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Preservation Partner Awards
Newton Award for Outstanding Preservation Stewardship
    Named for Mr. & Mrs. Floyd D. Newton for their inspiring stewardship of Boxwood, this award is the highest award given by the Historic Preservation Commission.
The Newton Award recognizes thorough and continuous commitment to the protection and maintenance of a pristine Madison asset. Too often we forget that day-to-day, year-to-year, and generation-to-generation the commitment of outstanding stewards of a historic property.
2017 Recipient

Madison First United Methodist Church

296 S. Main Street

The congregation moved from their original building on Academy Street to their current location on Main Street in 1915 into a newly constructed church. That building, now known as the Asbury Building, remains largely unchanged 100 years later.

Past Recipients

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Brandon-Hart Award for Outstanding Preservation Leadership
    The Morgan County Landmarks Society named this award for Dr. Josephine Brandon and Dr. Carol Hart, local leaders in preservation and specifically heritage education.
The Brandon-Hart Award is given in recognition of a community leader whose contributions have insured the endurance of Madison's architectural heritage. Preservation leadership is evidenced in many sectors of the community - government, non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, and individual advocates.
2017 Recipient

Madison Cemetery Stewardship Commission


Presented to the Madison Cemetery Stewardship Commission for both for years of service toward preservation of Madison's historic cemetery's as well as for their recent fundraising initiative to enable more extensive marker restoration.

Past Recipients
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Hicky Award for Outstanding Preservation Intervention
    The Morgan County Historical Society named this award for Col. Dan and Hattie Mina Hicky, who gave generously of their historic resources and personal time in support of heritage tourism.


The Hicky Award is given in recognition of those who engaged in truly extraordinary efforts without which Madison may have lost an important resource. Recipients are the superlative few who intervened or initiated the preservation moxy needed at an essential moment to save a historic resource from the wrecking ball, demolition-by-neglect, lack of interest, or post-fire.
2016 Recipient (no 2017 Recipient)

Madison Fire Department

127 S. Main Street

Presented to the Madison Fire Department for their efforts in the preventing the destruction of 127 S. Main Street, the Vason Building.

Past Recipients
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