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Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and the City of Prescott host the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards Program

(Phoenix, AZ -- June 15, 2012) - This year's State Historic Preservation conference theme is "100 Years of Living History" and the goal is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues.

"Whether it is preservation of historic buildings, the excavation of 13th century Native American ruins, or the protection of our natural landscapes it is within the last century that historic preservation has come into the light, " said Arizona's State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Garrison. The Preservation Awards are the focal event of the conference and the 30th Annual Governor's heritage Preservation Honor Awards recognize the people, organizations and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona's prehistoric and historic resources.

This year's Historic Preservation Honor Awards were given to individuals, businesses, organizations and projects in recognition of outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona's prehistoric and historic treasures. This years awards went to:


  • William Otwell, Otwell Associate Architects, Prescott, AZ
    30 Years in Historic Preservation Projects in Arizona
    Contact: Elisabeth F. Ruffner (928-445-5644)
  • The University of Arizona "Cannon-Douglass House Rehabilitation"
    Contact: Arthur Stables, 520-795-2705
  • Dr. Connie Stone, Lifelong achievements and contribution to Arizona archaeology ad historic preservation. Phoenix - Contact: Michael Johnson (602-417-9236)
  • Cindy Thrasher, President Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society
    Contact: Vivia Strang, National Register Coordinator (602-542-4662)
  • Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church Rehabilitation - Phoenix
    Contact: Jodey Elsner, (602-495-7103)
  • Teresita (Terry) Majewski - A model of community service for historic preservation. Contact: R Brooks Jeffrey (520-621-2991) Tucson
  • Town of Buckeye - "A-Wing" Classrooms for Educational Center
    Contact: Eric Vondy (602-542-6998)
  • Pioneers' Cemetery Association (Pioneer and Military Memorial Park
    Contact: Sterling Foster (602-262-6412) Phoenix
  • Ghost Ranch Lodge - Rehabilitation of 1954 lodge as a low-income Senior housing community
    Contact: Don Ryden Architects (602-253-5381)
  • Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (Neon Sign project)
    Contact: Demion Clinco, Frontier Consulting Group

The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission Public Archaeology Awards went to:

  • i. J. Andrew Darling, Gila River Indian Community, Archaeological Research
  • ii. Donna Ruiz y Costello, Agua Fria Chapter of AZ Archaeology Society, Organizing and preserving the Society's archives and collections.
  • iii. H. Jill McCormick, Arizona Site Steward Program for 15 years
  • iv. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Cultural Sensitivity Training
  • v. Adrianne Rankin, Luke Air Force Base - Site Steward, surveys and research
  • vi. John Shumaker & the Forestry and Special programs Department, APS Company. Statewide inventory of transmission lines and database for agencies.
  • vii. Drs. Paul and Suzanne Fish - Archaeologist - Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Arizona Archaeology
  • viii. Empire Ranch Foundation, Private, Non-Profit for preserving, and educating about, the historic Empire Ranch

For more information about Arizona's State Historic Preservation Office go to or for Conference Award information go to

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