The award letter stated, "Your blog Plaintalker II helps educate people of Plainfield's history and architecture, as well as making people aware of meetings held by public entities that make decisions affecting historic preservation in Plainfield. You cover many of the Historic Preservation Commission meetings and your blog entries contain pictures of Plainfield's historic buildings."
I received a framed award as well as a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
In response, I gave remarks which may be of interest to my blog readers:
Good evening and thanks to the Historic Preservation Commission for this honor.
I came to Plainfield in 1983 and soon became aware of its historic housing stock.
For a year or so, I lived in one of the mansions on Millionaires Row, albeit in a very non-millionaire communal household. Daily I saw the craftsmanship of the 19th Century in the beautiful features of the house, including a built-in sideboard where we kept our many cookbooks, and a ballroom where we held our last party before disbanding.
Later I learned about Residents Supporting Victorian Plainfield and in 1986 even made one of the banners they carried in the annual Gay Pride parade in Greenwich Village. It was there that RSVP set up a gazebo and invited people to visit Plainfield for house tours in the 1980s. Many of the guests purchased historic homes and restored them.
While writing for the weekly newspaper Plainfield Today, I met Pegeen Fitzgerald while covering a designer showcase at Questover, one of many such events that benefited Muhlenberg and brought hundreds of visitors to Plainfield.
At the Courier News and later on the Plaintalker blog, historic preservation was one of my favorite topics.
The AIDS epidemic of the 1980s robbed the city of some of its most ardent preservationists, but recently the movement has enjoyed new advocates and recognition.
Plainfield’s historic housing stock is still one of its main draws, both for home buyers and visitors and I am glad to have had a chance to tell people about it.