WHALE to Recognize Preservation Projects

Baker-Robinson Whale Oil Refinery. Photo credit: Mark Foster

NEW BEDFORD — “Preservation is for Everyone” is the theme of WHALE’s 48th annual meeting to be held 6 p.m. Tuesday [May 18] in the Whaling Museum Theatre, 18 Johnny Cake Hill. The historic preservation organization annually celebrates outstanding preservation projects that take place throughout the region to underscore that preservation is alive and well locally and can be undertaken by anyone.
The meeting is free and open to the public. In addition to the preservation awards, the organization’s officers and directors will be elected and a review of the organization’s activities over the past year.
Anyone interested in attending should register by calling (508) 997-1776 or e-mailing info@waterfrontleague.org.
Sarah R. Delano Awards are given annually to New Bedford area individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the historic character and environment of Greater New Bedford. Delano was WHALE’s president from 1966-82 and was the driving force behind many of the Waterfront Historic Area League’s most noted projects, including the Zeiterion Theatre, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, the Benjamin Rodman House, the Andrew Robeson House, and the Sundial Building.
The 2010 Sarah R. Delano Award recipients are: Acushnet Historical Commission in celebration of Acushnet’s sesquicentennial and for the designation of the Head of the River National Register Historic District; Philip Dwane for the rehabilitation of 42-46 N. Water St. (Celtic Cafe); Mark Foster for the survey and documentation of the Baker-Robinson Whale Oil Refinery; Jorge Medeiros for the restoration of the carriage house at 71 Hawthorn St.; Mark Montigny for the rehabilitation of 94 Hawthorn St.; Union Baptist Church for individually listing the Union Baptist Church on the National Register of Historic Places; and Westport Fishermen’s Association for the rehabilitation of the circa 1888 Westport Lifesaving station.
“These magnificent projects are proof that preservation is happening throughout our region,” said WHALE’s executive director, Lisa Bergson. “Preservation is being done by homeowners and businesses alike. They prove that preservation is for everyone.” The Carol Juneau Volunteer Award is given annually in memory of Carol Ann Juneau, WHALE’s former membership director, to an individual or individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty and who donate invaluable products, services and expertise in order to further WHALE’s mission and programs. Being recognized this year are Lyn Keith of New England Clam Jams/It’s Thyme Catering and Christopher “Kit” Wise of Wise Surma Jones Architects.
The George C. Perkins President’s Award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions have made a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater New Bedford. George C. Perkins is one of the founders of WHALE and served as the organization’s first president. This year’s recipients are Serenity Gardens Steering Committee for managing Serenity Gardens, the community gardens at the Morse Twist Drill site, and Spiritual Warrior’s Society for managing the Sacred Green Space, a community garden and multifunctional gathering space at the corner of Kempton and Chancery streets.
The meeting is free and open to the public. In addition to the preservation awards, the organization’s officers and directors will be elected and a review of the organization’s activities over the past year. Anyone interested in attending should register by calling (508) 997-1776 or e-mailing info@waterfrontleague.org.
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