CAMDEN, NJ— The Camden County Historical Society has won a 2019 Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for the Camden County Heritage Tourism Plan, the historical society announced today. 

The award will be presented at the 2019 Preservation Achievement Awards ceremony on June 5, 2019 in Philadelphia.

The Camden County Heritage Tourism Plan was a collaborative marketing effort of 48 historic sites and history organizations in Camden County that resulted in the first ever Camden County History Week, held this past October. The nine-day event attracted more than 1,00 visitors to 32 sites open to the public and launched seven thematic heritage trails.

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The plan was presented by the Camden County History Alliance, an association of 48 Camden County history organizations, historic sites, and support agencies that work to promote their sites and history. It was funded through four grants totaling nearly $50,000 — three from the New Jersey Historic Trust and one for design and printing all the literature for Camden County History Week from the William G. Rohrer Foundation.

Each year, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents the Preservation Achievement Awards to a select group of individuals, organizations and businesses for projects from throughout the region which exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. The awards honor projects involving the preservation or protection of historic resources including the restoration, rehabilitation and/or adaptive reuse of historic properties; sympathetic new additions to historic buildings; or education, documentation and advocacy work on behalf of preservation of our heritage.

The Camden County Historical Society’s work with the History Alliance is an outgrowth of the Historical Society’s longstanding leadership role in cultivating and encouraging local history organizations to educate their members and others by telling many different and compelling stories about our collective past. The Camden County Heritage Tourism Plan uses the Historical Society as the central fulcrum for joint marketing purposes.

The History Alliance will be continuing the Heritage Tourism initiative with Camden County History Month in October 2019. To expand on the Heritage Trails, the first Built in Camden County Day, highlighting the architectural heritage of the county, will be held on Saturday, May 11. Information about all upcoming events can be seen at www.camdencountyhistoryalliance.com.

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