Former HAPC Chair Receives State Historic Preservation Award
The City of Oxford is pleased to announce that former Chair of the Historic and Architectural Preservation Commission, Laura Henderson, received a State Historic Preservation Office Award on October 18 in Columbus. She was one of only three recipients in the state to be honored for Public Education and Awareness projects, while 12 others received awards for Preservation Merit.
Henderson served on the Oxford Historic & Architectural Preservation Commission (HAPC) from 2004 to 2014 and was Chair of the Commission in 2014. Before her retirement, she was Registrar and Collections Manager for the Miami University Art Museum.
Henderson was honored at the 33rd annual Preservation Awards Luncheon for her efforts to engage and educate the public on the value of preserving the built environment. Her nomination specifically cited her for initiating the City’s Historic Marker Program, for coordinating the Township House relocation, for organizing annual guided tours of Oxford’s historic sites, for creating a new HAPC brochure, and for promoting “This Place Matters” photo submittals to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Most of these activities were connected to her HAPC duties but went well beyond the expectations of most volunteer efforts. Laura’s hopes are that this recognition will “go beyond a personal achievement and not only encourage people to continue and expand the programs, but bring public attention to Oxford as a caring community that respects and preserves its rich culture and historic architecture.”
The Awards Luncheon was followed by a guided tour of the Ohio History Center, which was built in the late 1960s in the brutalist style.
Ohio Historical Society is Now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
Find out more about programs and events on the Ohio History Connection website, or call (800) 686-6124.