ROXBURY, NJ – History is Amy Curry's passion and profession, so the Landing resident said she is honored by her recent nomination to serve on the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Board.

The 11-member board makes recommendations to the county freeholders on the funding of historic projects under the Historic Preservation Trust Fund. 

Curry, who is executive director of the Morris County Historical Society, was nominated Nov. 10 by the Roxbury Township Council to serve on the Preservation Trust Board.

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“She has graciously acknowledged her willingness to serve on behalf of Roxbury,” said Roxbury Manager John Shepherd. “She was very humbled the council even considered making her a nominee.”

Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo said Roxbury will be “lucky” to have Curry represent the township on the county board, if she is approved by the freeholders. “Those of you who know Amy Curry know that she’s a real asset to the township,” he said.

'Fun and Rewarding'

Curry, a Boston native and former National Park Service Lead Park Ranger, said she moved to Roxbury in 2011 after becoming executive director of the county Historical Society.

She was a full-scholarship athlete at Penn State University where she majored in natural and cultural resource management with a minor in forest science. Curry subsequently earned a master’s degree in history from Millersville University, focusing on the Civil War/ Reconstruction Era (mid-late 19th century).

She said she decided to volunteer for Roxbury historic preservation efforts after attending one of the town council’s neighborhood meetings. She currently serves on the township’s open space committee and its historic advisory committee and has worked on several major historical restoration projects in Roxbury. 

“Getting involved with the township has been a lot of fun and very rewarding,” Curry said. “Not only has it provided the opportunity to meet some very dedicated and generous people, it has also afforded the opportunity to make a real and positive difference in my community.”

Among the matters with which she was involved were grant applications for the Landing Gateway project, the Lafayette School project and the Morris Canal Inclined Plane 2 East project.

“It's a great feeling to see the grants I wrote for these projects (both on the state and local level) awarded, for the projects to move forward, to see people to get excited and to know that I had even a small part in preserving some incredible pieces of local history,” Curry said. “I honestly just hoped the skills and experience I developed over the years could be additionally put to use for my community.”

She said Morris County, and Roxbury in particular, have “some incredibly rich and unique historic resources, real treasures.”

Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak said those who have met, and worked with Curry, know that “she is very, very knowledgeable” about history and historic preservation. “So I think she’s a tremendous asset,” he said.

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