Gov. Henry McMaster honored those throughout South Carolina who have worked to preserve the state’s historic sites with the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards.
McMaster, a self-professed history enthusiast, said South Carolina’s past is what makes the state great today.
“The more we realize where we came from, how we’ve gotten here is a great thing,” he said during Friday’s announcements. “I’m proud of those who are taking it upon themselves to see that our history is displayed in its full splendor.”
McMaster presented the awards along with Preservation South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
“It goes a long way toward teaching the young people about what’s important,” McMaster said. “What decisions were made by people years ago, there are a lot of them the same sort of decisions we’re making now.”
University of South Carolina Associate Professor Dr. Bobby Donaldson was presented with the Governor’s Award for individual significant achievements or landmark efforts. In his acceptance speech, Donaldson described his ancestors from the hamlet of Petticoat Junction.
“That’s where my people are from, a little dot in Aiken County,” he said. “My roots run deep in this state. As I stand here today in the state Capitol, I reflect on those people in Petticoat Junction who are my first teachers in history.”
- Elected Official Award – Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Columbia, SC
- Preservation Service Awards- Mann-Simons Site, Columbia, SC; Clemson University Interpretive Plan, Clemson
- Heritage Tourism Award- The Green Book of South Carolina
- Honor Awards- Clemson Outdoor Theatre, First National Bank of Clifton, Garvin-Garvey House Rehabilitation, Drayton Mills, Kress Corner Redevelopment