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4/2/2014 12:01:00 AM
Group seeks to recognize local history efforts

Throughout Northwest Michigan, individuals, volunteers and organizations are protecting and preserving this region's rich history in ways not often recognized by the public. But without these caretakers of our past, many stories that have defined this area of Michigan would be lost to the passage of time and memory.

To recognize these extraordinary efforts in protecting, preserving and sharing our history, the Essence of Emmet - a local collaborative of organizations and individuals sharing an interest in our history - has announced it will begin an awards program.

To be eligible for the awards, the recipient(s) must be individuals and organizations dedicated to the preservation, presentation and promotion of the history and culture of Emmet County (individuals serving on the Essence of Emmet group are not eligible). Work or programs must have taken place in the last 18 months within Emmet County, though the nominated party does not need to be a resident of Emmet County.

"The Essence of Emmet group has been discovering a really vast network of people, organizations and groups in our communities who are doing fascinating, important work preserving the stories from the past," said Phil Porter, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks and an Essence of Emmet member.

"We felt this would be a terrific way to support and encourage these efforts and shine a light on the on the people doing this really great work."

The public is invited and encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations for these awards, which have several categories: Lifetime achievement award; distinguished volunteer award; distinguished professional award; Publications (articles, books, newsletters and print media, websites); restoration and preservation projects; special programs; and exhibits. No more than one award per category will be awarded each year.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Essence of Emmet Awards Committee. Winners will be announced during the annual fall twice-yearly program hosted by the Essence of Emmet group. Nominations are due September 1.

To nominate, please complete and submit the nomination form that can be found online, at www.emmetcounty.org/historical/ If you have questions about the awards or the process, please contact Phil Porter at (231) 436-4100.

The Essence of Emmet group works to promote this region's rich history. Members of the Essence of Emmet include the Emmet County Historical Commission, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Inland Water Route Historical Society, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Little Traverse Historical Society, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinaw Area Historical Society and Pellston Historical Society. For information about the group, contact Beth Anne Eckerle, Emmet County Director of Communications, at (231) 348-1704 or beckerle@emmetcounty.org

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