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Thank you to everyone who came to WHALE’s Annual Meeting, held on May 21st. It was a wonderful evening and we appreciate everyone’s support for our work. It’s an honor to serve New Bedford and be able to recognize the important people in our community for their work in historic preservation.

Guests heard from Executive Director, Teri Bernert about WHALE’s current preservation projects and our featured speaker, founder of the Heritage Restoration, Robert Cagnetta.

Four recipients were awarded during the evening. The award recipients of the Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award were James Chourinard and Kimberly Arruda for the restoration of Davoll’s General Store and Capital Adventures LLC and Shoreline Development for restoration and adaptive reuse of the Third Meeting House, commonly known as Mattapoisett Grange; both of which have been historic landmarks for more than 200 years. The Christopher “Chip” Gillespie Revitalization Award recipient was New Bedford’s Kilburn Mill, which has been in the spotlight after hosting the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s “Grant Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.” Kilburn Mill was recognized for its revitalization efforts and creative reuse of the historic textile mill. The Carol Ann Juneau Volunteer Award recipient was Bristol County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with the restoration of the historic 1834 Howland House, 38 South Sixth Street, and the 1850 Leander Plummer House, 148 Hawthorn Street.

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