February 27, 2019

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission



 (Montgomery, AL) The Alabama Historical Commission and the Black Heritage Council are seeking nominations for the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored during the Alabama Preservation Conference, held in conjunction with the Alabama Historical Association Annual meeting April 25-27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa.

Nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

Distinguished Service Award: Since 1969, the Alabama Historical Commission has celebrated achievements in preservation by presenting the Distinguished Service Award to individuals and groups whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.


Roy Swayze Award: Roy Swayze Award: Once recognized by President Reagan for his restorative work at Kirkwood Mansion in Greene County, Roy Swayze was a member of the Greene County Historic Society whose preservation efforts began a restoration movement in West Alabama. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a private owner in the restoration of a major Alabama landmark. 


Idella Childs Award: Each year the Black Heritage Council recognizes outstanding preservation projects that highlight Alabama’s African-American history and culture. The late Idella Childs established an enviable record as a preservationist of Alabama’s black landmarks. 


The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5. Submissions can be made electronically to andi.martin@ahc.alabama.gov or mailed to the Alabama Historical Commission or by mail to

Andi Martin Alabama Historical Commission P.O. Box 300900 Montgomery, AL 36130.


About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  


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