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Historical Society Hosts Biennial Awards

The Montana Historical Society is hosting a historic preservation award ceremony May 5. While the event is in Helena, the awards are for preservation efforts across Montana. Five entities will be recognized during the biennial event at the Myrna Loy Theater in Helena.

The award recipients include historian Dr. Ellen Baumler (Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation, historian Chere Jiusto (Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation), the Como Schoolhouse Corporation (Outstanding Historic Preservation Stewardship, the Como School in Ravalli County), Grove & Company, LLC (Outstanding Local Preservation Project, F.M. Mack General Store in Augusta), Fagg Family Properties, LLC and HGFA Architects (Outstanding Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Project – Governor’s Award, the Kate Fratt Memorial Parochial School in Billings).

“Recognizing Montana’s outstanding heritage places and those people who help preserve them remains a cornerstone to successful historic preservation in our state,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Pete Brown.

In addition to the awards, certificates will be presented to owners of 25 properties that were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2021 and 2022. The properties are from 16 different counties. Also recognized will be Dr. Delia Hagen, author of the award-winning document “Black Montana’s Heritage Places.”

Two retiring Historic Preservation Review Board members, C. Riley Auge of Columbia Falls and Carol Bronson of Great Falls, also will be recognized for their service of eight years.

“This preservation awards ceremony represents a significant event for us to acknowledge those places and people that make Montana the special and unique place it is,” said National Register coordinator John Boughton.

The awards ceremony is slated to begin at 2 p.m. May 5, at the Myrna Loy Theater at 15 No. Ewing St. in Helena, and the free event is open to the public and all with an interest in Montana history are encouraged to attend.

For additional information and remote viewing options, visit AwardsCeremony or contact Melissa Munson ([email protected] or 406-444-7715) or John Boughton ([email protected] or 406-444-3647).

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