Presque Isle Historical Society receives prestigious Maine Preservation Award

Today the Maine Preservation announced winners of the 2017 Honor Awards, celebrating outstanding examples of historic preservation and revitalization statewide and recognizing the owners, professionals, preservationists and partners who make them possible.

The 2017 Honor Awards, held at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth, recognized 16 projects and one individual nominated earlier this year. Maine Preservation has been recognizing historic preservation successes across the state since 1998.

“Taking vacant and underutilized historic buildings and adaptively using and updating them is an essential ingredient for community revitalization and vitality,” said Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton. “When completed these buildings lift the economics of the areas around them and the spirits of the citizens benefitting from them. These projects recall the history of their surrounds and our predecessors that built and used them, while filling current needs. And these well-built buildings can be feasibly rehabilitated, economically operated and energy efficient. Maine Preservation is pleased to recognize these people and projects and the many benefits to Maine they provide.”

Presque Isle Historical Society was one of the sixteen recognized this year for its efforts in renovating the historic Maysville Grange building.

Susan Burns, Maine Preservation Trustee President, stated during the awards ceremony that the Historical Society, “has made an incredible impact through this project…and is a stellar example of community ownership in action.”

The project was one of only two recognized that was not a commercial development project and the only historical society recognized. It was also the only organization receiving an award from Aroostook County. Society Directors Kim Smith and Rick Nadeau traveled to Falmouth for the presentation. Smith states, “We were very humbled to be included with these other amazing projects and absolutely thrilled that our efforts were recognized. This award is validation for the hard work by all involved in bringing this project to fruition and hopefully will be a feather in our cap when applying for future grants.”