2023 Harford County Historic Preservation Awards Recognize Six Outstanding Contributions To Heritage Preservation


From left to right: Dr. James Karmel, Thurl Brenda Snell, C. Bernard Bodt, Mary Jane Parrish (representing Angela L. Hoover, P.E.), Ben and Barbara Lowe, and David Milton with Rick Hight (representing Dr. Amy Hartman and John Riston's Gladden Farm). (Cred

HARFORD COUNTY - On Saturday, six recipients were honored with the 2023 Harford County Historic Preservation Awards. The Harford County Historic Preservation Commission, which gives out the awards every two years in May to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, recognizes those individuals and organizations who have shown a steadfast commitment to safeguarding the historic and cultural resources of Harford County.

County Executive Bob Cassilly, in his remarks, praised the county's rich history and stressed the importance of preserving it for future generations.

"Harford County has a rich history that we must continue to preserve for future generations," County Executive Bob Cassilly said. "To this year's winners, congratulations and thanks for helping us keep local history alive."

The 2023 honorees included:

  • Gladden Farm was awarded the Preservation Project Award for rehabilitating the manor house and constructing appropriate additions.
  • The Harford Civil Rights Project received the Special Preservation Award for Communication for developing a smartphone app, website, and tours documenting and interpreting the history of the struggle for racial equality in Harford County.
  • Ben and Barbara Lowe were given the Special Preservation Award for Community Involvement for their work in bringing historians, artists, and model train enthusiasts together to narrate the history of the Ma and Pa Railroad through the Ma and Pa Railroad Trolley project.
  • The Special Preservation Award for Education went to Thurl Brenda Snell for her exhibition celebrating the life of Dr. George T. Stansbury, a local physician and a key figure in Harford County's African American community during the mid-20th Century.
  • Angela L. Hoover, P.E., of Harford County Parks and Recreation, was honored with the Local Government Award for her leadership and commitment to stabilizing the Emily Bayless Graham Park Manor House.
  • C. Bernard Bodt received the Preservationist Honor Award for his extensive research, documentation, and interpretation of the history of the County's former canning and ice harvesting industries.
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