The Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes (PAS: APAL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Awards.
Henry H. Douglas Distinguished Service Award
The Award is named in memory of the founder of the Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts & Landscapes, Mr. Henry H. Douglas, and is given to an individual who has made significant contributions over the years in furthering the Society’s goals through service, teaching, publications, and/or the promotion of historic preservation.
The recipient was long-time Society member Alexander T. Bobersky of Warren, Ohio. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bobersky was the Urban Design & Grant Coordinator for the Warren, Ohio Community Development Department.
W. Frank Ainsley Outstanding Service Award
The Award, established in 2012, is named in memory of geographer, W. Frank Ainsley, who faithfully served as the Society’s Secretary-Treasurer for 20 years. This special award is only presented periodically to a PAS: APAL member in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the Society.
The first recipient was Cathy A. Wilson of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the Society’s current secretary.
Fred B. Kniffen Book Award
The Fred B. Kniffen Book Award, established in 1989, honors the work of Fred B. Kniffen, a long-time scholar at Louisiana State University. The Kniffen Award recognizes the best-authored book in the field of North American material culture.
The recipient was Peter Benes, the director of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife in affiliation with Historic Deerfield, Inc., in Deerfield, Massachusetts, for: Meetinghouses of Early New England. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.
Allen G. Noble Book Award
The Allen G. Noble Book Award is given in honor of the scholarship Allen G. Noble contributed to cultural geography. The award recognizes the best-edited book in the field of North American material culture.
The recipient was Michael P. Conzen of the University of Chicago, editor, for: The Making of the American Landscape, 2nd edition. London: Routledge Press, 2010.
PAS:APAL Historic Preservation Award
The Historic Preservation Award, established in 2000, recognizes the preservation, interpretation, instruction, celebration, or exhibit of American material culture.
The Historic Preservation Award winners were Ryan and Eric Berley for their restoration of the Shane Candies Confectionery at 110 Market Street in the Old City District of Philadelphia, PA (photo below).
The Historic Preservation Certificate of Merit recipient was Temple University of Philadelphia, PA, in recognition of its outstanding efforts to rehabilitate the 1891 North Broad Street Baptist Temple (photo below). The structure is now used as the Temple University Performing Arts Center and is an excellent example of adaptive reuse.
Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition Award
The Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition, established in 2004 in memory of folklife scholar Warren E. Roberts, a longtime PAS: APAL member and former member of the Board of Directors, is an annual competitive award that recognizes excellence in original graduate student fieldwork, documentary research, and writing in the area of traditional North American material culture.
There was no award presented in 2012.
Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award
The Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award, established in 2012, is in honor of long-time PAS: APAL member, Hubert Wilhelm, a cultural geographer, whose enthusiasm for teaching has had a global impact, and is in memory of the Society’s Executive Director, Artimus Keiffer, an architectural geographer and student of Hubert Wilhelm. The award is an annual competitive prize in the field of American material culture which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
The first recipient of the award was Kristin L. Britanik, a recent graduate of the Historic Preservation program at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, for her paper, “Where are the Ladies’ Rest Rooms? The Evolution of Women-Only Resting Rooms Amid Social Changes of the Early Twentieth Century.”