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Wildwood Historical Society President Taylor Henry wins Young Preservationist Award

TRENTON, NJ – Preservation New Jersey, a statewide member-supported non-profit historic preservation organization, announced the recipients of the 2021 New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards. The awardees were celebrated October 13, 2021 at the 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, New Jersey.

Photo by Billy Neumann

“This year Preservation New Jersey is celebrating excellence in preservation with the introduction of new categories like the Young Preservationist Award, Dr. Doris C. Carpenter Excellence Award, and Constance Greiff Writing Award, in addition to established awards like the Preservation Projects and Preservation Documents Awards,” stated Executive Director Emily Manz. “These projects all contribute to the preservation of our state’s historic resources and the understanding of our state history.” “Preservation New Jersey is excited to be recognizing so many diverse, innovative projects from all across the state and the people and organization making preservation possible,” shared Matthew Pisarski, President of the Board of Director of Preservation New Jersey.

Photo by Billy Neumann

Taylor Nicole Henry, winner of the Young Preservationist Award, began volunteering with the Wildwood Historical Society in 2017 and quickly rose to become its youngest President in October 2019. During that time Taylor authored the book Wildwoods Houses Through Time that showcased local vernacular architectural and began the popular blog @TinyChurchesNJ documenting NJ places of worship. In the same year she co-founded the preservation advocacy group Preserving the Wildwoods that eventually led to the Wildwoods’ nomination to Preservation New Jersey’s 2019 Top 10 Most Endangered Places. In 2020 and 2021 she was honored by National Trust for Historic Preservation as a PastForward Diversity Scholar.

The Young Preservationist Award is in recognition of a preservationist under the age of 40 making important contributions to the preservation field in New Jersey through their work or service.

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Vicki Bundschu
Vicki Bundschu
08 jan. 2022

Taylor Henry is a wonderful asset to the Wildwood Historical Society. She is so enthusiastic and takes on all kinds of tasks at the museum. She is a great contributor.

Vicki Bundschu



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