West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History

State Historic Preservation Office Seeks Nominations for Preservation Awards

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is seeking nominations for Our Legacy, Our Future Preservation Awards. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 15, 2022. Individuals, organizations, resources and historic districts are all eligible for consideration. The awards will be presented at a reception at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, at 2 p.m. Nominations will need a one-page summary of the reasons for the nomination and up to five supporting documents. 

This awards program honors the exemplary work of dedicated people who keep the state moving forward as they help to preserve and protect its historic resources. The three award categories include the Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting Award, Individual Historic Resource Awards and Historic District Awards, with five awards being presented.

The Snookie Nutting Award will be presented to a West Virginian who embodies the spirit and dedication that is making a difference in a community. Nutting has a passion for historic preservation that is inspiring and contagious. Her lifelong pursuit of preservation projects in her hometown of Wheeling is an example of how one person can have an impact on a community.

The Individual Historic Resource Awards recognizes historic preservation efforts associated with an individual historic resource that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Awards in this category include an individual person award, which recognizes a person who demonstrates dedication to the historic preservation of an individual resource and whose work has helped to preserve the resource; and an individual resource award, which recognizes an individual resource that represents a significant aspect of West Virginia’s history and plays a role in the continuing understanding of that history.

Historic District Awards are awarded in two categories: organization award and historic district award. The organization award recognizes an organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of a historic district through restoration, research and attention to the importance of the district. The historic district award recognizes a historic district that is comprised of multiple components that reflect a significant aspect of West Virginia’s history and is an example of what preservation can mean to a community.

For more information about the preservation awards and to fill out a nomination form, go to www.wvculture.org/shpo or contact John Adamik, SHPO education and planning coordinator, at (304) 558-0240 or john.d.adamik@wv.gov.

The Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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