1. Preservation and Restoration. Excellence in preservation by protecting, maintaining, rehabilitating, restoring, or adaptive re-use of an historic site, building, object, structure, landscape, view-shed, neighborhood, or historic district in Centre County.
Examples may demonstrate: Principles and practice of preservation techniques, high-quality craftsmanship, innovative techniques or materials, architectural design of contemporary structures in surrounding historic settings, protection/preservation of an historic cultural or natural resource, professional archaeological investigations, etc. Was the project completed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties?
2. History and Heritage. Excellence in keeping the cultural and natural heritage of Centre County viable, establishing a greater knowledge of the County’s past, strengthening local pride.
Examples: Education and interpretation programs, special events, research, genealogical documentation, archives conservation, collections care, publications, books, articles, folklore, music, and oral histories.
3. Education and Advocacy. Notable contribution to raise awareness of themes and issues, foster new partnerships, or increase local participation in preserving cultural and natural heritage assets in Centre County. This could apply to either a specific project, or more broadly over a period of years.
Examples: Publish preservation booklets, implement primary/secondary/university programs, create a restoration fund, establish public policies in support of historic preservation, implement long-term planning for preservation, author series of media articles, rally volunteers to save a site, demonstrate economic vitality of heritage tourism in our community, demonstrate preservation as a “green” movement.
4. Support and Volunteerism. Recognizes significant contributions to historic preservation in Centre County through gifts of time, talents, manpower, materials, or significant financial gifts.
Examples: Dedicating organizational or company staff time to preservation projects, donating supplies for restoration, providing expertise through leadership roles, volunteer coordination in support of historic preservation.