Arkansas Preservation Awards
The following awards are awarded each year. Where does an individual or organization that you know fit in? See the Nominations Page for nominations instructions.
The Parker Westbrook Award - recognizes significant individual achievement in historic preservation. It is the Alliance’s only award for achievement in preservation over a period of years. The award may be presented to an individual, organization, business, or public agency whose activity may be of local, statewide, or regional importance.
Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation - recognizes an activity or project that has made a significant contribution to an historic area in Arkansas. Examples would include an effort to save a critical structure, creation of a revolving fund, or the establishment and maintenance of a neighborhood newsletter. If the nomination includes an achievement relating specifically to a construction project, photographs must be included. If it is a tangible, non-construction project, such as a newsletter, a copy or representative issue must be included with the nomination.
Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson - recognizes high-quality work that demonstrates an understanding of the principles and practice of preservation techniques on a specific project. It is not intended to reflect lifetime achievement. The nomination must include photographs of the work and descriptions of the obstacles faced by the craftsperson in performing the work, innovative techniques or materials used in the project, and the process involved in the work, including research where applicable.
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation- Eligible projects retain significant historic fabric but do not attempt to restore a structure to an earlier appearance. Nominations in this category should focus on how new materials and design were integrated with historic fabric to make the project successful.
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration- Eligible projects are those in which a primary goal was returning a structure to a documented earlier appearance. Nominations should focus on efforts to retain the integrity of the structure and must describe the process involved in achieving the result, including research, and solutions chosen to problems presented by modern mechanical intrusion, meeting code requirements, etc.
Excellence in Personal Projects - recognizes the achievement of individuals in preserving, rehabilitating, or restoring structures for their own use. At the time of nomination, the project should be substantially complete. Nominations for this award should focus on the completed project, the process involved, and the owner/user’s specific efforts and contributions to the project.
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy- Any entity is eligible for this award for having made a notable contribution to championing the cause of preservation. This award is intended to honor individuals (including public officials), publications, organizations, etc. that have had a strong impact on preservation through advocacy efforts.
Outstanding New Construction in an Historic Setting- Any contemporary building located within an historic context is eligible, including a major addition to an historic building. The project is expected to respect and complement the historic integrity of its setting. Nominations should focus on significant aspects of the historic setting and the manner in which the contemporary design acknowledges and complements them.
Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media - is intended for professional television, radio, and newspaper reporters who present accurate, complete, and balanced account of a preservation project, problem, or issue.
The Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication - combines excellence in writing with preservation achievement. It recognizes authors, editors, and publishers who write or create books or significant journal articles about preservation in Arkansas. Publications may document a particular preservation project, profile a person or group active in preservation, or discuss general preservation themes and issues.
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education - recognizes any individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the cause of historic preservation in Arkansas through education.
Excellence in Heritage Preservation - recognizes Preserve America communities or organizations in designated communities that have proven their commitment to preservation of their historic, cultural, and natural heritage and strive to meet the goals of Preserve America: a greater knowledge of the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities. Nominations should include information about how Preserve America designation has been used to promote heritage tourism and foster new partnerships within the community.