On Sunday afternoon, the Noblesville Preservation Alliance presented six awards in the name of Josiah Durfee for supporters who have made significant positive contributions to NPA’s mission.
I was one of those award winners. My award was for advocacy. For writing about events and people and issues that are important to NPA.
For instance, when folks gave me a news tip that the Santa House was going to be moved away from the Square, I wrote about how important it was to keep our Santa House on the Square.
I am humbled to receive this award from NPA, an organization that’s been around more than 30 years, working to preserve the culture, community and historic assets of Noblesville.
Sadie Hunter, my former Times reporter and now a journalist from The Current, also received an award for advocacy.
Four other award winners included Jason and Emily Compton, my nearby neighbors in Old Town, for Interior Renovation striving to preserve the historic architecture; Matt and Amanda Roush, for Exterior Renovation; Martin and Martin Insurance for Community Spirit; and Evelyn Lees, for Stewardship.
Lees has been overseeing the restoration of and maintenance of Riverside Cemetery on Fifth Street, next to Hamilton County Artists’ Association Birdie Gallery near the White River.
“When we see that somebody has done something special, we give them the award,” said Nancy Hebel, outgoing president, who was presentd a new award, a Golden Fuel Pump for Most Outstanding Volunteer.
The awards took place in the former Trinity House of Worship church-turned Logan Street Sanctuary, which the NPA purchased in October from John Gilmore and renamed Preservation Hall.
“We’ve already done a lot of work here,” said Hebel, who on Sunday turned the reins over to new president Sandy Stewart. There has been painting completed in the lower level, Hebel said, and some electrical work was done. Indiana Landmarks awarded a $75,000 interest-free loan for one year, giving the NPA time to fundraise. They want to change the porch, take the siding off and more but must get approval.
How can the community help NPA?
You can make a donation or sponsor tables, pews, windows, window plaques or the pulpit. You can spread the news about this venue, which is available for rent to the public for events and celebrations, dance or piano recitals, business events and more, Hebel said. And you can volunteer your time on NPA work days.
Noblesville’s new mayor Chris Jensen also offered a polished and informative talk about Noblesville.
Read more details about the awards and award winners in today’s edition of The Times….
-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy.reason@thetimes24-7. com.