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Elmira group will honor preservation, advocacy

Jan. 18, 2014 by Ray Finger on StarGazette.com

Historic Elmira Inc. is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Preservation Awards for sensitive restoration and preservation projects in the Elmira area.

Community members can enter nominations for the Project or Advocate awards:

  • The Project Award recognizes historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse projects in the area that contribute to the appearance, character and value of local neighborhoods and the community.
  • The Advocate Award celebrates government officials, community leaders, local business owners, journalists and private citizens who passionately value and demonstrate their advocacy for Elmira’s historic architectural heritage through active involvement in the community. This award is also open to groups or organizations that promote historic preservation in the area.

While there is no direct connection with the 150th anniversary this year of the founding of the City of Elmira, the preservation awards program has strong relevance, said Kaye Newbury, president of Historic Elmira.

“We are continuing to be the strong advocate for the history and architectural heritage we have. It’s even more important to note that during a year like this, when we wouldn’t be having an anniversary like this if it weren’t for the things that people have preserved for us,” she said. “There’d be nothing to point to.”

The nomination form can be found on the group’s website, the Historic Elmira office and local community partnersthat include the Chemung County Historical Society, Near Westside Neighborhood Association, Elmira Downtown Development, West Elmira Library and Steele Memorial Library.

The form can be mailed with supporting documentation to Historic Elmira at P.O. Box 252, Elmira, NY 14902 or delivered to the Historic Elmira office at 311 E. Water St.

“Our future really is rooted in this heritage and past,” Newbury said. “We can’t neglect it or refuse to maintain it without risk of working against the kind of community that we’d all be proud of.”

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Historic Elmira, Inc.
PO Box 252, Elmira, NY 14902