Preservation New Jersey is pleased to solicit public nominations for the 2020 NJ Historic Preservation Awards for leadership, to be presented in conjunction with the Historic Preservation Office & NJ Historic Sites Council project achievement awards

Deadline Extended! Nominations now due May 20th.

Due to concerns about large public gatherings and COVID-19, the announcement of the awards will initially occur on July 22, 2020 via media release only. The Historic Preservation Office and Preservation New Jersey will schedule a ceremony at a date TBD when it is deemed safe to gather in larger groups.

We look froward to awarding  individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a major or sustained impact within the field of history and historic preservation in New Jersey. Awards will be given to those that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to history and historic preservation in general, or to a specific resource in particular. Additional awards will be allocated based on professional, technical, and/or personal accomplishments.

Presented by Preservation New Jersey

Leadership Award Categories

New Preservation Initiatives Award – For organizations, individuals, and agencies that have created new initiatives and new opportunities for preservation , education, and/or community engagement in NJ.
Visionary Stewardship Award – For organizations, individuals, and agencies that have shown long-term and quality commitment to the use of a historic resource and/or the field of historic preservation in general.
Historic Preservation Commission Award – For local historical commissions or committees that have undertaken new initiatives, provided long-term quality work to their community or successfully overcome recent obstacles.
The Sarah P. Fiske Legacy Award – A lifetime achievement award for individuals that have made important and sustained contributions to the understanding and promotion of historic preservation and history in New Jersey.

Leadership Award Criteria

  1. Public impact on the community, region, or state.
  2. Quality and/or creativity of effort.
  3. Broadened public awareness of history & historic preservation.
  4. Increased partnerships to support history & historic preservation.
  5. Quality of the submission.

Leadership Award Submission Requirements

  1. Nominee contact information
  2. Short biographical description (250 words max)
  3. Narrative describing how the nominee meets the award selection criteria (1500 words max, PDF preferred)
  4. Hi resolution digital TIFF photographs of nominee and/or work (5 minimum – 15 maximum)
  5. Supporting documents such as samples of work, letters or support, etc (PDF preferred)

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Presented by the Historic Preservation Office & NJ Historic Sites Council

Achievement Award Categories

Preservation Documents – National Register nomination; Innovative Survey which contributes to regional or statewide knowledge of historic resources and/or historic context; Innovative Preservation Planning documents including architectural design guidelines, master plans, and local ordinances; Publications contributing to regional or statewide knowledge of historic resources and/or context; Historic Stucture Report or Preservation Plan.
Projects – Restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of historic buildings, structures, sites, cultural landscapes or maritime properties – especially projects that incorporate sustainability, green design and/or urban revitalization – through historic preservation.
Innovations – Pioneering or inventive efforts in sustainability, historic preservation education, or interpretive programs; Pioneering or inventive efforts in planning to preserve communities, buildings, complexes, archaeological sites or other types of historic resources; Stewardship

Achievement Award Criteria

  • The NJ Historic Preservation Awards are presented to nominees judged to demonstrate exceptional merit in the field of historic preservation.
  • All projects & programs must involve New Jersey historic resources eligible for listing, or already listed, in the NJ and/or National Register of Historic Places, and must meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Achievement Award Submission Requirements

  1. Fully completed nomination form
  2. Narrative
  3. All supporting documentation
  4. High resolution digital TIFF Photographs (5 minimum – 25 maximum)
  5. Images must depict the nominated project. Before & after views
    are encouraged.
  6. Letters of support are desirable and should be included at the end of
    the application.

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project award nomination website.)

Nominations due May 20th.

Questions? Contact Emily Manz at emily(at) or 609.583.0881.
Thank you for helping us to celebrate NewJersey’s history and historic preservation leaders!