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Indiana Landmarks to laud Huntington native

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019

Source: Indiana Landmarks

Jean Gernand of Huntington is being celebrated for her historic preservation efforts by Indiana Landmarks.

Gernand will receive the Williamson Prize, which recognizes individuals who have taken up the mantle of local historic preservation.

For over 40 years, Gernand has advocated for the revitalization of Huntington’s historic buildings through Huntington Alert, an organization she created to educate the public about the history that surrounds them and why it should be protected. She has helped to save such structures as the Chief Richardville House, the Hotel LaFontaine, the Horace Mann School and a couple of historic homes.

“Jean has been a driving force in advocating preservation of Huntington’s most important historic buildings for decades,” Indiana Landmarks president Marsh Davis said in a statement. “Without her, the city’s historic downtown would not be as rich in character as it is today.”

The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and will be given to Gernand during the organization’s annual meeting September 14 in Indianapolis.