MANCHESTER — Five honorees were recognized by the Manchester Historic Association (MHA) during the 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Tuesday night at the Dana Center on the campus of St. Anselm College.
The Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in the Queen City.
Over 26 years, more than 230 recipients have been recognized for a wide variety of preservation efforts in 40 different categories. The annual event has become the MHA’s single largest fundraiser to support its nonprofit mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Manchester.
The honorees and awards are as follows:
The Hallsville School received a City Landmark Award.
Paul Vanasse and Betsy Price received a Homeowner’s Award for restoration of their home at 63 North Adams St.
The Labbe family received a Stewardship Award for the home at 97 Mammoth Road.
Manchester Public Television Service received an Education Award.
LeBlanc’s True Value Hardware store received a Stewardship of a Family Business Award for the business at 621 Hayward St.
Also recognized at the event with Century Club Awards for 100 years of service to the community were the McLane Middleton law firm, Henry J. Sweeney American Legion Post 2, William H. Jutras American Legion Post 43, Merrimack Street Volvo and State Motors Lincoln.
Matt Albuquerque, founder and CEO of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, served as honorary chairman for the event.
“Matt represents the absolute nexus of the past and the future as it plays out in our historic Millyard,” said John Clayton, executive director of the MHA and Millyard Museum, in a statement. “His passion for our city’s history comes through with every visit to his corporate headquarters at the Langdon Mill at 155 Dow Street, and the life-changing products created by Matt and his team are helping to bring a vitality to the Millyard unseen since the heyday of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.”
Albuquerque spent the last 10 years helping develop the LUKE Arm with New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen’s Deka Research & Development Corp. The LUKE Arm is an advanced prosthesis that is making history because of the innovative and intuitive way the arm is controlled.