KEESEVILLE — Efforts to preserve heritage in the Adirondacks have won national acclaim.

Adirondack Architectural Heritage has received a Trustees Award for organizational excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

It was one of 13 such honors given to historic-preservation groups throughout the country, marking “sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation,” according to a news release from the Washington, D.C.,-based National Trust.



After accepting the prestigious award, AARCH Executive Director Steven Engelhart praised the region for its attention to history.

“We accept it on behalf of all of the organizations, state agencies, elected officials, businesses and many, many individuals that AARCH has worked with and relied on as partners in our effort to preserve the Adirondacks’ historic built environment,” he said Friday via email.

"It truly belongs to all of us — we’re just bringing it home!

“We are grateful to the National Trust for this honor, especially in light of the outstanding preservation work that is being done in places across the country by all of the Trustees Award nominees.”



In Washington, the National Trust cited AARCH accomplishments in preserving historic Great Camp properties and other sites that tell the human story in the Adirondacks.

“AARCH set out to create an historic preservation ethic in the region through an innovative program of education, advocacy and partnerships that included tours, workshops, lectures, publications, conferences, online learning and school residencies,” the National Trust said.

“These programs draw people’s attention to the region’s great architectural treasures and important stories but also to the unusual, the threatened and the overlooked.”

The preservation group said AARCH is making a difference in New York.

“Over the past 25 years, Adirondack Architectural Heritage has emerged as one of the most effective rural preservation organizations in the nation,” Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in the news release.

“From its work at the National Historic Landmark Camp Santanoni, to its innovative efforts on behalf of historic fire towers, to its successful campaigns to create historic districts in smaller communities, AARCH is making a difference across New York’s picturesque Adirondack region.”

Engelhart and AARCH founder Howard Kirschenbaum also met with members of Congress while at the nation’s capital.

They are raising concern about historic review of the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad corridor.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization.


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