Meeting Haus. This year's awards went to recipients in 14 communities.

Center staff on hand at the awards ceremony included (from left) Gil Gonzalez, Kathy Boukissen, Director Emeritus Tom Culbertson, Executive Director Christie Weininger, Nancy Kleinhenz, and Ashley Wyatt.The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont received a Preservation Merit award for its restoration of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The five-year project was completed in 2012 at a cost of $1.5 million. Executive Director Christie Weininger and Director Emeritus Thomas Culbertson accepted the award.

The Preservation Merit Award is given for preserving Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating or otherwise preserving an important building or site, longtime stewardship of a property, promoting protective legislation, funding preservation projects, offering leadership, support or service and furthering preservation at the local, regional or state level.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards, which have been presented annually since 1983 on the basis of nominations submitted from throughout the state. For a complete list of 2013 recipients, visit www.ohiohistory.org.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. A part of the Ohio Historical Society, it identifies historic places in Ohio; nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places; reviews federally-assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio; qualifies communities for the Certified Local Governments program and administers a program of matching grants to them; consults on the conservation of older buildings and sites; and offers educational programs and publications.