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Home arrowNews arrowApril 7, 2014

ACHP Applauds National Building Museum's 2014 Honor Awards

The National Building Museum has bestowed its 2014 Honor Award on Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States and honorary chair of Preserve America, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), in recognition of their efforts to preserve the nation’s architectural and built heritage. The awards were presented at the annual Honor Award gala on April 1 in Washington, D.C.

John L. Nau III, former chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., was one of the two tribute speakers. Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS NewsHour, was the other speaker.

“As a country we are fortunate that Laura Bush saw an opportunity to share her commitment to historic preservation by making it one of her priorities as First Lady of the United States,” Nau said. “Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Preserve America initiative, a unique public-private effort championed by Mrs. Bush.” (Read more of Nau's remarks here.)

Stephanie Meeks, President of the NTHP, accepted the award on behalf of her organization. As president, Meeks is a member of the ACHP.

According to the National Building Museum Web site, the Honor Award program was created in 1986 “to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our nation’s building heritage. Honor Award recipients are leaders who have defined our culture, developed our communities, and crafted our built environment.”

The awards ceremony was of more than three-fold significance for the ACHP. In addition to the involvement of Bush, Nau and Meek, the National Building Museum will be the new home for the organization when it relocates from the Old Post Office Building this spring.

For more about the Honor Award, please visit:
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Building Museum

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