Phoenix – Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer Kathryn Leonard has announced the creation of a new award honoring individuals whose commercial, political, philanthropic, artistic, planning, or advocacy efforts have contributed to their communities' quality of life, sense of place, and heritage appreciation.
The award is named the Elisabeth A. Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership in honor of the late Elisabeth Ruffner, whose decades of advocacy on behalf of Prescott, Ariz. are of permanent inspiration to Arizona’s preservation community. The award’s invocation of the keystone, both physically and conceptually, reflects the crucial role strong community leadership plays in stabilizing and strengthening historic preservation efforts.
The award will be presented at the 2019 Arizona State Historic Preservation Conference on June 13 in Prescott. The awards ceremony will commence at 6:15 p.m. at the Elks Lodge following the conference Welcome Reception at the Hassayampa Inn across the street. The 2019 ceremony will honor Mrs. Ruffner’s memory and formally dedicate the award in her honor. The award will continue to be bestowed annually from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, with candidates from the host community or regional communities, eligible for consideration.
Full text of the award description:
“The Elisabeth A. Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership honors individuals whose commercial, political, philanthropic, artistic, planning, or advocacy efforts have contributed to their communities' quality of life, sense of place, and heritage appreciation. In construction, the keystone connects and stabilizes the whole, providing necessary support and strength. The Keystone Award recognizes community leaders whose motivation and passion have fostered the resources and connections necessary for preservation to thrive within their communities. The award's namesake, Elisabeth A. Ruffner, was a tireless advocate for historic preservation who has devoted her public life to enhancing her hometown of Prescott, Ariz. This award honors Arizonans who likewise have made their homes better places, enhanced civic identity, and become indispensable Keystones of their communities. The award is presented annually at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office's Statewide Conference to an individual from the host community, celebrating their achievements alongside the communities they have served.”
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is an office of Arizona State Parks and Trails. For more information about SHPO, all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, trails, or the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.