Historical society announces award winners

The Hyde Park Historical Society has announced its annual awards to individuals and community organizations that have provided exceptional service in the preservation of Hyde Park Township history, structures and landscape.

The 2013 Paul Cornell Awards winners are:

  • The Jackson Park Advisory Council, Louise McCurry, President, for the restoring the Park’s natural areas, establishing a strong volunteer force, and resurrecting the natural area surrounding LaRabida Children’s Hospital.
  • The Washington Park Conservancy, Madiem Kawa, President, for its commitment to the Park’s natural history, its multitude of volunteer and outreach programs, and its promotion of Washington Park’s history.
  • Stephen A. Treffman, HPHS Board Member Emeritus, long time HPHS archivist, and most recently, curator of the exhibit, “Matchbooks and Menus,” that celebrates the past century of Hyde Park’s commercial history.

The 2013 Jean F. Block award winner is:

  • Richard A. Courage for “The Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950.” This is a highly informative and accessible examination of the African American cultural phenomenon in Chicago’s South Side.

The 2013 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award winners are:

  • The University of Chicago and the Woodlawn Home Owners Association for the creation of Planned Development 43, Sub-Area O, on the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue.
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives for the exterior restoration of five residential buildings in the Pullman neighborhood.
    The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual dinner on Feb. 23, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Visit hydeparkhistory.org for more information.