The Coalition wishes to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and understanding of Sarasota County’s prehistorical and historical resources. Besides honoring those who have devoted themselves to maintaining the integrity of our remaining architectural, archeological, and historical assets and educating the public to their importance, the Heritage Awards aim to raise the level of public support for governmental and citizen-based efforts to preserve our common past so future generations may learn from it.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Thank you for participating in this year's awards!
Awardees will be notified in February and announced in March.
The History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County announces Awardees of the 2019 Sarasota County Heritage Awards
LILLIAN BURNS INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT
Conferred upon an individual who has made profound contributions to the history and preservation movement in Sarasota County. Contributions may include scholarly research and publication, education, museology, history and preservation organizational leadership, and public advocacy for history and preservation. The Awards Committee will be most impressed with nominations that document sustained excellence and high achievement.
Julia Cousins Laning
Nathalie McCulloch (posthumously)
Betty Intagliata (2018)
Recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve and document prehistoric sites and/or effective advocacy of archaeological conservation.
Dr. Uzi Baram
Dr. George Luer (2017)
Dr. Steven Koski (2018)
Awarded for outstanding contributions through research and publication to increase knowledge of Sarasota County’s past.
Newtown Conservation Historic District (2017)
Jeff Lahurd (2018)
Presented to a Sarasota County historical or preservation organization for outstanding success in historical preservation, historical education, and/or support of historical research. The Awards Committee welcomes nominations of organizations that have successfully completed a project or a series of projects that have had a significant impact on preserving and understanding Sarasota County’s history.
Lemon Bay Historical Society
Venice Main Street & Venice Heritage, Inc. (2017)
Sarasota Architectural Foundation (2018)
HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS PRESERVATION
Recognizes outstanding work in preserving, describing, and providing public access to historical collections located within Sarasota County. The award will be given to individuals or organizations that demonstrate the use of best practices in the field of archival management.
Michael Swain (2017)
Deborah Walk (2018)
HISTORIC STRUCTURE PRESERVATION
Recognizes and celebrates the best preservation projects in Sarasota County. Nominated projects must have been completed within the last five years of the submission deadline. Nominations are judged for their success in preservation, rehabilitation, and/or restoration of our architectural heritage in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior standards as well as the impact of the project on the community.
Howard W. Davis (2018)
STUDENT SCHOLAR AWARD
Promotes and recognizes excellence in student contributions to the field of history, archaeology, or preservation. Contributions should focus on Sarasota County history and can be in the form of a research paper, exhibit, website, or documentary. Nominations are open to juniors and seniors in high school and freshmen and sophomore college students.