Awards Program

cemeterySince 1999, Otsego 2000 has sponsored the annual Historic Preservation Awards for Otsego and Schoharie Counties. These awards recognize individuals and groups who have committed themselves to preserving our regional historic sites, landscapes and communities for future use and enjoyment. An independent jury of preservation experts reviews applications for the following award categories: Career Achievement, Stewardship, Adaptive Reuse, Restoration, Rehabilitation, Historic Preservation Planning, and Community Education and Outreach. To be eligible for consideration, the project must have been completed within the past five years.

Nominations for the historic preservation awards will be considered in the following categories:

Career Achievement – An individual who has demonstrated significant leadership or accomplishments in the area of historic preservation and/or history during his or her lifetime.

Stewardship – The long-term care and protection of a historic property, whether by an individual, a private organization, or a public agency.

Adaptive Re-use - For a project that has made use of a historic property (often through rehabilitation) for other than its originally intended purpose. (Examples include re-using a schoolhouse as a restaurant.)

Restoration (for buildings, structures, or landscapes) - For a project that successfully returns, as nearly as possible, an existing site, building, structure, or landscape to its condition at a particular time in its history, using the same construction materials and methods as the original where possible; typically the period of greatest historical significance or aesthetic integrity is chosen; may include removing later additions, making hidden repairs, or replacing missing period work.

Rehabilitation (for buildings, structures, or landscapes) - For a project that returns a property to a state of utility through repair or alteration which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions or features of a property which are significant to its historical, architectural, and cultural integrity.

Historic Preservation Planning - A series of activities that develop goals, priorities, and strategies for identification, evaluation, registration, and protection of historic properties (e.g. historic district nominations, cultural resource surveys, comprehensive plans with a historic preservation section, etc.).

Community Education and Outreach - This category is for projects that may not fit any of the above categories. Projects considered under this category include educational publications (e.g. community histories, walking tour brochures, etc.), or history exhibits. Projects nominated under this category must demonstrate that they further historic preservation goals or objectives.

The diverse group of award recipients over the years, including individuals with a life-long passion for preservation, educational programs developed by school groups, rehabilitation-focused homeowners and many other special projects, reflects the value our community places on preserving our region’s past for the enjoyment of all – this is our way to say thank you!

Click here for the nomination form.