Washington, DC (April 7, 2014) –On April 1, 2014, the National Building Museum hosted the 2014 Honor Award Gala to recognize two worthy recipients who have shaped and developed America’s heritage, culture, communities, and environment.
This year, the museum honored former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for their work to preserve our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage.
Mrs. Bush has demonstrated a strong commitment to historic preservation through her active participation in initiatives such as Taking Care of Texas, the Texas Courthouse Preservation Initiative, the White House restoration, and her leadership with organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall.
Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities by providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources. Further in 1989, the Trust founded the Historic Hotels of America program for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has identified over 250 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Think The Willard and the OmniShoreham here in Washington, DC. Or the The Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley or the The Talbott Hotel in Chicago.
Tribute speakers were; John L. Nau III, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., and Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS NewsHour. Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, accepted the award on behalf of the Trust.