Schoolhouse, historian to receive preservation awards

Stoney Creek Schoolhouse

On May 7, the Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission will present its annual Earl E. Borden Historic Preservation Awards to local historian Debbie Remer and to the Stoney Creek Schoolhouse.

Remer will receive the Earl Borden Award for Historic Preservation Leadership for her leadership of the archeology dig at the Rochester Hills Museum site, including the Taylor log cabin and the Van Hoosen farmhouse. The schoolhouse will receive the Earl Borden Historic Preservation Award for renovation work completed since it was acquired by the Rochester Hills Museum.

A reception honoring the award recipients will take place at 7 p.m. May 16, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road.

Previous winners of the Earl Borden Award include buildings that serve as quality examples of preservation/restoration and individuals or groups demonstrating activism in the field of historic preservation. The awards are presented during May, National Preservation Month. This year, the month’s theme is “Discover America’s Hidden Gems.”

The award was created in 1989 by the Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission in honor of the first mayor of Rochester Hills. Borden was a proponent of protecting local historic heritage through education and preservation. He helped obtain the Van Hoosen farmhouse for use as a city-owned museum and, as supervisor of Avon Township, he was part of the creation of the historic preservation ordinance for the community that became Rochester Hills.

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